What Will You Study

Social workers face complex and challenging situations and need to be committed to the principles of social justice. At Lancaster, you will learn with enthusiastic lecturers, practitioners and service users and carers. We emphasise research and cutting-edge knowledge to enable you to develop a critical but reflective approach to understanding Social Work in contemporary society.

This degree requires a high level of vocational commitment, so you should be prepared to undertake two practice placements. These are an excellent way of getting to know the role of a social worker and give hands-on experience to back up classroom learning. This ensures that when you graduate you are prepared for work in the rapidly changing environments of social care.

The two first year courses, Social Work Practice and Contemporary Social Problems, will give you an introduction to the nature, origins and values of Social Work and to the economic, organisational policy and social circumstances in which Social Work is practised. You will set issues in the context of class, gender, race and ethnicity, and disability to start developing a critical understanding of Social Work.

Currently, undergraduates go on a placement from the beginning of September preceding their second year through to the middle of December. This is followed by second-year courses that include: Children, Young People and Families, Social Work in Adult Social Care and the Research Minded Practitioner.

Your third-year courses include Mental Distress and Health and uniquely, Social Work and Substance Use. In addition, all Social Work students write a dissertation. Your final practice placement currently runs from January to May of your third year.