Why study this course?

Our Social Work (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is an alternative route into social work studies if you don’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard undergraduate degree.

On successful completion of the foundation year, you’ll be able to progress onto the Social Work BSc (Hons) three-year course. Or you may decide to progress onto another one of our social and healthcare courses.

Our social work courses received an 89% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2022, which makes us second in London for this subject area.

We're also ranked fourth in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2023.

Our social work courses are also ranked eighth in the UK for course satisfaction according to the Guardian University Guide.

More about this course

Our social work bachelor's degree with a foundation year will provide you with knowledge, skills and experience to enter or progress your career within the health and social care sector.

The foundation year will equip you with valuable transferable skills that will help you succeed in any workplace – you’ll learn how to manage your workload, critically analyse information and improve your academic writing skills. You’ll also complete a taster module in social work, so that you can prepare for more in-depth study of the subject in the subsequent three years of your course.

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other specialisms studying a foundation year in the School of Social Professions. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn about other disciplines and exchange different perspectives on the topics you study.

The module in social work will help you develop the necessary knowledge and skills that will give you an introduction to studying social work at undergraduate level. This module will also prepare you for the application process for the Social Work BSc (Hons) course. Upon successful completion of assessed group and written tests, you will be put forward to the individual interview stage. If you pass this stage, you’ll join students on our Social Work BSc (Hons) course and study the same content and modules as them. If you are unsuccessful but pass all your modules, you can choose another course at the University, subject to meeting entry requirements.

You are encouraged to attend an Open Day event if you have any queries and would like to speak to an academic member of staff.


Your foundation year will be assessed via group work, coursework, presentations, class tests and portfolios.

Assessments in the subsequent three years of your studies will consist of essays, exams and assessed practice placements. The assessed practice element will require you to work supervised within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 170 days.

Professional accreditation

The bachelor’s part of this course is accredited by Social Work England.

Fees and key information

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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, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2)
  • an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child and Adult Workforce, which is registered with the DBS Update Service. Please note that you will be required to pay for the DBS check.
  • completed 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 OR be willing to complete 12 weeks' experience during your foundation year

As part of the admissions process, you'll need to complete a criminal convictions, health and personal circumstances self-declaration check; present your original qualification certificates and your passport.


Once you've passed the foundation year and the first year of the Social Work BSc, you may be eligible for an NHS bursary. Eligibilty for being nominated to the NHS is based on your performance during your interview and test, taken as part of the social work module that forms part of the foundation year - as well as your performance during study at Level 4. Find out more about the bursary.

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet a specific standard listed under the exceptions in our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 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 0 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
  • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
  • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
  • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
  • autumn semester - Thursday morning

This module aims to:
1. Explore the rationale of examining a variety of sources critically in academic and/or professional practice
2. Provide the opportunity for students to critically explore various themes relating to their pathway choice and sustainability.
3. Develop students’ ability to identify, evaluate and construct a variety of arguments

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Monday morning
  • spring semester - Monday afternoon
  • spring semester - Tuesday morning
  • spring semester - Thursday morning

This module will follow a task based approach involving a process of critically examining an issue, historical or current. Students will be involved in the process of identifying an issue and conduct research into it to gain a critical understanding.

There is a focus on collaborative group work during which students explore a past and/or potential intervention to the issue.

Students will critically reflect on the process and their own learning.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Monday morning
  • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
  • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
  • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
  • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
  • autumn semester - Thursday morning
  • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

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.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Monday morning
  • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
  • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
  • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
  • autumn semester - Thursday morning
  • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

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

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Monday morning
  • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
  • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
  • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
  • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
  • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

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

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Monday morning
  • spring semester - Tuesday morning
  • spring semester - Wednesday morning
  • spring semester - Thursday morning
  • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

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 speaking skills required for effective presentation of research findings
• Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Monday morning
  • spring semester - Tuesday morning
  • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon
  • spring semester - Wednesday morning
  • spring semester - Thursday morning
  • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

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

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Friday afternoon
  • spring semester - Friday 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.

