Social Work BA Hons - 2020 Entry
Lancaster is 1st in the UK for Social Work in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2017). You will be taught by the best academics in the field and our course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will gain the skills and experience you need to be effective and successful in your chosen career.
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, 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.
Two practice placements form an important and integral part of this vocational degree. These are an excellent way of getting to know the role of a social worker and give you hands-on experience to back up your academic learning. This ensures that when you graduate you are prepared for work in the rapidly changing environments of social care.
The two first-year modules, 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 it 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.
Your first placement starts at the beginning of the September before your second year and runs through to mid-December. You then complete a series of modules that include Social Work with Children and Families, Social Work in Adult Social Care and The Research-minded Practitioner.
Your third-year modules include Mental Distress and Health, and Transitions in Social Work. In addition, all social work students write a dissertation. Your final practice placement runs from January to May of your third year.
Each year we accept a wide range of entry qualifications including BTECs, A levels, and Access to HE Diplomas. Applicants must also meet specific English and Mathematics requirements, and we accept a wide range of qualifications that meet these. We also want to ensure that you have some relevant understanding before studying with us, and so your personal statement must highlight either experience of voluntary or paid work in a social service or welfare setting, or personal experience with such support. There is further information below but please contact us if you have any questions.
A Level BBB
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 24 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 21 Level 3 credits at Merit
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
English and Mathematics requirements
GCSE Mathematics grade C or 4, English Language grade C or 4
We will accept other qualifications in English and Mathematics including O level grade C, CSE grade1, Functional Skills Level 2 Pass.
English language requirements (if English is not your native language)
IELTS 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages. Please check with the admissions office for the higher grade equivalents required.
Candidates with appropriate qualifications will be invited to vist us on campus and undertake a group exercise, an individual interview and a written test.
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
By graduating in social work you are eligible to register as a professional social worker in England, and many social work graduates go on to work as professional social workers in social services departments, the NHS, specialist agencies and the voluntary sector.
However, the skills, values and knowledge gained on this degree are highly valued in other careers that involve training, consultancy and research – and a large number of Lancaster graduates are now active in these areas or hold senior managerial posts.
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
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
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For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Additional information for BA Social Work students
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.
The criterion by which we nominate Undergraduate Part 1 students for bursaries will be as follows in this order:
1. Combined overall grades for the modules Social Work Practice 1 and Contemporary Social Problems. The marks used (unless there are any accepted mitigating circumstances) will be those from the first submission of your coursework and first sitting of your examinations. These will be confirmed after the re-sit boards.
2. Exam grade for the module Social Work Practice 1
This criterion results in a list of students in rank order. If there are two or more students with the same grade and there is only one bursary left then we will base our decision on criterion two. If this still results in a draw then we will apply criterion three and then, if required, criterion four.
3. Your attendance record for the module Social Work Practice 1
4. Conditions set out by the Department of Health, including passing ‘readiness to practice’ at the end of the first year
The social work bursary scheme is currently being reviewed and you should regularly check the NHSBSA 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.
This programme has been accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council
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