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Social Work - BSc (Hons)

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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.

More about this course

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.

The teaching on this course received a 92.5% student satisfaction rate in the 2018 National Student Survey.

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.

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code L500
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Entry requirements

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.

Modular structure

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

After the course

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.

Additional costs

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

Apply to us for September 2018

It's not too late to start this course in September.

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy - simply call our Clearing hotline on .

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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