Social Work - BSc (Hons)
Why study this course?
Social work is a profession that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice. Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this demanding course enables you to practice as a social worker. You'll benefit from our extensive links with statutory organisations, local authorities and the voluntary sector, and from the experience our lecturers bring to their teaching. London Met is the 2017 "preferred provider" of the The North East London (NEL) commissioning panel, representing the Social Work Development Partnership of five local authorities. The partnership has commissioned us to train existing social workers who can supervise graduates starting out in social work, meaning you'll receive a continuity of support by London Met from your education through to your career.
The Social Work BSc (Hons) is a professionally accredited course providing the knowledge, skills and values required by social workers which enables successful students to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It’s been designed to meet the Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) as defined by the HCPC and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) requirements (originally set out by The College of Social Work).
We’ve integrated the nine areas of the PCF for social workers into our modules. The nine areas are:
- values and ethics
- rights, both justice and economic
- critical reflection and analysis
- contexts and organisations
- professional leadership
Knowledge, skills and values in these core areas will help you develop a professional identity as a social worker, enabling you to become a reflective, resilient and effective social work practitioner.
This course is informed by research, evidence, current policy, practice and theoretical perspectives. You'll learn in a structured and dynamic environment with considerable interaction and through interprofessional learning with experienced academic staff, service users, other professional students as well key social work partners and practitioners.
The three-year period of study includes two placements, with at least one of the placements giving you experience of statutory social work tasks involving legal interventions and the provision of services to contrasting service user groups.
You're assessed via essays, exams, oral presentations, group work, a portfolio and two periods of assessed practice placements.
You'll also undertake supervised social work practice within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 170 days during the course, as well as undertaking 30 skills days.
This course is accredited by the HCPC.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Extended Diploma)
- GCSE Mathematics and English grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent qualification, eg Functional Skills Maths Level 2 and English Level 2)
- two references that demonstrate a minimum of 12 weeks previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people normally within a social care or health context
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Social Work Extended degree.
You will also be required to have a minimum of 12 weeks previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people, normally within a social care or health context. Employer reference/s are required to verify your work experience.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview day where you will present your original qualification certificates, your passport and a completed self-declaration health check. In the interview you will undertake a written test, participate in a group exercise and attend an individual interview.
All offers of places are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced DBS check will be required.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:
- Assessment and Planning
- Communication, Values and Practice Skills
- Human Growth and Development: A Life Course Perspective
- Social Contexts for Professional Practice
Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:
- Partnership Working
- Law for Social Work Practice
- Social Work with Children and Vulnerable Adults
- Theoretical Perspectives in Social Work
- Social Work Practice Learning 1
Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:
- Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults
- Research and Evaluation Skills for Professional Contexts
- Social Work Practice Learning 2
On completion of your course, you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a social worker. Social work is a protected title and only those registered can work in social work roles.
As the course leads to a generic social work qualification, you will not be limited to any particular field of social work. Our graduates take up posts in a variety of settings and care groups including children and families, adult social care, mental health and working with older people and those with learning disabilities.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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News and success stories
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London Metropolitan University recently hosted Karen Goodman of the British Association of Social Workers.
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Social Work Team and Red Cross Day
The Social Work Department hosted a successful event with representatives from the International Cross (Uganda)
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Proactive Child Protection and Social Work second edition published.
Dr Liz Davies, Emeritus Reader in Child Protection in the School of Social Sciences, has launched a new website and blog.
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Islington Survivors Network is a campaign involving survivors of non-recent child abuse within the Islington care system.
Domestic violence study quoted in Parliament
Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit research has been used in a House of Lords debate on the new Housing Bill.
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Patrick Mulrenan and Jo Skinner at an awards ceremony with Lewisham homes residents
KORI is a community charity working in Gambia
Students from Youth Work, Youth Studies and other social care courses have organised a campaign with KORI, a community charity, to fund education for young people living The Gambia.
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Meet the team
Dr Allister ButlerPhoto of a male, Allister Butler, Head of Social Work at London Met.
Karen LyonsPhoto of a female Emeritus Professor (International Social Work) Karen Lyons
Dr Tony NovakImage of Tony Novak
Greg RyanPhoto of a male senior lecturer in Social Work Greg Ryan
Catherine SchumannPhoto of Catherine Schumann
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