The programme has a firm commitment to anti oppressive values and the social work professional ethical Code of Practice along with promoting service user and carer involvement. These are viewed as the foundation for safe and purposeful social work practice.
The programme is also committed to excellence in academic standards and research mindedness Students will be equipped with a rigorous knowledge base informed by best practice and be able to critically evaluate the evidence base of professional social work practice.
24 months full-time
School of Healthcare
The School of Healthcare is one of the largest of its type in the United Kingdom. Its mission is to be a centre of excellence in the provision of high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves clinical practice. The School is situated in the heart of the thriving campus, close to the libraries, IT facilities and Student Union.
What you study
Students are expected to explore the nature of social work practice through a deeper understanding of themselves as people and practitioners and their motivations for becoming social workers.
Students study two Social Work Law modules one in each year, giving a grounding in the structure of the legal system as well as equal opportunities law and social work specific legislation.
The two Professional Development modules one in each year contextualise the practice of social work and introduce the major areas of social work theory as well as critically analysing the underpinning issues of diversity, oppression, values and ethics within the context of the students own experience. Interpersonal communication, assessment and interviewing skills are introduced to give students a starting point for practice placement.
Prior to going out on practice students will shadow an experienced social worker and undergo a ‘fitness to practice’ tutorial based on a virtual exercise.
Social Work with Children and Families and Social Work with Adults will critically analyse current psychological and sociological perspectives and explore issues of disability, mental health and an international perspective. Anti oppressive practice and the perspectives of service users and carers will be analysed. In addition issues of multi agency and Inter-professional working will be critically explored.
The research module will cover the relevant social care methodological approaches including quantitative and qualitative. This module will also develop the information literacy skills of the student in academic study skills including interrogating databases and critically evaluating research and will help students prepare their proposal for their dissertation topic.
Students will undergo two 100 day practice placements one in each year in two different settings with two different client groups and including statutory experience.
Personal tutors and practice educators will work together to produce a coherent practice learning experience that integrates theory and practice and conforms to the requirements of the National Occupational Standards.
Students will work in demanding settings where they will be responsible for their own workload under regular supervision from a practice educator. Students will be expected to develop their initiative and independence in formulating plans, carrying them out and reviewing them in line with the National Occupational Standards for social work