Composition of the course
The course consists of taught modules in the University, independent study, simulated skills activities and practice placements. Whilst in practice placements you will be supported and guided by experienced practice educators.
The vast majority of the academic teaching team are experienced practitioners registered with a relevant professional and/or statutory regulatory body. As social work educators, they are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the course. Some have extensive experience in publishing, research in different areas and service user groups. Their previous roles in practice range from social workers to senior practitioners, team managers and independent social work practitioners.
A number of the teaching team have senior lecturer or principal lecturer status and some additionally carry the title of Dr. through completion of research in their specialist subject. Some staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
In accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency the University must ensure that you have met its standards of proficiencies by the end of your course and have the skills, knowledge, good character and health to do your job safely and effectively.
You will need to complete a suitability form for each year of study. This includes information concerning any criminal offences, statement of health and information relating to issues of safeguarding which may arise in connection with past history and address. Any disciplinary issues relating to conduct at work need to be disclosed within this form.
Relevant information concerning health, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and suitability aspects are shared with placement providers in order for them to decide on offer of a placement.
The University has Fitness to Practice processes to consider students who may present issues relating to suitability at the beginning of the course and during their time on the course. These processes can result in a student being withdrawn from the course and details passed to the Health and Care Professions Council.
Honesty is a core requirement for all professional courses and academic breaches such as significant or repeated plagiarism can give rise to Fitness to Practice processes. Students are therefore guided by the Health and Care Professions Council Guidance on conduct and ethics for students throughout the course.
Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.
A capped number of non-means tested Government’s Department of Health bursaries are currently available in years two and three. The availability of bursaries are subject to an ongoing review by the Government’s Department of Health, and the terms and availability may be subject to change. For the latest information visit http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/