BSc (Hons) Social Work

Available to non EU students

About the course

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In recent years there have been far reaching changes in social work education and training. At the University of Hertfordshire, we have met the challenge of these changes with the BSc Honours degree in Social Work. The programme has been developed in collaboration with our stakeholders, Hertfordshire County Council, Brent Social Services and NCH. We also take account of the views of students and service users in the development of the programme. The degree also has strong links with a number of voluntary agencies and organisations.

A distinctive feature of the programme is an emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills through reflective practice.

The practice analysis undertaken on each placement enables you to develop competence in applying theory, methods and values to your practice. There are excellent student support strategies in place to help you with your progress in these areas.

Subjects covered during your studies will include: law; partnership working; assessment, planning, intervention and review; human growth and development; values and diversity; social science; social policy; communication skills; mental health; disability, families and children; European social work.

Social work is a regulated profession. The BSc Social Work degree leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC Register and practice as a social worker As well as regulating individual social workers and students, we also regulate the performance of social work courses, the reports of which are published on our website, so you can check to see how each university is performing. For more information visit the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)  website.

Student bursaries

There are no NHS bursaries for first year students. The NHS is likely to make some bursaries available for second and third year students. For more details visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/swb

Why choose this course?

Social workers help people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems. Sometimes this includes confronting and managing behaviours that put themselves and others at risk.

To succeed, social workers must work not only with clients but their families and friends as well as working closely with other organisations including the police, National Health Service, and schools.

After completion of the BSc Social Work you will be qualified to work in a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies which employ social workers.

100% of our Social Work graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Professional Accreditations

You are eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a professional social worker.

Careers

After successful completion of your studies, you will be qualified to work in the wide range of statutory and private and voluntary agencies which employ social workers.

100% of our Social Work graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

You will be taught by lecturers who constantly develop their own knowledge through research, publications, and other scholarly activities, and crucially by experienced service users and carers.

The programme is taught through face to face classroom based learning and practice-based learning where students have the support of a practice assessor. This is complemented by e-learning (StudyNet) and small group tutorial support. Students on the programme undertake 100 days practice placements in accredited placement areas in the second and third year of the programme.

Social work is a regulated profession. As a social work student you will be expected to register with the General Social Care Council (CSCC), the social work profession's regulator, and adhere to the standards set out in the code of Practice for Social Workers.

Work Placement

A distinct feature of the programme is an emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills through reflective practice.

The analysis of practice undertaken on each placement enables you to develop competence in applying theory, methods and values to your practice. There are excellent student support strategies in place to help you with your progress in these areas.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introductory Social Science - 15 Credits
  • Human growth and development - 30 Credits
  • The legal framework for social work practice 1 - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to critical reflection in learning & practice - 15 Credits
  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits
  • Readiness for Direct Practice – Skills 1 - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Crime, welfare and Society - 15 Credits
  • Social work theory and methods - 15 Credits
  • Policy Context and Transnational Social Work - 15 Credits
  • Social Policy - 15 Credits
  • Values and ethics for social workers - 15 Credits
  • Collaborative Working with Service users and Carers - 15 Credits
  • The Legal Framework for Social Work 2 - 15 Credits
  • Readiness to Practice 2: Skills for Social Workers - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Dissertation - 30 Credits
  • Critical practice in contemporary social work - 30 Credits
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management - 15 Credits
  • Legal & Ethical Considerations in practice - 30 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2017/2018 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11850 for the 2017/2018 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry

112 - 128 UCAS points

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who are predicted grades in excess of our published tariff. 

  • BTEC Extended Diploma must be in a health or social care related subject.
  • Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at L3 with at least 12 Distinctions and 12 Merits.  
  • International Baccalaureate - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE/Level 2 Qualifications

  • All Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / grade 4 or above which must include Maths, and English.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

All offers are subject to interview, written assessment, group discussion and enhanced DBS check.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201814/07/2019Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201814/07/2019Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201814/07/2019Apply online (Full Time)

2019

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26/09/201914/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201914/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201914/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)