Social Work

BA single honours Social Work 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day

Social work is an inspiring and challenging profession that provides opportunities to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and adults.

You will be taught by experienced academics from a diverse range of practice and research backgrounds. We have excellent relationships with practitioners who also teach on the course and provide high quality placements. Our teaching strategies include a high level of tutor/student contact time and individually designed skills development days.

You will explore areas including:

  • law and policy
  • safeguarding adults and children
  • understanding human development
  • critical thinking.

100% of our Social Work graduates were in professional or managerial employment six months after completing their studies.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2014/15

The teaching of social work is long established at Canterbury Christ Church with taught sessions taking place on the main campus, centrally located in the historic, bustling city of Canterbury which has easy access to public transport. The programme is focused on your development as a competent professional to meet the challenging demands of social work in a changing environment nationally and globally.

You will be equipped with skills to collaborate effectively, recognising the importance of interprofessional working in meeting the needs of social work recipients. The programme is generic, enabling those completing successfully to work in a range of settings meeting the diverse needs of service users, families and carers.

You will be taught by a knowledgeable teaching team with varied local, national and international experiences. Members of the social work teaching team are research active, have experience in consultancy and publishing, and they come from a range of settings which ensures that theory is applied and integrated within local and international realities of social work practice.

The social work team has strong links with varied practice settings and local service user groups who play a significant part in enhancing learning, teaching and placement experience to support your future employability. Placement experience is designed to give you an opportunity to interact and learn in varied settings with qualified social workers and other professionals. 

This course is for anyone interested in pursuing a rewarding and challenging career as a professional social worker.

The course is currently approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. 

Your studies will focus on providing you with the relevant skills, knowledge and values for evidence-informed practice with people across the life span in various settings.

You will study a range of modules, eleven in total. In year one, you will study three social work specific modules and one module on interprofessional working. In year two, you will study four modules: two social work specific modules, one module that introduces you to being a research minded social worker, and a practice module for your 70-day placement. In year three, your final year, you will study three double modules. One specialist module will cover mental health, adult and children and families’ social work and the assessment will be linked to your placement experience. The dissertation module will allow you to explore an area of social work in depth and a practice module for your 100-day placement. 

By the end of the programme you should be able to:

  • Confidently utilise acquired IT skills in a variety of settings.   
  • Communicate effectively with varied service user groups and carers within multi professional and mulita-agency context while understanding the complexity of social work practice.
  • Utilise your critical and analytical skills to analyse research that informs your practice.
  • Work confidently in problem solving while recognising the challenges of social work within a globalised world.
  • Consider ecological perspectives which provides mutual benefit between people and their environments.
  • Adopt anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.

“My experience with Canterbury Christ Church University was fantastic. I had a brilliant Personal Tutor who fully supported me through the three years especially the final year with personal issues. My advice to all students would be to make the most of your placements as it really does count when the time comes to look for employment.”

Student BA Social Work

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Transition week

At the end of each academic year there will be a transition week. This will provide you with an opportunity to consolidate previous years’ learning and prepare for the forthcoming year (including preparatory reading, set work and your transition into employment in year three). The modules, placement and the programme as a whole is structured to meet the standards set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and you will be assessed against the HCPC Standards of Proficiency (social work) and British Association of Social Work (BASW) Professional Capability Framework.

There are varied and exciting employment opportunities for registered social workers. The generic nature of the course means graduates can pursue a career in a full range of settings, such as social services departments within local authorities, health services, and in the voluntary and independent sectors providing community, day care and residential services. There are also opportunities for further study and you can pursue a post-qualifying course at Canterbury Christ Church University or study within a specialised area of social work in other universities. Our BA (Hons) Social Work graduates have gone on to work in variety of settings locally and nationally.

The 170 days placement experience in years two and three will enhance your employability skills. Our Career Development Advisors will help you develop your employability skills. They provide workshops and support with CVs, job hunting, covering letters, support to start your own business and employment opportunities within campus job fairs and seminars. There are also opportunities for part-time paid or voluntary work which is advertised throughout your period of study.

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time  £9,250  £11,000**
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Social Work NHS Bursary

A capped number of non-means tested Department of Health Social Work NHS 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.

