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Being a social worker is a demanding but incredibly rewarding career. On the BSc (Hons) Social Work degree at Northumbria you will have direct involvement in enhancing people’s lives

85% of students said that this course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics (NSS, 2019).

Our BSc (Hons) Social Work course will allow you to develop your learning and personal attributes to secure a successful career within the field of social work. The course is delivered through a range of learning methods including lectures, seminars, and tutorials, as well as 170 days of assessed placements in the final two years of study.

At Northumbria, you will be taught by leading academics who have extensive practical experience in a wide range of social work contexts. Furthermore, successful completion of the course, will enable you to apply for registration with Social Work England - a legal requirement for all practising social workers in England.

Many of our graduates from this course go on to work as social workers, dealing with children in need, caring for users with substance or alcohol misuse, people who are homeless or those suffering with mental health problems. Graduates have successful careers in organisations such as local authorities or voluntary sectors, like the NSPCC, as well as going on to further education.

Being a social worker is a demanding but incredibly rewarding career. On the BSc (Hons) Social Work degree at Northumbria you will have direct involvement in enhancing people’s lives

85% of students said that this course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics (NSS, 2019).

Our BSc (Hons) Social Work course will allow you to develop your learning and personal attributes to secure a successful career within the field of social work. The course is delivered through a range of learning methods including lectures, seminars, and tutorials, as well as 170 days of assessed placements in the final two years of study.

At Northumbria, you will be taught by leading academics who have extensive practical experience in a wide range of social work contexts. Furthermore, successful completion of the course, will enable you to apply for registration with Social Work England - a legal requirement for all practising social workers in England.

Many of our graduates from this course go on to work as social workers, dealing with children in need, caring for users with substance or alcohol misuse, people who are homeless or those suffering with mental health problems. Graduates have successful careers in organisations such as local authorities or voluntary sectors, like the NSPCC, as well as going on to further education.

Course Information

UCAS Code
L502

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

Department
Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Our Social Work BSc (Hons) is delivered through a range of learning methods including lectures, stakeholder facilitated skills days, seminars and tutorials, as well as 170 days of assessed placements in the final two years of study. The applied nature of social work as an academic discipline means that practice is an essential core element of learning.

  • In Year 1 you will have the opportunity to undertake a short observational placement and to shadow a social worker in a statutory setting.
  • In Year 2 you will complete a supported and assessed 70-day practice learning opportunity in one of a range of placement settings.
  • In Year 3 you have a second supported and assessed placement of 100 days.

You will have the opportunity to learn collaboratively with students from other professional backgrounds as this is a foundation for shared learning and collaborative working practice.

Placements

As well as academic study, students will undertake two practice placements (170 Hours) in social work settings. Here they will have the opportunity to demonstrate they are able to meet the required standards and professional capabilities for social work. 

You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated team of module leaders and teaching staff with extensive experience in social work education, practice and research. As such you will benefit from teaching that is grounded in real world practice experience in a range of specialist fields.

To fully support your learning journey, you will have a dedicated personal tutor who will be on-hand to offer help or assistance throughout the duration of your studies.

You will have access to broad range of learning resources including lectures, seminars and skills workshops directly informed by practitioners and service user perspectives. Newly equipped simulation facilities allow you to develop practice skills in a safe learning environment in preparation for practice with service users.

The course is based at our Coach Lane campus which houses some of the most advanced facilities in the country. This allows us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in the profession.

You will have access to our University Library and well-equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

You will benefit from teaching that is this grounded in ‘real world’ practice experience in a range of specialist fields. Lecturers are research active across a range of specialist areas relevant to social work practice, which will be used to inform your study on the programme and support your development of evidence-informed practice.

A thriving inter-professional learning and research community within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences will enable you to make links with students on other professional programmes and to develop the skills and understanding required to become a research-minded practitioner.

The importance of people being actively engaged in occupations throughout life and periods of ill-health, transition and change is becoming increasingly recognised on a local, national and international level meaning now is a great time to enter this exciting profession.

Northumbria University boasts strong links with many local organisations and out calibre of graduates is respected throughout the profession, which can be beneficial to your future employment prospects. By successfully completing the Programme you will be eligible to seek registration as a social worker with Social Work England.

