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This course satisfies both General Social Care Council (GSCC) and academic requirements and thus successful students achieve both a higher degree and a professional qualification in social work. The various aspects of the course are fully integrated and you will be encouraged to develop academic and practice skills, plus, from the beginning of your studies, a value and evidence-based approach to the profession. Members of the social work teaching team are GSCC-registered social workers and have extensive practice experience with key groups of service users.
You will spend the first term of each year at the University. The second and third terms (January to July) comprise taught input at the University, as well as 100 days on placement in a variety of professional agencies where learning is supervised and assessed by a suitably experienced practitioner.
Placement opportunities include statutory settings as well as in private and voluntary agencies. Both encompass a wide range of service user groups and offer the opportunity to work in partnership with other relevant professionals. Practice learning is structured in recognition of the fact that you may embark on the course with only a limited knowledge of social work practice, but will complete it as a professional ready to embrace employment in a range of settings.
The Programme is assessed using a range of methods including formally assessed papers, assignments, case studies, group and individual presentations, research based work and evidence drawn from Practice Learning in the work place.
These methods are designed to test students in all the areas necessary for competent practice as qualified Social Workers as well as the academic disciplines underpinning such practice. Through the use of a variety of assessment methods students will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice competence. Practice Learning will be assessed over three periods of work-based learning in a variety of social work and related settings.
The Programmes aim is:
To provide an effective learning experience to enable students to achieve a nationally recognised professional qualification in Social Work within the framework of an academically rigorous degree programme.
* To provide a broad base of academic and practice learning at postgraduate level and to provide opportunities for further research and professional development
* To enable students to acquire the core knowledge, skills and values inherent in Social Work as identified in the Department of Health prescribed curriculum (DH 2002) and the Quality Assurance Agencys Benchmark Statement for Social Work (QAA 2008)
* To provide practice learning opportunities for students to develop, and demonstrate competence in, social work practice to meet the requirements of National Occupational Standards (TOPSS 2002)
* To promote equal opportunities and to challenge all forms of oppression and discrimination affecting minority groups in our society
* To support a postgraduate approach to study that includes a systematic and independent ability to develop, critically evaluate both theoretical understanding and practice
* To demonstrate a commitment to research, evaluation and monitoring to ensure quality assurance and that training remains effective and relevant to practice
* To demonstrate an on going commitment to work in collaboration with local employers, practitioners, service users and carers at all levels of the Programme
* To ensure that practice is knowledge-informed and evidence based