Social Work (BA Hons)
On this popular degree course, with a practical focus, you will develop your professional skills and knowledge as you work towards a recognised SWE professional social work qualification, experiencing first-hand the challenges and rapidly changing patterns of social work provision today. Successful completion of our Social Work (BA Hons) degree entitles you to apply to the regulatory body for registration as a social worker.
Purpose: Higher Education
Duration: 3 years full-time/4 years part-time
Validated by: The Open University
We are currently unable to accept applications for this programme, but we are happy to take expressions of interest and hope to be able to recruit for September 2020. Anyone registering an expression of interest will be kept up-to-date with this situation in the coming months.
What are the qualifications about?
You will learn how to care for others and understand their specific needs and requirements, while also developing your organisational and essay writing skills. You will enjoy the practical focus, with the opportunity to learn inside and outside of the classroom, with a combined college and placement learning experience.
The Social Work programme prepares you to make an application to become a social worker, although professional accreditation is not guaranteed by a degree programme alone.
Who are they for?
Are you keen to care for people in need and to give a better life to those experiencing social disadvantages? If you have a strong commitment to the empowerment of individuals and communities, and the contribution that social work can make, then this is the programme for you.
What do I need?
There are no Level 3 academic entry requirements, but you will need GCSE English at Grade C (4) or above.
What sorts of things do they cover?
- Law for Social Workers
- Applied Psychology
- Human Growth and Development
- Social Policy
- Welfare Rights
- Principles and Practice of Social Work
- Placement 1
- Research and Social Work
- Principles and Practice of Social Work and Law
- Placement 2
- Final Dissertation
How will I learn and be assessed?
You will enjoy a wide range of teaching and learning methods as detailed in the next section, enhanced by small group tutorials and integrated with two work placements. You will benefit from our close partnerships with local social work programmes and Oxfordshire County Council, offering high quality placements.
You will be assessed through written work, assignments and presentations.
How will the course be delivered?
The course is designed to provide you with the personal and professional development required to apply to become social workers in a variety of settings. The learning experience will encourage you to be enterprising, resourceful problem solvers, who will be able to develop your knowledge base, acquire practical skills, understand value issues and dilemmas and be able to communicate your knowledge in practice situations.
A variety of teaching/learning delivery methods will be used within the programme. These will include:
- Lectures and seminars
- Practice-based learning opportunities
- Experiential workshops
- Opportunities for small group work
- Professional Development Tutorial Groups
- Guided student-led and self-directed study
- Portfolio Learning
- On-line Learning
The following features will permeate this broad range of teaching/learning delivery methods: an emphasis on inclusive, experiential and participatory learning which values and utilises the richly diverse life and practice experiences you bring to the learning environment as embodied in Ruskin’s mission statement. Alongside this the programme places a strong emphasis on academic excellence based on the belief that with the appropriate support, independent study and commitment, all students on the course are capable of flourishing academically.
At the centre of the teaching and learning model on which the programme is developed is a dialogical approach to learning/teaching with learning activities designed to encourage you to adopt a curious, critical ‘problem-posing’ approach to learning. In this way opportunities are offered both in class and in practice-based learning for you to develop knowledge, skills and professional capabilities through achieving a synthesis of theory and life/practice experience leading to your development as critical reflexive and reflective practitioners.
At the centre of the approach to teaching and learning at Ruskin is the conception of social work students who are independent and autonomous learners who are co-producers of knowledge in the class. Through this educational process the course seeks to create a Social Work practitioner with the skills and knowledge to act as a transformative agent of change who perceives social work practice as part of a socially and politically engaged citizenship.
How long do they take?
Completing the Social Work (BA Hons) course usually takes:
- 3 years full time
- 4 years part time
What jobs could they lead to?
You will have a variety of exciting career path options, including Social Work, Youth and Community Work, Drug and Alcohol Support, work with the elderly and disabled, work in charities and hospices, family support, community liaison and housing/welfare.
Previous students have enjoyed a more than 80% social work employment success rate within 6 months of graduating.
What would it cost me?
£9,250 per year full-time, £6,750 per year part-time (not including enhanced DBS check for work placement module). For more information visit our University Programmes Fees and Funding page.