The Programme aims to offer opportunity, relevance and enhanced employability to you through learning, teaching, and employer engagement. Qualified social workers have the opportunity to undertake social work post qualifying accredited programmes at Northumbria University.

 

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:

Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional requirements:

You will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. You must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifica

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:

Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional requirements:

You will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. You must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifica

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.


Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

**EU fees for 2021/22 are yet to announced


International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will need to pay for your own travel costs, which may be approximately £800 per year depending on your placement location. You may be eligible to claim reimbursement of travel costs from the NHS Business Authority. Up to date information relating to this can be found at: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/student-services. If using a car to attend placement, you may also need to pay parking charges of approximately £200 per year.



Scholarships and Discounts

Scholarships and Discounts have not been announced for 2021/22 entry, please use the links below as in indication of what schemes are available for 2020/21 entry.

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SW0417 -

Introduction to the Social Work Profession (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn through lectures and seminars facilitated by academic staff, many of whom are qualified and registered Social Workers and who have experience in practice from a range of settings. In addition to taught sessions, you will also be expected to attend a series of Skills Development Days which may be facilitated by current practitioners or service users. These sessions encourage you to reflect on your academic learning and apply this learning to practice scenarios, also the sessions are designed to support your learning throughout the module and support you in applying theoretical knowledge to practice situations.

As part of the module, you will undertake a short placement in a private, voluntary or independent sector social care organisation. You will also have the opportunity to meet and shadow a social worker in a local authority setting.

Your learning is supported by active use of the e-Learning Portal on which the Module Team will post e-resources and materials to support your learning about specific topics which are covered in lectures.

More information

SW0418 -

Skills for Social Work Intervention (20 Credits)

This module will prepare you to undertake direct practice with service users by enabling you to begin developing the practical skills you will need as a social worker. During the module, you will develop your core communication and interpersonal skills and the capacity to develop these further. Specific topics studied during the module include:

* Knowledge of self and the impact on communication
* Personal and professional boundaries as applied to simulated practice situations
* Verbal and non-verbal communication skills with a range of stakeholders
* Observation skills
* Written communication skills including professional letters, reports and case recording
* Interviewing skills, including listening, use of questioning techniques and telephone skills
* Assertiveness in professional contexts
* Managing conflict and effective negotiation
* Understanding service user perspectives including the impact of diversity upon communication
* Skills for reflection and evaluation in simulated practice situations

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SW0419 -

Community and Social Work (Core,20 Credits)

This first year module will introduce you to the topic of community and social work. You will learn about what we (and others) mean when we talk about ‘community’. During the module you will learn about key concepts such as participation, empowerment and citizenship. You will explore the way professionals, volunteers and others work in and with communities to inspire social change. You will learn about the methods and community approaches they employ. The module will introduce you to the role of voluntary and community sector organisations and you will learn about concepts such as civil society and the third sector. You will learn about the policy context for these organisations and the contemporary issues they face. You will also have the opportunity to see how these organisations work in practice (and apply your knowledge) through a short placement.

As a social work student this module will develop your knowledge about the range of organisations social workers work with and in and the range of approaches employed to support and empower people in communities.

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SW0420 -

Introduction to Social Policy and Law (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces the academic disciplines of social policy and law. This module will develop your understanding of national and international policy and legislation and the implications for social work. During the module you will discuss key concepts such as equality, human rights and poverty. The module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of key legislation relating to equality and human rights as well as relevant laws affecting social work practice. The module also aims to introduce you to social policy by discussing and contemporary social issues relating to social work, such as poverty, inequality, housing and health and social care and analysing the policies which aim to address these issues.

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SW0421 -

Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Social Work (Core,20 Credits)

This module has been designed to provide you with underpinning knowledge and understanding regarding the various theories and conceptual perspectives that influence and inform social work practice. This module will support you explore different approaches from sociology and psychology related to development across the life course, as well as the impact of social and psychological contexts to social work practice and service users. Through a range of teaching and learning strategies you will be encouraged to reflect on and explain how and why these thereotical perspectives are important to social work practice contributing therefore to your development as a student social worker and in your professional career.

