The BA Social Work degree programme, accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, introduces students to the range of social work theory, policy and practice. We aim to ensure that our students understand the theoretical foundations of social work, rooted in psychology and sociology; that they understand the social policy and legal context, especially the statutory provisions regarding child care, mental health and adult care; and that they are skilled in working with individuals, families, groups, fellow social workers and other professionals.
By the end of this programme you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to start work as a confident and competent 'beginning social worker'.
The School of Social Work works closely with the University Careers Centre and, together with the Schools Academic Careers Adviser, we will help students to choose their career path and develop their employability skills.
The BA Social Work degree will equip students with a professional qualification and a body of knowledge and skills that will open a wide range of exciting, rewarding and challenging employment in human service professions. Skills you will acquire include:
Many of our graduates will work in local authority children's services departments and adult services departments. However, there are many other options and social workers may be employed in a variety of settings - for example, in the voluntary sector (organisations like the NSPCC, Age UK, MIND), in schools, health trusts, hospitals, area-based programmes such as Ormiston, Connexions, Julian Support, and in private businesses (eg residential care for children or adults).
Social workers also have the opportunity to work with a wide range of service users and carers. They might undertake child protection work, work with young people in care, with care leavers, children with disabilities, foster carers or adopters, people with dementia, people with drug and alcohol addictions, or people with mental health problems. You will also encounter and work with a wide range of other professionals - teachers, health visitors, the police, doctors, psychiatrists and community nurses.
UK/EU Students: £9,000. International Students: £12,300Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Teaching methods are designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of Social Work, as well as developing the analytical, presentation, teamwork and communication skills sought by employers. The School employs a range of interesting and innovative teaching approaches and a careful balance of assessment methods including personal research projects and examination.
The academic year at UEA consists of two 12-week semesters, but on the social work programmes, attendance at University or on placement continues outside these dates. A typical Social Work degree module has two lectures and about one seminar per week. While lectures are attended by all students, seminars are held in smaller groups where you can interact more directly with the tutor and address any problems which have arisen.
Placement learning is central to social work education. Students on the BA Social Work course will spend approximately 200 days in practice-based learning, with placements undertaken with at least two different service user groups. We stress the role of personal tutors who will take an active interest in your development. Whilst on placement, you will work closely with a qualified 'practice educator', who will guide and assess your practice. University tutors maintain close links with students, and there are regular 'call back' days, when students return to the University to work on the links between theory and practice.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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Candidates will be expected to have 3 A levels (see below for typical offer).
Candidates with equivalent qualifications to the A level requirement are encouraged to apply (eg International Baccalaureate; Access to Higher Education certificate). International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.
Students should have 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics at grade C or above.
The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant and applications are actively encouraged from those who want to return to academic study.
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.
Applicants are requested to attend an interview prior to being offered a place on the course. The interview is expected to last about 45 minutes. The interview panel will consist of a University lecturer, a local Social Work practitioner or manager, and a person who uses Social Care Services or provides care and support to a family member/friend.
The interview will enable the panel to look at your personal background and circumstances, your understanding of Social Work and your suitability for the programme.
Applicants will also be required to write an essay of between 800 and 1000 words prior to the interview date. The essay topic is one chosen by the applicant, although it must be of current interest and relevant to social work. Full instructions for the essay will be sent to applicants with the invitation to interview.
PROTECTION OF CHILDREN: Disclosure of Criminal Background for Those with Access to Children All applicants who have been offered a place to study the BA course will be required to obtain a fresh Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure.
An application pack will be sent from the University (this usually happens from April onwards). This should be completed and returned as soon as possible.
General information about this process can be obtained from the Criminal Records Bureau Website.
Experience All applicants are required to have gained at least 6 months' experience of helping people and working with others in a Social Work/Social Care environment. This can be paid or voluntary work. On receiving your UCAS form, which will provide us with your academic reference, we will write to you requesting a second reference which should provide details of your ability in a caring/helping capacity.
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Applicants are required to provide evidence that they are of satisfactory physical and mental health.
The course begins in September each year.
Key factors used to assess an application include:
All applications are considered on their own individual merits.
No work experience is required.
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