This course enables you to gain the experience and professional capabilities in order to reach the Health and Care Profession Council’s Standards of Proficiency which will entitle you to apply to register as a Social Worker.
Partnerships with people
Social workers form partnerships with people, helping them to assess and interpret the problems they face, and support them in finding solutions. This course will provide you with the skills and theories that will enable you to work as a qualified social worker in a range of settings. A career in social work is very challenging, but equally rewarding, as you get the opportunity to help make a difference to someone´s life.
During this course you´ll spend 170 days in work placements where you can apply the theory you learn into practice. You´ll have 80 days in practice during stage one, and 90 days during stage two.
We have great links with our partners in the local and surrounding areas, so we can provide you with the effective and practical experience you´ll need.
a minimum 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent.
GSCE grade C or above in English and maths or certificated equivalences, regardless of previous educational qualifications.
complete a written test, regardless of previous qualification or educational background.
to meet communicating and comprehension skills to International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) at level 7.
to undergo a health check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The health check determines your fitness for practice.
confirm prior to interview/offer decision making that you can use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
demonstrate awareness of social context for social work practice, awareness of self, ability to develop rapport and potential to develop relevant knowledge, skills and values through professional training (Understanding the levels of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)).
You’ll study these modules:
International Social Welfare
This module will give you an opportunity to learn about social welfare policy and provision, in an international context. Areas such as poverty and social exclusion, childcare, adult care, disability and mental health as well as community-based care will be considered by looking at provision within one chosen country and one service user group, then comparing that with provision in the UK. The module will enable students to develop knowledge and insight into ethical and policy foundations of social work and social care around the world.
Preparation for Practice Learning
A core understanding of social work skills and values, and knowledge of methods, approaches and theories are essential for Professional Social Work Practice. The College of Social Work (TCSW) Professional Capabilities Framework is used as a guiding framework, alongside the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for students and Standards of Proficiency for Social workers in England. The teaching and learning for this module is designed to introduce students to a practical and theoretical explanation of what social work practice entails, and the skills and values required.
Social Work Law
The module will focus on service user and professional practitioner perspectives and the impact of the law and social policy upon these two stakeholders. There will be a theme of anti-oppressive practice throughout the module. You will be encouraged to explore ethical dilemmas in practice-based contexts using the law.
The module will be delivered utilising a blended learning approach. This will include face to face whole group lectures, small group work either in the class or using electronic discussion boards.
Practice Learning 1
The College of Social Work specifies that qualifying programmes provide 170 days of practice learning across the second and third years of the social work degree, which includes an 80 day first placement. The College of Social Work provides 9 Readiness for Practice Capabilities linked to the 9 domains of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) against which you must be holistically assessed.
Practice learning 2
The College of Social work specifies that qualifying programmes provide 170 days of practice learning across years one and two of the social work degree which includes a 90 day second placement. The College of Social Work provides 9 Readiness for Practice Capabilities linked to the 9 domains of the Professional Capabilities Framework against which you must be holistically assessed.
Youth & Crime
This module considers the contemporary management, practices and underlying policy and assumptions about youth criminality and youth justice initiatives in England and Wales. It draws on practice, theory and research to illustrate the aspirations of crime prevention and youth justice programmes and their achievements.
This module further provides the crucial theoretical underpinning as to what it is in a young person’s upbringing and background that may contribute to their offending behaviour, equipping you with vital knowledge and understanding for future youth justice practice. You will study key theories around child development, drawing upon the perennial debate of whether personality is shapedby nature or nurture. Key behavioural traits of young offenders will be explored, both internalised and externalised.
In this taking this module as part of your social work qualifying degree you will be able to explore this area of specialist practice in relation to safeguarding. There have been recent policy changes in relation to the ‘Modernising of Social Services’ and the ‘Personalisation Agenda’, which have an impact on social care undertaken with adults and which have provided social workers with challenges relating to the promotion of independence against the protection of vulnerable adults from abuse.
Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Young People
The module examines the current laws and legal procedures and policies which underpin and drive child protection in this country. You will consider recent and current papers and reports to understand developments which will prepare them for practice.
The Independent Study forms an essential component of the Masters award. It provides the major opportunity for you to demonstrate an ability to work independently. The aim of this module is to enable you to demonstrate critical analysis, problem solving, objective evaluation and reflection on an area of social work practice. You are required to select an area of study and to explore fully its relevance to your professional field, reflecting your in-depth study of a chosen topic area of practice.
There´s a growing demand for qualified social workers who can work in a variety of fields, and this course prepares you for that. You could work with issues such as child protection, vulnerable adults, mental health, disability, older adults and youth justice. These may exist in a variety of settings such as hospitals, day centres, area offices, residential centres, voluntary sectors and schools.
Once you are a qualified social worker, you´ll be expected to continue your professional development so you can keep up-to-date with current trends in the sector and keep your skills updated.
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