Social Work BSc (Hons)
This social work degree, delivered at Ruskin College in partnership with the University of West London, will equip you with the life skills you need to meet the breadth of challenges faced by social workers today. The course attracts students and staff from a wide range of educational and work backgrounds, giving you a learning experience that is both relevant and varied.
Purpose: Higher Education
Duration: 3 years full-time
Validated by: University of West London
Next course: 5 October
What are the qualifications about?
Developed in collaboration with service users, carers and various social work agencies, the course integrates practical work experience at every stage. In addition, you will have opportunities to develop your intellectual and analytical capabilities through theory and research work.
Our Social Work degree leads to a professional qualification, approved by Social Work England, which can be the start of a rewarding career.
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?
You will need GCSE English and Maths at Grade C (4) or above.
How will I learn and be assessed?
On this degree programme you will consider how to apply knowledge, skills and values to complex social problems. The course has a strong practice focus, balanced with theoretical, research and evidenced based teaching and learning.
You will learn from staff who have extensive frontline experience and research expertise and you will benefit from the experiences of your fellow students. Modern-day social work requires excellent team working skills and the ability to think outside the box. We will encourage you to draw on your life experiences so you can think creatively and find innovative solutions.
Although much of your learning will be experiential, we will also use a wide range of teaching methods to ensure you contribute and benefit fully. These can include:
- role-playing sessions
- case work scenarios
- interviews with (and lectures from) service users and carers
In addition, you will have input from a range of other professionals, including police, midwives and senior managers.
Social work placements
During the three-year social work degree you will undertake 170 days of practice placement plus preparatory days. Here is a breakdown:
- In your first year, 30 days in your final module plus five days residential experience (either via a three-day residential activity or by attending a residential care facility for five days)
- In your second year, you will be assigned a 70-day workplace placement alongside your academic studies
- In your third year, you will follow up with a 100-day placement.
Social worker qualifications
Social work is a regulated profession. On graduating with a BSc (Hons) Social Work, you will successfully meet the Social Work England professional standards and will be able to work within the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).
How long do they take?
Completing the Social Work BSc (Hons) course usually takes:
- 3 years full time
What jobs could they lead to?
Once you graduate you could go on to work in:
- a local authority
- the health sector
- the education sector
- non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- the private and charitable sectors.
As a newly qualified social worker you will need to undertake an assessed and supported year before being fully registered.
A qualified social worker can study postgraduate qualifications through post-registration study or training and learning. You will also have the option to specialise in wide and various career pathways, settings and roles.
Qualified social workers can train to become Practice Educators and take on a student in their agency.
What would it cost me?
£9,250 per year. For more information visit our University Programmes Fees and Funding page.