• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

Are you a ‘people person’? Do you have a genuine interest in people? Do you possess patience and perseverance? Then you could potentially become a social worker. As a professionally registered social worker you’ll make a difference to people’s lives.

Gain experience with working with vulnerable groups
Knowing how to help someone overcome their challenges isn’t easy. This course gives you the insight and knowledge to help them overcome barriers. Your study will combine classroom theory with real-life practice experience, some of which involves working alongside current social workers. You’ll also gain an understanding of how social work fits in with UK government policy and legislation.

Become a qualified social worker
This course will prepare you to safeguard both adults and children as part of a multi- disciplinary team as well as deal with issues as varied as school truancy, drug and alcohol abuse, housing and benefit difficulties and helping people get back into work. Once qualified, you can go into a range of settings including local authorities, hospitals, voluntary services, youth justice services and many more.

But your options don't just stop at social work. You'll gain the necessary skills and knowledge that employers value such as team-working skills, high level communications skills, problem-solving skills and analytical and evaluative skills.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: L504

We recognise how crucial social workers are in the community. We’ve made sure that our course covers the standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so our graduates can apply for registration as a professional social worker straight away.

Learn from lecturers who are experts in their field
Our lecturers, all of whom are former social work practitioners, have a rich vein of practice experience from which to draw to bring your learning to life and to ensure theory is always linked to practice. Tutors ensure they remain up to date with the latest sector changes and many of them lead, or are otherwise involved in forums, discussing and influencing the future of social work. Many of the course lecturers are also published authors in the field of social work.

Study within a community of like-minded people
One of the best things about studying Social Work is sharing the experience with other students. Some days will be intensely emotional, so it’s important that you have a friendly team around you. Throughout the course you’ll be supported by your fellow students as well as the teaching team. And you’ll work with social workers who understand exactly what you’re going through.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 32 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 378 hours
Independent learning: 822 hours

Year 2: 18 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
Independent learning: 534 hours

Year 3: 10 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 117 hours
Independent learning: 510 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Year 1

100 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Year 2

85 percent coursework 15 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Year 3

100 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96-112. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required.  Access to Higher Education certificate (in a relevant subject) will normally require at least 45 credits at Level 3 with average unit passes of merit overall. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

On the application form you must list all your qualifications.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Selection days
If your application is successful, you will be invited to a selection day. Selection days are a crucial part of the application process for social work courses at Bucks. If you are invited to a selection day, you will take part in a group discussion and an individual interview. You will also have to complete a written test, for which you will be able to prepare in advance.

Once you have attended and participated fully in a selection day, we will then make a decision on whether to offer you a place and you will be informed via UCAS Track.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L4 20
  • Developing Social Work Skills for Practice
  • Ethics and Values
  • Lifespan Development
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Social Policy and Social Work
  • Society and Social Work
  • The Context of Social Work

Year 2 Modules

  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L5 5
  • Practice Learning 1
  • Practitioner Researcher
  • Social Work Law
  • Social Work Theory and Processes
  • Working with Adults
  • Working with Children and Families
  • Working with Mental Health Service Users

Year 3 Modules

  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L6 5
  • Dissertation
  • Inter-Professional Practice
  • Organisations, Management and Change
  • Practice Learning 2

Fees

How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

Employability

What are my career prospects

Qualified social workers practise in a wide range of settings in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. These may include local authorities, hospitals, voluntary services for drug and alcohol users, mental health services and youth justice services.

There is a good choice of career options for suitably qualified people. Once qualified, social workers continue to undertake post-qualifying training to enhance and develop their knowledge and skills, so that they maintain their place on the register.

Our students have worked with organisations such as:

Students have also gone on to work with agencies like the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.