Social Work BA (Hons)
What makes Social Work at Worcester special?
If you want an in-demand career that lets you make a real difference in the world, there’s never been a better time to become a social worker.
Worcester’s BA (Hons) in Social Work delivers a professional qualification combined with an academic degree, giving you the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed. During your training, you will divide your time between studying and supervised work placements.
We seek to include service-users, practitioners, carers and managers from across the social work arena throughout the course, ensuring your learning experience is firmly rooted in the real-world dynamics of the profession.
- Accredited by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), leading to eligibility for the HCPC register – a requirement for practicing social workers in the UK
- A rich and varied learning experience with simulation and assessed practice complimenting more traditional learning techniques, as well as the provision of a Practice Educator, whose role is to supervise your placements to help you consolidate your learning
- Opportunities to study overseas
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
Candidates should possess the following/or be in process of obtaining:
- The minimum age is normally 18 years old at the start of the course
- At least 4 GSCEs Grade C or above, including Maths and English.
- 112 UCAS tariff points
- At least 6 months relevant social care experience, whether paid or voluntary.
Social Care experience:
When completing the UCAS application form, candidates should indicate why they wish to pursue a career in social work. This relates to the requirement for practice experience which should have involved settings either working alongside social workers or with people affected by social work decisions. Candidates can find waged and unwaged practice experience with a range of agencies working with children, young people or adults who are vulnerable. This may, for example, be work with children’s centres, adults who have a physical or learning disability, people with mental health issues or older people with incapacity issues or dementia. There may be opportunities in residential work, supported housing and day care services. This work experience will help candidates decide whether social work is for them and also begin to develop their understanding of social work as well as introduce them to the underpinning values of the profession.
The points used above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.
Applications from mature applicants are particularly welcomed, where they will be assessed on their ability to benefit from and be successful on the course via a range of range of alternative qualifications and experience. This is often demonstrated through the achievement of a level 3 qualification in a relevant area. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.
- Satisfactory occupational health check
- Satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
- Confirmation of the ability to use basic IT facilities
- Where English is a second language, IELTS Level 7 will need to be evidenced
The interview process will check the candidate’s ability to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English. Candidates are also expected
Given that students will be allocated placements in rural areas, access to a car or supported mobility arrangements for the duration of the placements is essential. The ability to meet this requirement will be checked at interview. Successful candidates will be required to complete the university’s suitability documentation and an occupational health check as well as obtain an enhanced DBS statement.
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
The first year of the course requires students to undertake 30 days of Skills development training and to undergo an assessment of 'readiness to practice'. In addition students will study academic modules which will begin to provide the underpinning knowledge needed to practice as a social worker:
In year 2 students will build on their knowledge to enable them to engage with 70 days of practice and start to implement what they have learnt with service users.
In year 3 students will have the opportunity to specialize in either children and families or adult work in the Practice Realities module, which runs alongside 100 days of placement, and the Independent Study.
Diane from Herefordshire Home-Start (voluntary sector) discusses student practice placements.
Jo Smith, Social Work student
"The course has provided a great learning opportunity to develop new and existing skills. The practice element is particularly beneficial and exciting and acts as a platform to apply these skills to a specific area of practice. The structured workshops and modules are informative, insightful and thought-provoking, allowing for discussions and application to workplace experiences. The course is designed to enable students to demonstrate their ability to meet the nine domains within the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and learn the skills and requirements of the HCPC guidelines."
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
The course consists of mandatory involvement in twelve modules over the three year programme including 170 days (7 hours per day) of assessed practice learning.
You will also be required to participate in 30 days of Skills Development work.
Placements are arranged by the university in conjunction with partner agencies and usually will take place between January & Mid May in Year 2 and Mid-September and January during Year 3.
Students may be required to attend placement outside the University academic calendar in order to meet these placement requirements.
Students are required to complete a portfolio evidencing their achievement of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). Students must be prepared to undertake an allocated practice placement in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Dudley and some parts of the Birmingham area.
Every effort will be made to take account of the student’s learning needs and personal circumstances but the university reserves the right to make the final decision and to allocate placements on the basis of availability.
To date, the course has a good record in placing students, increasingly in the Private, Independent and Voluntary sectors.
Laurie-Mo from Worcestershire County Council (statutory sector) discusses student practice placements.
Where could it take you?
On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply to join the HCPC register and seek employment as a qualified social worker in a variety of organisations in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
The programme works closely with Worcestershire and Herefordshire Councils to enhance employment opportunities on completion of the degree.
To date students qualifying from the University have demonstrated a good record in gaining employment.
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.
As part of the course you will need to travel to placements and will therefore need to pay any associated costs. You may be able to reclaim these travel expenses depending on your individual circumstances.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Social Work BA (Hons) - L500
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.