Why Herts?
  • Ranked 11th & 16th nationally for Social Work (The Times & Complete University Guide)
  • The Hertfordshire Teaching Partnership helps to ensure all practice placements are in statutory organisations
  • The social work programmes are delivered collaboratively through the Teaching Partnership to help ensure the involvement of social workers, service users and academics in teaching, learning, and assessment

About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Social Work
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Social Work

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.

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.

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)

Teaching methods

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 virtue learning environment (Canvas on StudyNet) and small group tutorial support. You will be taught by lecturers who constantly develop their own knowledge through research, publications, and other scholarly activities, and crucially by experienced social work practitioners, service users and carers.

Social work is a regulated profession. As a social work student you will be expected to register with the Health and Social Care Profession Council (HCPC), 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 placement days in statutory organisations enables you to develop competence in these areas by 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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introductory Social Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Human growth and development 30 Credits Compulsory
    The legal framework for social work practice 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to critical reflection in learning & practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    An Introduction to Interprofessional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Readiness for Direct Practice - Skills 1 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Ethics, Values and Anti-Discriminatory Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Skills for Practice 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Contexts 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    Law and Policy 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Learning 1 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dissertation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Critical practice in contemporary social work 30 Credits Compulsory
    Risk Assessment and Risk Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Legal & Ethical Considerations in practice 30 Credits Compulsory
  • 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

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 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

    UCASA LevelBTEC
    120BBBDDM - BTEC National Extended Diploma in a Health or Social Care related subject

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    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)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202114/07/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    26/09/202114/07/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    26/09/202114/07/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202131/07/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students