More information

SW0422 -

Academic Information Skills and Critical Reflection (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the initial foundations for acquisition and critical appraisal of knowledge with which to support your learning across the programme and evidence informed professional judgements in social work practice. These foundations will include the acquisition of academic information skills, key skills of critical reflection and an understanding of fundamental principles of social work research and knowledge creation and include consideration of relevant ethical issues.

More information

SW0514 -

Preparing for Professional Practice (20 Credits)

This module builds upon teaching themes and your learning at Level 4. In line with the requirements of the Practice Capabilities Framework (PCF) the module aims to support you from beginning level practice to the end of the second year of professional social work education. The main topics and subject areas you will study include understanding professional organisations and contexts and collaborative working. There are 27 placement days attached to this module where you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills as developing social work practitioners with service users, carers and other professionals in practice settings. You will demonstrate your professional development through applying your learning on professional practice within differing contexts and by taking responsibility for your conduct, practice and learning within a designated setting. The module will build on the theme of developing your critical self-awareness to enable you to develop your skills in the area of relationship building and collaborative working with a range of stakeholders in a variety of organisations. The module will assist you in developing your appreciation of critical reflection on your own professional journey and viewing this as a key skill for becoming an effective practitioner who is able to respond to changing economic, social, political and organisational contexts. You will have opportunities to build skills of mentoring undertake a peer mentoring role and be involved in the development of others in a supportive environment. The module teaching will provide you with the preparatory foundation for your practice as a professional which will be enhanced in level 5.

More information

SW0515 -

Social Work Assessment and Intervention (40 Credits)

This module has been designed to support you to recognise key concepts and underpinning knowledge about social work assessment and intervention to promote change with service users. You will examine a range of assessment and intervention methods and approaches within the social work process. Through a range of teaching and learning strategies you will be encouraged to explain and distinguish between the various intervention approaches and models of assessment. The module aims to orientate you to the breadth of social work processes, as well as the language and key terms. This module builds upon learning at Level 4 and aims to support you to extend and develop further practice skills in preparation for your first assessed practice learning opportunity.

Through this module you will explore frameworks and models for practice to enable you to develop your ability to respond to practice situations. A focus on specific forms of intervention and techniques will enable depth of knowledge to be gained, and core skills to develop, that will be applied in practice learning.

The syllabus will include:

• Models of assessment, gathering information and child observation
• Methods of intervention including planning and review.
• Enhanced communication skills and self-awareness in practice situations
• Management of self during assessments taking into account risks and assets.
• Incorporating personal and professional boundaries into practice
• Applying and using specific frameworks for assessment and models for intervention.
• Presenting and managing self within situations where conflict is an issue.

More information

SW0516 -

Social Work Law and Ethics (20 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to enable you to understand and explore the detailed application of the law in relation to social work practice in statutory, voluntary and community contexts, and in which it applies to children, young people and adults when your role is concerned with safeguarding and promoting the well- being of individuals, families and carers. You will examine the interface between the law, social work values and social work ethics, in order to consider how legal and policy frameworks are used to promote and sometimes restrict the rights of service users. You will also have an opportunity to consider how the law may be used to promote anti–oppressive and inclusive practice. You will reflect upon the complexity of contemporary universal and national laws, and the social and political contexts within service delivery settings. You will also develop your learning in relation to values, diversity, law and social justice within the Professional Capabilities Framework.

More information

SW0517 -

Risk and Resilience (20 Credits)

This module aims to support you to move from an ability to draw on an understanding of social and psychological factors in interpreting situations (developed at Level 4) to a capacity to critically apply this knowledge in interpreting risk and promoting resilience. You will explore ways of using evidence to inform decision-making and intervention, and draw on techniques for appraising the usefulness of evidence. This will inform your consideration of resilience and risk as key themes for understanding development, and be contextualised by an understanding of theories for interpreting human development, such as attachment theory. This module will further equip you with the underpinning knowledge needed to work effectively with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

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SW0518 -

Critical Research Enquiry (20 Credits)

This module aims to build on your learning from the Year 1 “Academic Skills and Critical Reflection” module (SW0422). It aims to support you to move from being able to locate and make an initial critical appraisal of knowledge towards a deeper understanding of knowledge construction by way of understanding the social work research process, and alongside this, further developing your ability to appraise the quality of different forms of evidence. The curriculum will therefore focus on research methodologies and different elements of the research process. This is with a view to supporting your ability to inform your future practice with high quality and up-to-date evidence, and engage in effective life long learning. The assignments will invite you to explore and critically appraise research based knowledge in an area of your interest relevant to social work practice.

