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Social workers help people find solutions to their problems and live more successfully in their communities. Sometimes this includes helping them confront and manage behaviours that put themselves and others at risk. To succeed, social workers must work not only with service users, but also with their service user’s families and friends, as well as other organisations including the police, NHS and schools. This course covers subjects such as law, partnership working, assessment and interventions, social science, mental health, disabilities, and families and children.

During the three-year BSc programme, you will learn the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the social worker role.  In your first year of study you will undertake modules which provide core knowledge and skills, including human development across the lifespan, working with diverse communities and service users, key methods and interventions and the policy and legislation which underpins practice. The second year and third years of teaching builds on this to explore ideas in depth including issues of risk and need which social workers manage.  The programme concludes in the writing of a dissertation on a topic area of interest to you. Your learning will be supported by a total of 170 placement days and 30 skills development days.

One of the course’s distinctive features is the chance to put what you learn into practice through a series of work placements.

Why choose this course?

  • 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 in England;
  • An emphasis on small group practice prepares you for practice in a modern multi-professional workforce;
  • Interactive learning in and out of the classroom will help you to understand concepts fully;
  • Academic teaching is supported by social work practitioners from the newly constituted Teaching Partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and the Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust, service users, and carers enabling you to link theory to practice throughout the programme.

What Job can I get?

On graduation you’ll be eligible to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council. You’ll also be qualified to work in the wide range of statutory, private and voluntary agencies that employ social workers.

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. These areas include, for example:

  • Children and their families, either to avoid family breakdown or where there is a risk of abuse of neglect
  • Children with disabilities
  • Young offenders
  • Foster carers;
  • Adults with physical or mental health difficulties
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Older people
  • Carers
  • 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.

Our programme will equip you with knowledge and skills to practice with children and adults throughout their lives.

Did you know a British Prime Minister was a social worker and social work lecturer? (Clement Attlee PM 1945-1951)

What job can I get?

On graduation you’ll be eligible to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council. You’ll also be qualified to work in the wide range of statutory, private and voluntary agencies that employ social workers.

Professional Accreditations

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

Course details

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 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

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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Scholarships

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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...

2019 entry

120-168 UCAS points

BTEC Extended Diploma 

BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care or related subject— pass with DDM

Access to HE Diploma 

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Of the 45 credits at level 3, the combination of pass/merit/distinctions must equate to 120 UCAS points. Candidates without GCSE maths and English at grade 4 (C) or above must complete equivalents contained within the Access course (normally 6 level 2 credits in numeracy and 6 in literacy). 

  International Baccalaureate 

120 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). 

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GCSE/Level 2 Qualifications

  • Must have Maths and English Language GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE/Level 2 Qualifications.
  • International students are required to demonstrate an English Language capability with an overall average of IELTS 7, with no less than 7 in any band

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

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

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201914/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201914/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201914/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Part Time)

2020

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26/09/202014/07/2021Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/202014/07/2021Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/202014/07/2021Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Part Time)