Social Work BA Hons - 2017 Entry

UCAS Code
L500

Entry Year
2017

A Level Requirements
ABB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

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.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    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.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level ABB

    International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

    Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units

    Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.

    Essential Subjects

    GCSE Mathematics (C); English Language (C). Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

    IELTS 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each component)

    Further Information

    General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level

    Combination of Qualifications  Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed

    Interviews Applicants for the Social Work course must have experience of voluntary or paid work in a social service or welfare setting, or personal experience. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a recruitment day involving a group exercise, an individual interview and a written test.

    Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    Many Social Work graduates go on to work as professional social workers in social services departments and specialist agencies. A large number of Lancaster graduates now hold senior managerial posts or are actively involved in training, consultancy and research.

    By graduating in Social Work you are eligible to register as a professional social worker in England, but the skills, values and knowledge gained are highly valued in other careers that involve training, consultancy and research.

    The Social Work degree also provides a solid foundation for postgraduate study.


    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2017/18 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2016 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,000 £14,500

    Funding

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

    Scholarships recognising academic talent:

    • An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications 
    • An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A, or the equivalent academic qualifications.  In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
    • An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.

    Bursaries for life, living and learning

    • Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600 

    Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    For social work students ordinarily resident in England, there are bursaries available through the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Information, including eligibility criteria can be found on the NHSBSA website, in their regular Bursary Newsletters, and in their 'Ask Us' section. As there are a limited number of bursaries available, Lancaster University has agreed to allocate these according to certain criteria:

    1. Successful completion of an interview leading to an offer of a place; 
    2.  Attendance;
    3. Academic achievement as evidenced in assessment of Part One work at the beginning of the Summer Term;
    4. Conditions set out by the Department of Health, including passing ‘readiness to practice’ at the end of the first year;
    5. Throughout the bursary allocation process the University will be mindful of its obligations for widening participation and under the Equalities Act 2010.

    The social work bursary scheme is currently being reviewed and you should regularly check the NHSBA website to keep up to date with any changes that will be in place for your entry year.

    Travel costs may be incurred in getting to Social Work placements. The amount will vary depending on the location of the placement but students may be able to claim a placement travel allowance from the NHS or a contribution from the agency offering the placement towards the cost of travel. All Social Work students will need to pay for an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check. Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews

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