BSc (Hons) Social Work

  • 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.

Why choose this course?

  • Social work is a regulated profession. The BSc Social Work degree leads to eligibility to apply to the Social Work England 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 will I study?

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 Social Work England, the social work profession's regulator, and adhere to the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Workers.

Professional Accreditations

You are eligible for registration with Social Work England 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.

What job can I get?

On graduation you’ll be eligible to register as a social worker with Social Work England. 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)