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Social Work Programmes in England are currently undergoing a significant revision as a result of government policy. This may mean that some elements of the programme identified in the text may be subject to change.
We are unable to consider international candidates for Social Work.
The course offers:
- Excellent staff-student relationships
- Excellent partnerships with social care providers
- Education and training at Keele is delivered by an enthusiastic staff group who bring a wide variety of experience from practice and who are all research active and retain strong links with practice. Staff interests include: child rights, gerontology, ethnicity, and the value base of social work. Social Work at Keele is part of the highly successful School of Public Policy and Professional Practice with research rated as 'Internationally excellent'
- An informed and critical approach to the acquisition and appreciation of knowledge about the social context within which social work is practised
Social Work education and research has a long history at Keele and is offered at undergraduate and Master's level. On successful completion of the degree, students will be entitled to use the protected title of 'social worker'.
The aims of the BA (Hons) Social Work are to:
- Provide an educational experience which ensures that all students are able to address and critically 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 students’ personal and intellectual qualities so that they are able to respond effectively to changes in society and social work practice
- Prepare students for employment and lay the foundations for continuing professional development
In line with professional and academic regulations, the course leading to the award of degree in Social work aims to develop high levels of academic and professional competence. In conjunction with relevant academic study, you are required to spend 170 days of their studies in assessed practice learning in social care settings.
In the first year you must demonstrate your suitability for professional training in order to progress to the next stage of the award.
Social Work is a regulated profession. As a social work student you will be expected to adhere to the standards set out in the HCPC guidance on conduct and ethics.
Personal and Professional Development spans two semesters and aims to develop your personal, interpersonal and wider communication skills as preparation for direct work with service users and carers. It will also begin to develop your understanding of the modes and 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 basic, underpinning knowledge of human growth and development in order to prepare you to practise more effectively with diverse client groups.
Inequality and Discrimination is intended to provide a basic understanding of the nature and impact of inequality and disadvantage in contemporary Britain and thus develop an appreciation of the broader context within which social work is practised.
Foundations of Social Work is designed to provide an introduction to the values, ethical principles and general professional boundaries (including policy and law) that may give rise to dilemmas and conflicts when working with individuals, families, groups and communities, with the aim of enabling work towards resolution.
Key Concepts in Social Sciences is intended to develop a basic 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. Thus, it seeks to develop an awareness of how social processes create and sustain identity, social structures, social roles and perspectives. This module will be particularly valuable for students who have not previously studied any of the social sciences.
Introduction to the Legal Processes aims to provide you with an introduction to the complex relationship between law and practice in social work by examining the sources of law and the formal operation of the judicial system in the UK.
Area of Practice (1) Working with Children and Families is designed to provide basic 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, with the aim of enabling students to practise effectively with this user group.
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, with a view to enabling you to practise effectively with adult service users.
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 they employ.
Area of Practice (2): Working with Children and Families builds on the Level 1 module Area of Practice (1): Working with Children and Families and is designed to provide further underpinning knowledge of the experience and circumstances of children and families as service users and the service delivery context, to enable you to practice more effectively with this service user group. Specifically, 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 builds on the Level 1 module Area of Practice (1): Working with Adults and 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 to enable you to practise more effectively with adult service users and their carers. Specifically, 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 aims to enable you to apply your personal, interpersonal and wider communication skills as well as your knowledge of key social structures and processes to develop a repertoire of interventive techniques to assist service users. It is also intended to enable you to begin to refine your sense of your professional role and to operate as informed, competent and ethically sound professionals. You will prepare for, and undertake, 70 days’ practice learning.
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 the opportunity to develop an understanding of the research process and the application in practice settings. In addition, it provides the opportunity to research, analyse and use current knowledge of best social work practice by undertaking a library-based, evaluative study of an issue drawn from social work practice.
Applying Social Work Knowledge is taught alongside, and will contribute to the skills and knowledge being acquired in the following Level 3 modules: Social Work Theories and Methods (2) and Social Work Research. 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. Inter-professional working, and wherever possible, inter-professional learning, will be integral to the workshops.
Personal and Professional Development seeks to enhance your interventive repertoire and develop your sense of yourself as professional social workers, responsible for practice within the context of your agency. You will prepare for, and undertake, 100 days’ practice learning.
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Teaching and Assessment
A variety of teaching, learning and assessment strategies are integrated into the programme. You are expected to take responsibility for your own learning and the volume of independent work increases over the three years of the course.
All student social workers will be assessed in the following:
- Practical application of skills, knowledge, research and analytical abilities to deliver a service that creates opportunities for users
- Ability to reflect social work values in their practice
- Ability to manage change and deliver required outcomes
- Ability to communicate with users and carers of all ages and from all sections of the community
- Knowledge of social work theory and how it can be applied in practice
- Ability to function effectively and confidently in multidisciplinary teams
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 follows the CRB Code of Practice in these issues and can provide a copy of this Code on request. 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.
Details re bursary information can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority website.
Skills and Careers
On successful completion of the programme, you will have achieved the recognised professional qualification in Social Work. Career opportunities are available in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.
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.
For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available