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SW0623 -

Leadership in Social Work (20 Credits)

This module builds on your learning from previous years, deepening your self-awareness, providing further opportunity for reflection and strengthening your ability to understand and function as a leader in the field of social work.

The learning outcomes set out below reflect the broad range of knowledge, skills and values that you will need to function as a leader. In order to prepare for your final placement and thereafter your professional career, the teaching will focus on developing your understanding of the concept of leadership and how it interacts with professional development and both moral and professional accountability
The areas covered in the module include:
• Considering the nature and application of leadership theories and styles
• Understanding the differences between leadership and management.
• The application of a systemic approach in order to understand developments within an organisation
• Developing an initial ability to consider strategic decisions in terms of a team and agency
• Exploring your own style of leadership and considering how the various theories of leadership and management relate to your style
• Social work leadership as a moral activity

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SW0624 -

Developing Skills for Complex Social Work Practice (20 Credits)

This module builds on your learning from previous years, deepening your self-awareness, providing further opportunity for reflection and strengthening your ability to practise as a social worker by working collaboratively with service users and other professionals. It will explore the process of assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation in complex situations within the legal and policy framework, informed by the best available evidence for practice. The learning outcomes set out below reflect the broad range of knowledge, skills and values that you will need to practise as a beginning social worker. In order to prepare for your final placement and thereafter your professional career, the teaching will concentrate on developing core skills for professional social work practice within a range of settings.

The areas covered in the module include:
• Specialist risk assessment and management skills including the identification of abuse and neglect in adults and children
• Higher level communication skills in complex practice
• Application of a range of theoretical models in social work practice
• Using professional judgement and knowledge to make informed decisions in different social work settings.
• Using evidence and research in practice
• Understanding the role of supervision in social work practice and using it for personal support, professional development and reflection
• Inter professional skills in complex practice settings

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SW0625 -

Rights Based Social Work Practice (20 Credits)

You will consolidate and extend learning on rights and values and diversity gained at Levels 4 and 5 and this will further prepare you for your final practice placement which commences following completion of teaching. You will consider the application of rights, values and diversity in relation to professional judgement and decision making in complex and changing statutory social work policy and practice contexts. Consideration of service user perspectives is embedded in the curriculum. Furthermore, you will develop your understanding of the challenges to providing good quality service delivery and professional practice focussing on organisational, policy and service user issues. In the 30 placement days attached to the module you will have an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills as qualifying social work practitioners with service users, carers and other professionals in practice settings.

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SW0626 -

Knowledge for Safeguarding Practice (20 Credits)

This module aims to prepare you for your final practice placement experience by further developing your knowledge and understanding of safeguarding across the life span and with reference to different service user groups. The module will assist you to develop your understanding of the interplay between relevant legislative frameworks and will encourage critical reflection on lessons learned from practice. Development of your knowledge of judgement and decision-making frameworks and inter-agency working practices are also areas of learning within the module. You will consider questions of participation, autonomy and capacity in relation to children, young people and vulnerable adults making links to knowledge of human growth, development and associated safeguarding practices. You will consider questions of professional power, individual choice, methods of engagement and communication and the use of frameworks for social control as aspects of safeguarding practice.

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SW0627 -

Critical Research Project (40 Credits)

This module builds upon your learning from modules SW0422 (Academic information skills and Critical Reflection– Year 1) and SW0518 (Critical Research Enquiry – Year 2). The module aims to help you move from being able to identify, understand and describe knowledge to being able to critically analyse, synthesise and generate knowledge. By the end of this module, you will improve your ability to inform your future practice with high quality and up-to-date evidence, and engage in effective lifelong learning. This module develops your learning in relation to critical reflection, enquiry and evidence-informed practice within the Professional Capabilities Framework.