Year 1 modules include:

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

This module provides opportunities for students to prepare for effective social work practice. By the end of this module:

  • You will understand key concepts and to develop a foundational knowledge of need, risk, support and care for children and adults, and the role of the social worker and other related professional fields such as housing
  • You will be able to recognise how legislation, policy and practice guidance relates to assessment and support/care planning.
  • You will be able to understand and reflect on models and theories of assessment and support/care planning for children and adults and to develop practitioner skills in a context of social work ethics and values.
  • You will recognise the importance of promoting the involvement of children and adults in social work processes and the development of skills in the empowerment of service users.
This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

Social Workers are required to develop and apply relevant knowledge from social work practice and research, social sciences, law, other professional and relevant fields, and from the experience of people who use services (PCF Domain 5).

This module will support you to apply knowledge acquired from sociological and psychological theories of adult and child development, people with lived experience and through a child observation task

By the end of this module you will be able to

  • Identify, analyse and evaluate psychological and sociological theories of child and adult development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of child developmental milestones within the parameters of diverse cultures and contexts.
  • Explain and analyse theories of adult development, to understand the specific, day to day difficulties and disadvantages faced by different adult service user groups including people who need the help and support of social care services because of ill-health, impairment/disability.
  • Identify housing challenges and solutions throughout the life course including: the impact of poor housing on children; intergenerational fairness in access to housing; and housing options and support for older people
  • Explain theories of loss and grief and identify differing models of support within the context of anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory theory and practice.
  • Apply psychological and sociological theories of development to a child observation and an adult narrative task.

People with Lived Experience colleagues have contributed to the development, design and delivery of this module in the following ways:

Facilitation of Task 2 narrative and facilitation of teaching sessions to support this task. Facilitation of lifespan development teaching session exploring disability.

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

This year-long module prepares you for direct practice to progress into your first placement.

This module provides opportunities for you to:

• Gain a deeper understanding of the role of social workers, the regulations and key

documents that govern social workers.

• Develop practice skills in a supportive learning environment.

• Develop professional abilities, skills and understanding of the generic role of a social

worker to achieve readiness for practice across a range of different service user


• Develop basic communication skills in-line with the Readiness for Practice criteria.

• Engage with the 9 domains of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

People with Lived Experience colleagues have contributed to the development, design and delivery of this module in the following ways:

- Developed the case studies used in the role play assignment

- Assess the role play assignment

- Co-facilitate a session

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

This module introduces social theories, social constructs, and social policy whereby legislation, ethical issues, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice and Law are embedded throughout the module.

Through the examination of the nine protected Characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, you will address structural issues that impact on the lives of People with Lived Experience.

You will explore and reflect on Global, National and Local issues and how these issues manifest into other social issues, such as homelessness, domestic violence, poverty, education, unemployment etc. (L01)

You will have direct input from People with Lived Experiences and social workers with regards to their lived personal and professional experiences of social issues.

You will scrutinise and analyse, ethical dilemmas and the tensions that exist between Law, legislation, policy and procedures and practice.


You will gain knowledge and understanding of housing Law and how it interconnects with social work practices.

You will be expected to undertake research in preparation for planning for a group presentation in order to develop your communication skills through collaboratively working within groups, which is a fundamental skill within social work. (LO4)

You will acquire knowledge from different sociological perspectives, social policy, human rights and Law. (LO1)

You will be encouraged to explore and question personal values and beliefs systems and investigate how this impacts and influences social work practice. (LO3)

You will have the opportunity

‘People with Lived Experience colleagues have contributed to the development, design and delivery of this module in the following ways

  • Developed the case studies used
  • Co-facilitated a session
  • Marked the presentations’ etc

Year 2 modules include:

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

You will understand, analyse and critically reflect on legal processes, legislation, statutory instruments, and guidance. You will explore social work and multi-agency practice interventions applicable to children and adults in need and at risk of harm. You will examine how these are informed by law, theory, research and the voices of children and adults. Knowledge of inquiries and serious case reviews will inform your learning and concepts of human rights and safeguarding are central to the module. You will understand thresholds for intervention and the application of professional judgement which underpin best-practice models.

The teaching methods are various and participatory. They take into account different learning needs and styles to ensure wide participation. You will be given tools to develop your confidence to interpret the and use law in social work practice in order to safeguard and protect People with Lived Experience. Your understanding of case law will be tested in this module.

The lectures and case studies in the seminars are guided by real life situations as reflected in practice in case law and as described in serious case reviews.

You will have the experience of observing live courts in action and take part in mock court activities (with the presentence of a judge and visiting lawyers). These activities serve to build on existing knowledge of the law and this will further expand your understanding of legislation and law in practice.

