Social Work 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. This single honours degree offers a broad but focused approach, embracing the social sciences, ethics and the law as they relate to social work theory and practice. 

Single Honours
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3 years

UCAS code: L500

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Course Overview

You will explore social issues such as diversity, rights, justice and economic wellbeing.

You’ll learn to undertake effective assessments, planning, interventions and reviews, working in a confidential and non-discriminatory manner with individuals, families and communities. You’ll develop skills for promoting independence, providing support, and preventing harm, neglect and abuse. You’ll also develop transferable skills such as teamwork, record keeping, communication and reflective practice. The course includes 170 days of placement in at least two settings. Keele is one of four Social Work Teaching Partnerships in England which provide an enriched practice experience.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Your Social Work degree from Keele will enable you to be eligible to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council, which will enable you to practice as a social worker in England in the voluntary and statutory sector. The degree will also open up a range of directly related careers in contexts, some of which may require additional training, such as health, charities, education, local government, probation and the prison service. Other less directly related options include working as a youth worker, careers adviser, community development worker or counsellor.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Introduction to Legal Processes
  • Foundations of Social Work
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Key Concepts from Social Sciences
  • Inequality and Disadvantage
  • Area of Practice (1) Working with Children and Families
  • Area of Practice (1) Working with Adults

Second year

  • Personal and Professional Development (70-day practice placement)
  • Area of Practice (2) Working with Children and Families
  • Area of Practice (2) Working with Adults
  • Social Work Theory and Methods (1)

Third year

  • Applying Social Work Knowledge and Research
  • Social Work Research
  • Social Work Theory and Methods (2)
  • Personal and Professional Development (100-day practice placement)