This module focuses on the production of an evidence-informed project report on a topic relevant to social work practice within the Year 3 placement. This is with a view to enhancing your employability in settings where project planning and evaluation would be required. The report may be related to any topic of your choice that is relevant to the Year 3 placement. The scope for choice is wide to enable you to be creative and pursue topics of personal interest that you would like to learn more about.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SW0417 -

Introduction to the Social Work Profession (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn through lectures and seminars facilitated by academic staff, many of whom are qualified and registered Social Workers and who have experience in practice from a range of settings. In addition to taught sessions, you will also be expected to attend a series of Skills Development Days which may be facilitated by current practitioners or service users. These sessions encourage you to reflect on your academic learning and apply this learning to practice scenarios, also the sessions are designed to support your learning throughout the module and support you in applying theoretical knowledge to practice situations.

As part of the module, you will undertake a short placement in a private, voluntary or independent sector social care organisation. You will also have the opportunity to meet and shadow a social worker in a local authority setting.

Your learning is supported by active use of the e-Learning Portal on which the Module Team will post e-resources and materials to support your learning about specific topics which are covered in lectures.

More information

SW0418 -

Skills for Social Work Intervention (20 Credits)

This module will prepare you to undertake direct practice with service users by enabling you to begin developing the practical skills you will need as a social worker. During the module, you will develop your core communication and interpersonal skills and the capacity to develop these further. Specific topics studied during the module include:

* Knowledge of self and the impact on communication
* Personal and professional boundaries as applied to simulated practice situations
* Verbal and non-verbal communication skills with a range of stakeholders
* Observation skills
* Written communication skills including professional letters, reports and case recording
* Interviewing skills, including listening, use of questioning techniques and telephone skills
* Assertiveness in professional contexts
* Managing conflict and effective negotiation
* Understanding service user perspectives including the impact of diversity upon communication
* Skills for reflection and evaluation in simulated practice situations

More information

SW0419 -

Community and Social Work (Core,20 Credits)

This first year module will introduce you to the topic of community and social work. You will learn about what we (and others) mean when we talk about ‘community’. During the module you will learn about key concepts such as participation, empowerment and citizenship. You will explore the way professionals, volunteers and others work in and with communities to inspire social change. You will learn about the methods and community approaches they employ. The module will introduce you to the role of voluntary and community sector organisations and you will learn about concepts such as civil society and the third sector. You will learn about the policy context for these organisations and the contemporary issues they face. You will also have the opportunity to see how these organisations work in practice (and apply your knowledge) through a short placement.

As a social work student this module will develop your knowledge about the range of organisations social workers work with and in and the range of approaches employed to support and empower people in communities.

More information

SW0420 -

Introduction to Social Policy and Law (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces the academic disciplines of social policy and law. This module will develop your understanding of national and international policy and legislation and the implications for social work. During the module you will discuss key concepts such as equality, human rights and poverty. The module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of key legislation relating to equality and human rights as well as relevant laws affecting social work practice. The module also aims to introduce you to social policy by discussing and contemporary social issues relating to social work, such as poverty, inequality, housing and health and social care and analysing the policies which aim to address these issues.

More information

SW0421 -

Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Social Work (Core,20 Credits)

This module has been designed to provide you with underpinning knowledge and understanding regarding the various theories and conceptual perspectives that influence and inform social work practice. This module will support you explore different approaches from sociology and psychology related to development across the life course, as well as the impact of social and psychological contexts to social work practice and service users. Through a range of teaching and learning strategies you will be encouraged to reflect on and explain how and why these thereotical perspectives are important to social work practice contributing therefore to your development as a student social worker and in your professional career.

More information

SW0422 -

Academic Information Skills and Critical Reflection (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the initial foundations for acquisition and critical appraisal of knowledge with which to support your learning across the programme and evidence informed professional judgements in social work practice. These foundations will include the acquisition of academic information skills, key skills of critical reflection and an understanding of fundamental principles of social work research and knowledge creation and include consideration of relevant ethical issues.