An ethical approach to applying the law runs through the whole course. You will learn about the legal system as a way of ensuring social justice, and you will learn how and why a rules-based order based on the European Convention of Human Rights informs all social work practice.

You will have the opportunity to make the connection with anti- discriminatory and anti-Oppressive practice and Equality of Opportunity. You will increase your understanding of the impact of past and present colonial approaches within the law and how a rights-based approach to law facilitates decolonisation in law and practice. The teaching group are experienced Practitioners and Academic staff representing diverse ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and cultures.

The aims of the module are that you will:

  1. learn how the English Courts and legal system works, and how to find your way through legislation, statutory instruments, codes of practice and case law.
  2. become familiar with key professional milestones, such as serious incident reports and professional guidance.
  3. have the opportunity to examine and explore laws related to anti- discriminatory practice, human rights and social justice in relation to current legislation, policy and practice guidance.
  4. have direct live experiences of courts in action, the use of real-life cases and the examination and explorations of serious case reviews.
  5. critically analyse the role of multi-agency working together in protecting children and adults, this will include housing law, and opportunities to explore safeguarding in practice for children and adults.
  6. critically reflect on the professional role with an emphasis on evaluating and managing risk, the importance of accountability, understanding thresholds and the application of professional judgement.
  7. investigate how the law evolved from a colonial context and how a rights-based approach to law facilitates decolonisation in law and practice.
This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start)

Practice Learning 1 will provide you with 70 days of experiential learning opportunities, within a social work or social care setting, to integrate the theory you have been introduced to in university with practice. You will be supported to develop and submit key tasks required to progress to your 1st placement.

You will also be supported to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and relationships, develop professional values and gain working knowledge of organisational contexts. It also aims to provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills required for practice with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities.

It provides the first opportunity for you to practise social work under supervised conditions and develop knowledge, skills and values to enable you to meet the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) at first placement level and Social Work England’s Professional Standards as they relate to this level of your studies.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

This module provides opportunities for students to understand and apply theoretical perspectives that support and structure social work intervention and direct work with children and adults. By the end of this module:

  • You will be able to understand and analyse the contested nature of social work explanations of the circumstances of service users and the interventions implied by these explanations.
  • You will be able to identify and analyse theoretical perspectives relevant to social work taking into account the practical and ethical impact these perspectives have upon different individuals, groups and communities.
  • You will be able to evaluate different theoretical perspectives with regard to relations of power and anti-oppressive practice relevant to social work

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

This module will help you consider the ways that Social Workers, Youth and Community Workers can be creative in the use of ‘self’, reflection and in exploring imaginative new ways of working with people. You explore and learn about a range of creative approaches to enable the development of critical reflective dialogue and support individuals, groups and communities to analyse their circumstances and that issues affecting them, and to search for possible solutions that support growth and change.

Social Workers, Youth and Community Workers who work alongside marginalised individuals, families and communities are required to make difficult decisions and to intervene to support change and improve the circumstances of people’s lives. The social professions require professionals who have a high level of personal commitment, are open-minded and prepared to examine and even change their own attitudes and possible prejudices.

Each encounter with a vulnerable individual, family or community is unique and requires creative thinking about solutions that are specific to that individual, family or community. Ultimately a social professional’s creativity is motivated by and directed to understanding and improving the lives and conditions of marginalised people within society who are in need of support, advocacy and protection. Networking, supporting and championing new ways of meeting need are all creative endeavours, as is the ability to reflect both personally and with others.

Module aims:

  • You will develop an understanding of concepts and underlying principles in fostering critical and reflective dialogue
  • You will be able to use a range of creative approaches to support individuals, groups and communities to analyse their circumstances and explore potential solutions to issues affecting their lives.
  • You will learn how to gather and use the feedback and insights of others to critically reflect on and further develop your own practice.
  • You will develop a critical understanding of power and structural oppression and how this understanding can be used to challenge and disrupt inequality in practice
This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

The module aims to focus on the competing nature of the concept of “disability” and the implications it has on community development, social policies and practice. It examines disability as a new social movement that informs much of the social policy and welfare provisions and community practice today. The module considers the radical transformation of the ways in which disability is understood - informed by the Disability Rights Movements of the 70s and 80s in the UK, and enables students to engage in a culture of debates and reflection that are critical required for effective community work.

