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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.

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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:

  • professionalism
  • values and ethics
  • diversity
  • rights, both justice and economic
  • knowledge
  • judgement
  • 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.

Assessment

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.

Professional accreditation

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 Advanced Diploma)
  • a minimum of six months 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
  • GCSE Mathematics and English grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent qualification, eg Key Skills Communication Level 2 and Numeracy Level 2)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

Please note that we are not offering university equivalence tests to students offered a place on this course.

It is essential that you have experience in either a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people, normally within a social care or health context. Successful applicants will be required to provide a reference from a current or previous employer/organisation in which the candidate gained the requisite practical experience.

All offers of places are subject to satisfactory health and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and suitable references. All students who are offered a place will also be required to show original documentation confirming their stated qualifications in order to receive an unconditional offer of a place.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection day where they will be required to take a written test, participate in a group exercise and attend an individual interview. Service users, and current social work practitioners are actively involved in the selection process.

Please ensure that your UCAS application highlights how you meet the above criteria. Given the volume of applications per year any form that does not meet the above conditions unfortunately will not be processed.

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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module examines key social work roles of assessing need and risk and developing plans for providing support or care to meet these needs and responding to risk. The module considers how social care has developed through the advent of community care to the new personalisation agenda. It will also examine the assessment of children in need and their families, the needs of children in care and adults. Social work practice is set in the context of anti-discriminatory/anti-oppressive practice, social work values and professional ethics. Key issues around risk analysis and management will be addressed and explored in relation to recommendations of inquiries and serious case reviews. It is assessed through a written assignment which will be informed by formative feedback on class exercises.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module will provide students with an understanding of professional social work values, standards and opportunity to develop practice skills. A wide range of communication methods and theories will be presented. The module will be taught with contributions from practice partners, service users and carers and who will have the opportunity to assess students’ suitability to undertake a practice placement. It will provide students with the underpinning knowledge of professional capabilities and assessment of readiness for direct practice. The module contains a number of skills development days.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    The module explores and examines psychological and sociological theories of growth and development through the life course. It is intended to prepare students for effective social work with children and adult service user groups. Service users and carers contribute to this module. The module contains a number of skills development days.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module provides an introduction to social theories, social constructs and social policy to enable students to contextualise social work practice within a broad social science framework. The investigation of the ‘social’ will provide students with an introduction to social science research as a basis for evidence informed practice.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module introduces students to key social work related legislation (and how law is made) and case-law with particular emphasis upon law related to children and families, and vulnerable adults. Students will gain an understanding of how laws and legal processes impact upon social work practice and how they can support anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive approaches. Students will develop a confident understanding of the broader legal contextual and procedural boundaries for their practice and how wider legislationimpacts on the lives of individuals, families and communities (e.g. Human Rights Act).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module is designed to develop a critical awareness of policy changes, professional approaches and contexts, professionalism, organisational functioning to promote effective partnership working. Students will be introduced to and explore key organisational theories and practices and develop a critical understanding of the impact of organisational culture and change and policies upon professional practice. The module also develops student skills in effective teamwork, collaborative decision-making and negotiation through a series of participative learning experiences.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    The module focus is safeguarding children and adults. Learning is situated within current legislation, policy and practice guidance and draws on knowledge grounded in research and the recommendations of serious case reviews. The module promotes principles of social justice and human rights and the voices of children and adults are represented throughout. A multi-professional approach is central to this module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Social Work Practice Learning one provides experiential learning opportunities to integrate theory with practice, to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and relationships, to develop professional values and gain working knowledge of organisational contexts. Through this professionally supervised practice learning experience, students will be provided with constructive feedback on their performance and will be challenged to critically reflect on their effectiveness and capability in line with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency (SOP) and the appropriate level of the College of Social Work’s (TCSW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for the end of this first placement.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module focuses on the need for students to analyse theoretical perspectives relevant to social work taking into account the practical and ethical impact these perspectives have upon different individuals, groups and communities. In addition they need to critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives and research-evidence with regard to relations of power and anti-oppressive practice relevant to social work in a manner that may be innovative, utilising knowledge from social work practice and theories relating to practice.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This module will focus on the proactive protection of children and vulnerable adults in a context of legislation, policy and practice guidance. A rights approach is central to this module as are the voices of children, adult survivors and vulnerable adults. Theory will be¬ explored as applied to best practice and the knowledge base will draw on research as well as recommendations from serious case reviews.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module re-visits research and evaluation methods and their relevance to social work practice contexts, culminating in the completion of a substantive student led project. This is a core module for Social Work students. It builds on earlier core modules that address research and ethical issues at levels 4 and 5. Students will have scope to develop further their critical analytical skills, engage with the research process and undertake a substantive exploration of a relevant subject and with a view to consolidating transferable skills for future employment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Social Work Practice Learning 2 provides experiential learning opportunities for students to: integrate theory and practice, demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and relationships, develop professional values and gain working knowledge of organisational contexts. Through this professionally supervised practice experience, students will be provided with constructive feedback on their performance and will be challenged to reflect on their effectiveness and capability in line with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency (SOP) and the appropriate level of the College of Social Work’s (TCSW, 2012) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).
    Students will have opportunities to develop further their interviewing, assessment and intervention skills and knowledge of processes required for practice. Professional capabilities will be developed across a range of key learning areas and domains. These capabilities will be assessed in the final placement at the level of a beginning practitioner as identified by the TCSW (TCSW,2012), by the end of the qualifying level.

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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.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location 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.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

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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