More information

SW0514 -

Preparing for Professional Practice (20 Credits)

This module builds upon teaching themes and your learning at Level 4. In line with the requirements of the Practice Capabilities Framework (PCF) the module aims to support you from beginning level practice to the end of the second year of professional social work education. The main topics and subject areas you will study include understanding professional organisations and contexts and collaborative working. There are 27 placement days attached to this module where you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills as developing social work practitioners with service users, carers and other professionals in practice settings. You will demonstrate your professional development through applying your learning on professional practice within differing contexts and by taking responsibility for your conduct, practice and learning within a designated setting. The module will build on the theme of developing your critical self-awareness to enable you to develop your skills in the area of relationship building and collaborative working with a range of stakeholders in a variety of organisations. The module will assist you in developing your appreciation of critical reflection on your own professional journey and viewing this as a key skill for becoming an effective practitioner who is able to respond to changing economic, social, political and organisational contexts. You will have opportunities to build skills of mentoring undertake a peer mentoring role and be involved in the development of others in a supportive environment. The module teaching will provide you with the preparatory foundation for your practice as a professional which will be enhanced in level 5.

More information

SW0515 -

Social Work Assessment and Intervention (40 Credits)

This module has been designed to support you to recognise key concepts and underpinning knowledge about social work assessment and intervention to promote change with service users. You will examine a range of assessment and intervention methods and approaches within the social work process. Through a range of teaching and learning strategies you will be encouraged to explain and distinguish between the various intervention approaches and models of assessment. The module aims to orientate you to the breadth of social work processes, as well as the language and key terms. This module builds upon learning at Level 4 and aims to support you to extend and develop further practice skills in preparation for your first assessed practice learning opportunity.

Through this module you will explore frameworks and models for practice to enable you to develop your ability to respond to practice situations. A focus on specific forms of intervention and techniques will enable depth of knowledge to be gained, and core skills to develop, that will be applied in practice learning.

The syllabus will include:

• Models of assessment, gathering information and child observation
• Methods of intervention including planning and review.
• Enhanced communication skills and self-awareness in practice situations
• Management of self during assessments taking into account risks and assets.
• Incorporating personal and professional boundaries into practice
• Applying and using specific frameworks for assessment and models for intervention.
• Presenting and managing self within situations where conflict is an issue.

More information

SW0516 -

Social Work Law and Ethics (20 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to enable you to understand and explore the detailed application of the law in relation to social work practice in statutory, voluntary and community contexts, and in which it applies to children, young people and adults when your role is concerned with safeguarding and promoting the well- being of individuals, families and carers. You will examine the interface between the law, social work values and social work ethics, in order to consider how legal and policy frameworks are used to promote and sometimes restrict the rights of service users. You will also have an opportunity to consider how the law may be used to promote anti–oppressive and inclusive practice. You will reflect upon the complexity of contemporary universal and national laws, and the social and political contexts within service delivery settings. You will also develop your learning in relation to values, diversity, law and social justice within the Professional Capabilities Framework.

More information

SW0517 -

Risk and Resilience (20 Credits)

This module aims to support you to move from an ability to draw on an understanding of social and psychological factors in interpreting situations (developed at Level 4) to a capacity to critically apply this knowledge in interpreting risk and promoting resilience. You will explore ways of using evidence to inform decision-making and intervention, and draw on techniques for appraising the usefulness of evidence. This will inform your consideration of resilience and risk as key themes for understanding development, and be contextualised by an understanding of theories for interpreting human development, such as attachment theory. This module will further equip you with the underpinning knowledge needed to work effectively with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

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SW0518 -

Critical Research Enquiry (20 Credits)

This module aims to build on your learning from the Year 1 “Academic Skills and Critical Reflection” module (SW0422). It aims to support you to move from being able to locate and make an initial critical appraisal of knowledge towards a deeper understanding of knowledge construction by way of understanding the social work research process, and alongside this, further developing your ability to appraise the quality of different forms of evidence. The curriculum will therefore focus on research methodologies and different elements of the research process. This is with a view to supporting your ability to inform your future practice with high quality and up-to-date evidence, and engage in effective life long learning. The assignments will invite you to explore and critically appraise research based knowledge in an area of your interest relevant to social work practice.