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Provide students with a foundation for understanding and analysing disability in the context of current welfare policies and practices.
  • Enable students to grasp the principles of the social model of disability and its implications for social inclusion and community development.
  • Provide students with an understanding of how the experience of disability is shaped by its interaction with gender, ethnicity and social class.
This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

This module will provide an exciting and unique opportunity for students to delve into contemporary cultural production, creativity, resistance, and joy in first, second and third generation African and Caribbean lives in and around London. From documenting the evolution of sound system culture, to exploring visual and written creative expressions, students will unpack the socio-political contexts that shaped the lives and sub-cultures studied.

Students will embrace the joys of Blackness that are often undocumented and under narrated which include topics such as: music, resistance, (anti)policing, mental health, gentrification, migration, LGBTQIA+ lives, intimacy, BMX culture and theatre. Students will immerse themselves in the rich diversity and cultural heritage of London’s African and Caribbean communities through instructor led educational visits, during which there will be a unique opportunity to learn from and network with cultural creators, journalists, activists, authors, producers and more, drawing on guest speakers from backgrounds with GQ, Vice, NY Times, Penguin Books UK, Houses of Parliament and others.

The overall aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the complexities and joys in the lives of those in and around the capital from the African and Caribbean diaspora. Students will be encouraged to begin constructing their decolonial and critical thinking skills within a non-tradition learning environment – combining historical analysis and teaching from those within the grassroots, both inside and outside of academia.

This module was designed and created by the award-winning educationalist Sofia Akel, whose work has featured in The Guardian, GRM Daily, Al-Jazeera, NBC, Huffington Post, Channel 4 News and more. Building on her expertise to create a unique, non-traditional community-oriented module.

This module was inspired by world-renowned journalist and USC academic Afua Hirsch. With thanks to Lionel Bunting and Zainab Khan for their support.

Year 3 modules include:

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

To be research minded is to have the ability to use research to inform practice which counters unfair discrimination, racism, poverty, disadvantage and injustice - consistent with core social work values. This core module enables you to re-visit your teaching and learning on your course and will explore a range of different attributes to develop critical understandings of the application to social work research. This will include:

● An awareness of the value of research
● The ability to identify or generate appropriate sources of evidence
● An appreciation of different methods used to obtain and make sense of research knowledges

It requires you to complete a substantive student led piece of work. You will have scope to develop your critical analytical skills, engage with research processes and explore relevant subjects of personal and professional interest with a view to consolidating transferable skills for future employment.

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

The Practice Learning 2 module provides you with the opportunity to prepare for your professional practice in social work under supervised conditions and

• Develop your knowledge, values and skills in relation to working with people with lived experience in more complex situations, taking responsibility for managing your time and workload effectively.

• Develop an understanding of, and an ability to apply ethical principles and relevant legislation whilst working alongside professionally qualified social workers in a setting and with a people with lived experience group that contrasts with the first placement.

• Consolidate and integrate the skills and knowledge developed in your first placement and university-based teaching modules.

• Demonstrate knowledge and effective application of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) (BASW), Professional Standards (SWE) and the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) (DfE and DoH)

By the end of your final placement, you are expected to be practising at the level that will be required of a newly qualified social worker.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Thursday morning

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of:

  1. The relationship between community and youth activism
  2. The concept of citizenship in action
  3. Practical approaches to supporting lobbying, single issue and political campaigning including use of social media

The aim of the course is to develop a critical understanding of the role of activism in changing policy, meeting local needs and improving people’s lives.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Thursday morning

This module will embrace the notion of social justice, compassion, and inclusion. This is key to our Education for Social Justice Framework at London Metropolitan University


To introduce and familiarise students with key concepts of counselling in groups and their implications in different professional contexts. This module requires students to explore and develop the basic skills needed for counselling and group work and recognise the difference between listening to others as friends, parents, youth and community work practitioners or as counsellors. Due to the experiential nature of the course there is scope for personal development. Many of the exercises will focus on practising skills necessary for counselling in groups and there will be theoretical inputs on the main influences in this area. The aim of the module is for students’ to be introduced to key concepts of counselling and provide a world perspective on group work counselling. The module will involve the students in active group learning, sharing some of their own experiences with other group members. The course will be very practical with the learning being conducted in the large group, small groups, triads and pairs. Emphasis will be placed on learning basic listening skills, finding out what counselling is, how it relates to the student in youth and community work settings, and recognising the importance of developing self-awareness.

