Social Work & Integrated Care

Based at our High Wycombe Campus, our Department of Social Work and Integrated Care offers courses which will be of interest to you if you are planning a career, or are looking to progress your career, in a range of health and social care settings.

At Bucks you'll have the opportunities, experiences and encouragement to create the foundation for a successful career. We’ll help give you the specialist knowledge and skills to succeed at whatever level your ambition takes you.

For more information, or to discuss how we can help you achieve your career goals, email us, call 0330 123 2023, or attend one of our open days.

Our Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care will help give you the skills and qualifications for caring for those with mental health needs, learning disabilities, the elderly and disabled in a wide range of health and social care settings.

The learning is structured around your present or future employment, and has been planned with employers to meet the needs of the workforce in health and social care.

On successful completion of the FDA in Health and Social Care, you can choose to progress your career further with a one year ‘top-up’ BA (Hons) Professional Practice (Integrated Health and Social Care) or you may wish to apply to study for a degree in BSc (Hons) Nursing or BSc (Hons) Social Work.

You can choose to study from a range of locations:

Drawing on studies of society, psychology, social policy, sociology and law, as well as professional social work practice, the BSc (Hons) Social Work or MSc Social Work programmes at Bucks explore the balance between an individual's place in society and the effect of society upon individuals. The course also looks at how effective social work empowers people to take control of their lives.

Whether you undertake the degree or master's programme, our courses are designed to challenge and support you in gaining both fundamental and higher level skills, as well as helping you to achieve personal academic growth and professional development.

Social work is an evolving profession and, at Bucks, you'll have the opportunities, experiences and encouragement to create the foundation for a successful career.

Looking to improve your understanding of safeguarding policy and practice and enhance your resilience when working in this rapidly changing area?

With our inter-disciplinary master’s course in Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding, you’ll gain a unique perspective of how to improve the lives of vulnerable service users. This course includes students from a variety of backgrounds such as social work, nursing, medicine, criminology and social policy.

Led by highly dedicated specialists, you can improve your knowledge and skills to help you develop your career.

We can support organisational and individual development through accredited programmes and modules, short courses, bespoke training and study days held in-house or at one of our campuses.

We can provide research and consultation for employers as well as support and supervision for practitioners. We also regularly engage in collaborative projects and membership of organisational panels and boards.

For more information email us or call 0330 123 2023.

The Social Work Academy provides an employer-led centre of excellence for the training of social workers in Buckinghamshire.

This academy is a partnership between Bucks New University, Buckinghamshire County Council, and Buckinghamshire College Group. Working in partnership to meet the regional skills demands has enabled us to offer a unique and bespoke solution to local skills shortages in social work.

We offer training for those currently working in the sector and promote career pathways for school leavers into the profession as well as providing an entry route for adults wanting a career change.

As well as increasing recruitment into social work, this partnership also aims to:

  • improve and support learning opportunities for experienced social workers and managers
  • embed the learning culture and encourage our social workers to continue to link theory with practice
  • build on the well-established Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme for newly qualified social workers.

For more information email us or call 0330 123 2023.