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Social Work BA Honours

Course content

Your studies will be focused towards enabling people at risk to live fulfilled and independent lives. In the first year you will build the professional acumen and communication skills required for effective social work and lay the foundations for the second and third years’ academic study and practice-based learning.
All modules, and the programme as a whole, are clearly structured to meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will undertake two professional placements within relevant agencies and will be assessed against the HCPC Standards of Proficiency (social work) and British Association of Social Work (BASW) Professional Capability Framework. The placements usually run concurrently with academic study. You will complete 170 days of assessed practice learning within two approved and contrasting settings. In at least one of your placements, you will gain experience of statutory roles and tasks.
You will be allocated a tutor at the beginning of your course who you will meet regularly in tutor groups and who will also act as a link to your professional placements.
Please visit The British Association of Social Workers for further information about the social work profession.

What you will gain?
Upon graduation, you will be able to communicate effectively with a range of service users and professionals in a variety of contexts and confidently present arguments based on available academic and practice evidence in specialist areas of social work practice. You will be able to confidently use advanced IT skills to carry out professional social work practice and demonstrate an advanced ability to solve problems and to apply this skill to professional practice. You will also critically analyse the latest research findings and apply them to practice.


Year 1

  • Life-course Developments (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Community Project (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Preparation for Professional Practice: Foundation Knowledge and Skills (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Preparation for Professional Practice: Professional Development and Communication (30 credits) – Compulsory

Year 2

  • Law for Social Workers (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Social Work Theories, Interventions and Practice (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Initial Professional Practice Placement – 70 days (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Approaches to Health and Social Care Research (30 credits) – Compulsory

Year 3

  • Final Professional Practice Placement – 100 days (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Social Work Knowledge: Application and Critique (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Year 3 Optional modules – choose 1 of the following:
  • Specialist Knowledge for Professional Practice (Social Work with Adults) (60 credits) – Optional
  • Specialist Knowledge for Professional Practice (Child and Family Social Work) (60 credits) – Optional