In total there are three counselling modules, one at each level. It is envisaged that they correspond to the L1, L2 & L3 of the training structure that prospective counsellors have to undertake with regards to the hours and assessment strategies prior to attending the L4 Diploma in Counselling.

The successful completion of one module is the equivalent of L1.

The successful completion of two modules is the equivalent of L2.

The successful completion of three modules is the equivalent of the L3 qualification.

The module at L6 is an optional module for all the students in the University programmes and will be very much focused on developing counselling skills in working with young people in a group setting in formal and informal groups.

The modules at L5 & L6 will be optional modules. As such there will be an opportunity for all students to cover some of the basic skills in particular settings and working in groups respectively. For those with more experience it will enable them to develop their personal journey at a much deeper level and this will be reflected in the quality of their journal submissions, the depth of the essay question and the enhanced quality of their practical counselling intervention skills.

The assessment processes will be the same to reflect the methods of assessments used on the pre Diploma courses.

It aims to:

  • Critically examine what is counselling groups in a world perspective and its role in youth and community work settings and analyse key approaches, core conditions and models of counselling.
  • Develop a critical awareness of their own self-development and how they are able to use counselling skills to help develop others within groups.
  • Critically examine diversity issues while working with people from different gender, race and sexualities and power dynamics and the importance of anti-oppressive practice especially in group settings.
This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Thursday morning

This module celebrates the super-diversity of the capital city. Students will explore London’s diversity through their own lived experience, and the experience of their families and local communities. London is a ‘city without walls’, welcoming people from all backgrounds looking for a better future and to increased freedom to realise their hopes and ambitions. The module will place individual experience within the varied experiences of minoritized communities- for example in terms of ethnicity, faith and sexuality.

The aims of the module are to:

  • celebrate the history of London in relation to diverse communities
  • place the lived experience of diversity within the wider process of economic, cultural and socio-economic change
  • identify the challenges faced by minoritized communities and celebrate their achievement
  • develop research skills in relation to the diverse communities of London
This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Thursday morning
  • summer studies - Monday morning

The module examines the history of housing policy in the UK, focussing in particular on the shift to neo-liberal housing policies from the 1980s. Key contemporary housing issues and the key causes of the current ‘housing crisis’ in London and the UK are examined

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Thursday morning

This module introduces a range of relationship-based approaches to social work practice that aim to affect societal change through working with the individual. These approaches share a common underlying philosophy of seeing people as inherently valuable and full of potential. Rather than taking a deficit-oriented view of the individual, they go beyond individual cases by attempting to understand the systemic factors that influence people’s lives. In this module you will develop an in-depth understanding of social pedagogy, critical pedagogy, radical social work, poverty aware social work, and Ubuntu philosophy. Their origins and implementation across different countries and over time will be explored, along with newer applications in Britain.

The approaches presented are contrary to the Anglo-American individual casework tradition that emphasises people’s deficits. Through engagement with key reading, discussion, and reflection you will develop an understanding of the social pedagogical concept of Haltung (inner attitude, ethos) as the foundation for meaningful, relationship-based practice. The concepts and tools taught in this module are a powerful antidote to managerialised, target driven practice, allowing practitioners to effectively use discretion to connect with service users and effect change even in practice settings governed by neoliberal policies.

You will practice a range of communication and engagement tools that can be used across practice settings to work with children, young people, adults, and groups. These include active and creative methods, and making use of, and sharing your interests and experiences.

This module provides opportunities for you to:

  • Develop an in-depth and critical knowledge base on how relationship-based approaches can be used to effect social change and promote social justice.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your professional values and role and how these can be used for advocacy.
  • Develop practical communication and engagement skills to apply this way of working in any setting.
  • Explore how to use your skills, interests, and personality to make connections whilst respecting professional boundaries.

Where this course can take you

On graduation you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified social worker with Social Work England.

As the course content covers all aspects of social care, you will be able to seek work opportunities in all fields of social care work – from working with children and families to looking after people with mental health or addiction problems.

Important information about this course

We're committed to continuously improving our degree courses to ensure our students receive the best possible learning experience. Many of the courses in our School of Social Sciences and Professions are currently under review for 2023-24 entry. We encourage you to apply as outlined in the how to apply section of this page and if there are any changes to your course we will contact you. All universities review their courses regularly and this year we are strengthening our social sciences and professions courses to better reflect the needs of employers and ensure you're well-equipped for your future career.

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How to apply

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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