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SW0623 -

Leadership in Social Work (20 Credits)

This module builds on your learning from previous years, deepening your self-awareness, providing further opportunity for reflection and strengthening your ability to understand and function as a leader in the field of social work.

The learning outcomes set out below reflect the broad range of knowledge, skills and values that you will need to function as a leader. In order to prepare for your final placement and thereafter your professional career, the teaching will focus on developing your understanding of the concept of leadership and how it interacts with professional development and both moral and professional accountability
The areas covered in the module include:
• Considering the nature and application of leadership theories and styles
• Understanding the differences between leadership and management.
• The application of a systemic approach in order to understand developments within an organisation
• Developing an initial ability to consider strategic decisions in terms of a team and agency
• Exploring your own style of leadership and considering how the various theories of leadership and management relate to your style
• Social work leadership as a moral activity

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SW0624 -

Developing Skills for Complex Social Work Practice (20 Credits)

This module builds on your learning from previous years, deepening your self-awareness, providing further opportunity for reflection and strengthening your ability to practise as a social worker by working collaboratively with service users and other professionals. It will explore the process of assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation in complex situations within the legal and policy framework, informed by the best available evidence for practice. The learning outcomes set out below reflect the broad range of knowledge, skills and values that you will need to practise as a beginning social worker. In order to prepare for your final placement and thereafter your professional career, the teaching will concentrate on developing core skills for professional social work practice within a range of settings.

The areas covered in the module include:
• Specialist risk assessment and management skills including the identification of abuse and neglect in adults and children
• Higher level communication skills in complex practice
• Application of a range of theoretical models in social work practice
• Using professional judgement and knowledge to make informed decisions in different social work settings.
• Using evidence and research in practice
• Understanding the role of supervision in social work practice and using it for personal support, professional development and reflection
• Inter professional skills in complex practice settings

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SW0625 -

Rights Based Social Work Practice (20 Credits)

You will consolidate and extend learning on rights and values and diversity gained at Levels 4 and 5 and this will further prepare you for your final practice placement which commences following completion of teaching. You will consider the application of rights, values and diversity in relation to professional judgement and decision making in complex and changing statutory social work policy and practice contexts. Consideration of service user perspectives is embedded in the curriculum. Furthermore, you will develop your understanding of the challenges to providing good quality service delivery and professional practice focussing on organisational, policy and service user issues. In the 30 placement days attached to the module you will have an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills as qualifying social work practitioners with service users, carers and other professionals in practice settings.

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SW0626 -

Knowledge for Safeguarding Practice (20 Credits)

This module aims to prepare you for your final practice placement experience by further developing your knowledge and understanding of safeguarding across the life span and with reference to different service user groups. The module will assist you to develop your understanding of the interplay between relevant legislative frameworks and will encourage critical reflection on lessons learned from practice. Development of your knowledge of judgement and decision-making frameworks and inter-agency working practices are also areas of learning within the module. You will consider questions of participation, autonomy and capacity in relation to children, young people and vulnerable adults making links to knowledge of human growth, development and associated safeguarding practices. You will consider questions of professional power, individual choice, methods of engagement and communication and the use of frameworks for social control as aspects of safeguarding practice.

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SW0627 -

Critical Research Project (40 Credits)

This module builds upon your learning from modules SW0422 (Academic information skills and Critical Reflection– Year 1) and SW0518 (Critical Research Enquiry – Year 2). The module aims to help you move from being able to identify, understand and describe knowledge to being able to critically analyse, synthesise and generate knowledge. By the end of this module, you will improve your ability to inform your future practice with high quality and up-to-date evidence, and engage in effective lifelong learning. This module develops your learning in relation to critical reflection, enquiry and evidence-informed practice within the Professional Capabilities Framework.

This module focuses on the production of an evidence-informed project report on a topic relevant to social work practice within the Year 3 placement. This is with a view to enhancing your employability in settings where project planning and evaluation would be required. The report may be related to any topic of your choice that is relevant to the Year 3 placement. The scope for choice is wide to enable you to be creative and pursue topics of personal interest that you would like to learn more about.

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