Course Overview

You will share cutting-edge knowledge and your degree will provide you with up-to-date information on professional development and a critical 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 Care and the Life Course, and 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 final year. 

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