Key Facts

Course Title: Social Work
Course type: Single Honours
Entry Requirements: full details
Approximate intake: 30
Study Abroad: Yes
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Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Social Work
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Overview


Social Work is a practice based profession which engages people and groups to address complex life challenges and enhance well being.  The social work discipline is underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and practice based knowledge.  Our enthusiastic staff group bring a wide variety of experiences from practice and research which include: child rights, gerontology, protection and safeguarding and the value base of social work.  We have a long established history of providing social work at Keele and offer an informed and critical approach to knowledge about the social content in which social work is practised.  We offer an excellent range of practise placements and our highly regarded skill based learning is led by social work practitioners and people who use services.  

The aims of the BA (Hons) Social Work are to:

  • Provide you with an educational experience which ensures that you are able to engage with the formal knowledge base underpinning social work practice
  • Provide the basic professional training in social work to meet the requirements set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Provide a programme of study that develops the knowledge, skills and values required for effective anti-discriminatory practice in a diverse society
  • Develop your personal and intellectual qualities so that you are able to respond effectively to changes in society and social work practice
  • Prepare you for employment and lay the foundations for continuing professional development

Course Content

First year

Personal and Professional Development spans two semesters and aims to develop your personal, interpersonal and wider communication skills as you prepare for direct work with service users and carers. It will also begin to develop your understanding of the means by which social work services are delivered. As part of this module you will prepare for, and undertake,  30 days' skills preparation for practice.

Human Growth and Development is designed to provide underpinning knowledge of human growth and development and from birth to end of life.

Inequality and Discrimination is intended to provide you with an understanding of the nature and impact of inequality and disadvantage in contemporary Britain.   This will help you to develop an appreciation of the broader context within which social work is practised.

Foundations of Social Work is designed to provide you with an introduction to the values, ethical principles and professional boundaries of social work.

Key Concepts in Social Sciences is intended to help you to develop an appreciation of a number of key concepts from the social sciences that are used to understand and explain the relationship between individuals and their social contexts. 

Introduction to the Legal Processes aims to provide you with an introduction to the relationship between law and practice in social work by examining the sources of law and the judicial system in the UK.

Area of Practice (1) Working with Children and Families is designed to provide underpinning knowledge of the experience and circumstances of children and their families as service users, and the service delivery context (law, policy and practice) in which social work with children and families takes place. 

Area of Practice (1) Working with Adults is designed to provide basic underpinning knowledge of the experience and circumstances of adult service users and the service delivery context (law, policy and practice) in which social work with adults takes place.

Second year

Social Work Theories and Methods (I) is designed to prepare you for a theoretically informed practice in which you are able to provide clear and reasoned justifications for the methods you employ.

Area of Practice (2): Working with Children and Families  is designed to provide further underpinning knowledge of the experience and circumstances of children and families as service users and the service delivery context. You will further develop knowledge in relation to: law, risk assessment, monitoring and review, working with children and families who have complex needs and inter-agency working.

Area of Practice (2): Working with Adults is designed to provide further underpinning knowledge of the experience and circumstances of adult service users and the service delivery context in which social work with adults takes place. You will further develop knowledge in relation to: law, risk assessment, monitoring and review, working with adult service users who have complex needs and inter-agency working.

Personal and Professional Development consists of 70 days' practice learning.  It aims to enable you to apply your personal, interpersonal and wider communication skills to practice.  You will use your knowledge of key social processes to develop your assessment and intervention skills.  It is also intended to enable you to develop your sense of the professional social work role.

Third year

Social Work Theories and Methods (2) is designed to prepare you for a theoretically informed practice in which you are able to provide clear and reasoned justifications for the methods you employ.

Social Work Research provides you with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the research process and its application in practice settings. It also provides you with the opportunity to research, analyse and use current knowledge by undertaking a library-based, evaluative study of an issue drawn from social work practice.

Applying Social Work Knowledge You will have the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops that address current social work knowledge, research and practice, with the aim of developing your own critical social work practice. 

Personal and Professional Development consists of 100 days' practice learning.  It aims to further build on your social work skillls and to develop your sense of yourself as a professional social worker responsible for practice within the context of your agency. 

Codes and Combinations 2014

Single Honours Course available:

 

CoursesUCAS
Social Work: L500

Teaching and Assessment

A variety of teaching, learning and assessment strategies are integrated into the programme. You are supported to take responsibility for your own learning and the volume of independent work increases over the three years of the course.

 

How to apply

Admission to the course is by application form, and successful candidates will be invited to a Selection Day. The Selection Day comprises of an interview, a written test and a group exercise. All candidates are expected to have some general knowledge of social services and broad social problems. It is important that candidates demonstrate awareness of the field they are seeking to enter. Although it is not a requirement for entry, relevant experience is helpful.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

Applicants offered a place on this degree programme will also be required to apply, through the University, for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  The University also has a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders. It should be noted that having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to obtaining a place on this course.

Funding

Details re bursary information  can be found on the www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

Skills and Careers

On successful completion of the programme, you will have achieved the recognised professional qualification in Social Work and be eligible to apply with the Health and Care Professions Council. Career opportunities are available in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

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Additional Costs

You will need to complete a DBS check ahead of the start of the Course.  The current charge is £44 (forms are sent out in August). Other additional costs are text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines.


General additional costs for all students.

Course Information

Tel: 01782 734532
Email: a.a.greatrex@keele.ac.uk

UK/EU Admissions
Tel: (01782) 734156
Email: admissions.ukeu@keele.ac.uk

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