The number of bursaries allocated by the Department of Health are currently capped. This means not all students who are enrolled on the programme will receive a bursary. The university nominates students by considering their attendance (60%) and average module marks (40%) in year one. The nominated number of students will be equivalent to the number of allocated bursaries, which fluctuates each year. The NHS bursary set their own criteria and you will be required to submit an application regardless of whether you have been nominated by the university or not.

For the latest information on eligibility criteria and placement travel allowance (year two and three only) visit http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Learning to be a social worker means attaining professional autonomy by making independent decisions and taking responsibility for one’s actions. The programme adopts the ethos of lifelong learning, which encourages transformational thinking and ongoing learning. The programme will ensure that your learning is met in both university sessions and in practice, with each student having a tailored learning support plan were applicable. The programme utilises small group work, seminars/webinars, lectures, podcasts, videos and other varied methods of teaching and learning to enable you to progress into an autonomous learner/professional.

Academic input

The academic teaching team are experienced practitioners, and most are HCPC registered social workers. 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.

The team has extensive experience in publishing, research, and working with diverse service user groups. Their previous roles range from practicing 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 studied for PhD degrees through completion of research in their specialist subject. The team is committed to advancing skilled, research-informed teaching practice, and we are well represented as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Surprising terms

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/

You will be assessed in a variety of ways which include written assignments, exams, group and individual presentations, report writing and simulated interviews.

You will be assessed in your practice placements through observation, discussion, reflective practice, written work and feedback from service users and practitioners and will be required to complete a practice portfolio of learning for each placement. 

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C, or above, or an acceptable equivalent, are also required.

In line with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards of proficiency, the University will need to ensure that ‘all entrants have met the proficiencies and the capabilities by the end of their training and have the skills, knowledge, good character and health to do their job safely and effectively’.

Applicants are encouraged to seek opportunities to gain pre-application experience in a social care or appropriate healthcare setting. Canterbury Christ Church University will select students through a process established with representatives of employers and service users associated with the programme and suitable applicants will be invited for an individual and/or group interview.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The course is currently approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. 

Social work is a professional qualification which carries specific responsibilities to service users, colleagues, and the profession. The University ensures that the programme allows you to meet the HCPC Standards of Proficiency by the end of your course and have the skills, knowledge, and resilience to do your job safely and effectively.

You will complete a suitability form for each year of study. This includes information concerning any criminal convictions, and a statement of health and good character. 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 professional suitability at the beginning of the course and during their time on the course. In exceptional cases 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.

Our facilities include a Simulation Suite where role play can take place and be filmed to enhance learning and skills development.

We work with Kent County Council and Medway Council and have done so for many years. As stakeholders, they offer practice placements for our students. We also have links with the voluntary, health and independent sectors to develop placement opportunities and contribute to teaching on the course

Interview Preparation

For more information on preparing for an interview, please visit our interview guidance page.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

You may be able to demonstrate learning which has occurred in the past by way of certification or experience. Under normal circumstances, students may claim up to a maximum of 50% of the total credit points required for an award, usually for learning which has occurred during the previous five years.

APL relies solely on the provision of evidence of learning by way of certification from another university or college. Applicants will need to provide appropriate documentation including certificates and details of the awarding body. This process may enable you to build directly onto your existing learning if you are choosing a programme of study within the same discipline. Applicants should apply via UCAS.

Applicants who are applying for APL/APEL of theory or practice or both will be considered on an individual basis using the university policy, procedures and set criteria on credits. APL/APEL may be applied when accrediting previous learning in theory or practice for a BA (Hons) Social Work student transferring in from another Approved Education Institution (AEI). Students transferring from another AEI will be required to submit a transcript. All applicants’ past theory and practice learning will be mapped against the BA (Hons) Social Work modules. Applicants will be required to meet the stipulated PCF levels and progression required for BA (Hons) Social Work programme.

Information on the APL process and our policy and procedures to the APL process including information on the stipulated PCF level at each level of entry can be found here.  

Fact file

UCAS code

  • L500

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2018 (Canterbury)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C, or above, or an acceptable equivalent.

    A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent

    More entry requirement details.

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