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Social Work Extended Degree (Including Foundation Year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This extended degree provides the foundation level of knowledge needed to study an undergraduate course. It's suited for those who don't have the required qualifications for a traditional undegraduate degree. The course will engage your interest in a range of issues within the social sciences and humanities.

In the foundation year, we'll focus on improving your academic skills, boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential. This will provide an excellent base level of knowledge, allowing you to progress to the remaining three years of this Social Work BSc degree.

The knowledge, skills and values you learn will help you develop your professional identity as a social worker, so that you become a reflective, resilient  and effective social work practitioner.

This four-year extended degree is ideal if you're looking for a career in which you can make a difference to contemporary society.

More about this course

The Social Work BSc (Hons) is a professionally accredited course providing the knowledge, skills and values required by social workers, enaballing you 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

The knowledge, skills and values in these core areas will help to develop your 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, from experienced academic staff, service users, other professional students, as well key social work partners and practitioners.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment types across the modules. Assessment types include portfolios of reflective writing, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code L503
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • At least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points) from an equivalent Level 3 qualification.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C (grade 4) or above or equivalent

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 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:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:
    1. clarify what is meant by critical thinking, reasoning and argument
    2. explore the importance of examining knowledge critically in academic practice
    3. provide the opportunity for students to apply their understanding to academic practices in their particular pathways
    4. develop students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills so that they are able to assess, appreciate and defend a variety of beliefs and values, in particular:
    • encouraging students to consider the importance of different points of view
    • encouraging students to recognise the complexity surrounding many issues
    • developing a rational approach to analysing and evaluating argument
    • developing the skills needed to form and defend well-reasoned arguments, both orally and in writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:
    1. Introduce the use of sociological theories to explore the relationship between society and individuals.
    2. Provide opportunities for reflection on relevance of key theories to individuals and contemporary society.
    3. Extend academic and independent reading skills and understanding of key terminology.
    4. Develop academic speaking (discussion and presenting skills).
    5. Develop digital skills by the use of the VLE and production of presentation aids.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module aims to:

    1. To introduce students to the study of media, crime and ‘race’.

    2. To enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.

    3. To enable students to search, find and use appropriate digital resources, and further develop and consolidate academic skills to enhance their learning experience.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module explores introductory ideas around the themes of self and society, in order to:
    - introduce students to academic study in the Social Sciences and Humanities at H.E level
    - encourage students to reflect on their own identities, as well as their skills and qualities and how they might further develop them through their H.E studies
    - introduce and develop academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through engagement with and production of a range of short Social Science and Humanities themed texts
    - introduce reflective practice and support students to become effective, self-aware learners
    - introduce and develop digital literacy skills
    - develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Investigate the basic principles of research
    • Critically analyse published research
    • Develop and practise research skills
    • Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
    • Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest•
    • Further develop and practise research skills
    • Further develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:

    - Improve academic literacy through essay writing and feedback in the context of Social Science and Humanities debates
    - Develop critical analysis and evaluation of academic source material
    - Select and integrate source material appropriately in academic writing
    - Develop students’ voice in academic writing
    - Integrate reflective practice throughout the essay writing process
    - Further develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - Guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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

    This module is an introduction to social work and will provide students with a broader understanding of social work as a professional discipline, the various roles of social worker, as well as the socio-political context within which social work services are delivered. The relevant values and ethical frameworks which underpin direct social work practice will be explored, as examining how values influence professional identity. Furthermore, students will be introduced to various service user groups and models of practice, and also examine the importance of social justice and human rights in advocating on behalf of service users. There is an emphasis on communication skills, reflective practice, and the importance of understanding how legislation underpins all decision making in social work practice.
    Passing the two practical assessments will gain 15 academic credits for the module.

    PLEASE NOTE: For entry into level 4 BSc Social Work, students must have completed and passed both practical exams. They will then be invited for an individual interview which they must successfully complete for successful progression to the Level 4 BSc Social Work degree.This is a requirement of the HCPC (Health & Care Professional Council) If the assessment is passed and credits gained, but the outcome of the interview is unsuccessful, candidates will be offered progression to alternative degree pathways.

    Aims of the module:
    ● Provide an understanding of the types of social work and the various roles social workers adopt in their daily practice
    ● Examine the values and ethical frameworks which underpin social work
    ● Develop understanding of the socio-political context within which social work services are delivered
    ● Develop the relevant communication and reflective practice skills
    ● Prepare for the formal social work interview process. Passing the individual interview is required for successful progression to the Level 4 BSc Social Work degree.

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This course involves studying a range of topics over one year and will allow you to better understand the degree subject you aim to progress on to at Level 4.

Topics at level 3 include:

  • Introduction to humanities and social sciences
  • Study skills for Access to Higher Education
  • An introduction to academic research
  • Specialist pathway studies in social work
  • Topics at Levels 4, 5 and 6 are determined by the pathway choice following the completion of Level 3 and other necessary Mathematics and English qualifications

After the course

On completion of your degree, you'll 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 won't 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, as well as 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 January 2019

Start a degree in the new year. Applying is quick and easy – simply call our January hotline on or apply to us online.

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the online application.

Non-UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button.

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.

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