You will study 6 modules at Level 6, including a Preparation for Social Work Practice Module, which will help you make the transition to a professional social work programme. The module will promote understanding of the professional social work role, skills and context and will include shadowing a qualified social worker. To progress on the programme students will be required to pass this module.
The knowledge base of the social work studies degree is organised around several themes: professional social work role, skills and context; social work law and policy, child and adult Safeguarding ,models of good practice with different service user groups and a final placement within a Statutory Social Work setting in which their direct practice and ability to work as a theoretically informed practitioner will be assessed. In line with more independent and self-directed learning students will also undertake a critical literature review on a topic of their choice enabling the demonstration of research mindedness, research skills and the ability to critique the relationship between social work practice, underpinning knowledge and evidence base. Students will also have an opportunity to develop specific social work skills through skill sessions attached to each module.
The modules you will study are:
Preparation for Social Work Practice
The Preparation for Social Work Practice module includes teaching of key aspects of knowledge, skills and values required for social work, an opportunity to shadow an experienced social worker and skills based days.
Legal and Policy Context for Social Work
The Legal and Policy Context of Social Work module provides both a comprehensive yet critical understanding of the relationship of law and policy to welfare practice to enable students make context specific judgements about the relevant application of legislation.
Effective Social Work Interventions
The Effective Interventions module focuses on development of a critical understanding of the key theoretical models and interventions relating to social work with varied service user groups while applying the values, skills and knowledge required for good practice.
Critical Literature Review
The Critical Literature module focuses on development of the academic skills required for study at level 6 of the programme and uses a range of learning resources including the substantial library facilities and web-based support.
Safeguarding in Social Work Practice
The Safeguarding module includes the knowledge, skills and values required to critically understand and apply the policies and procedures for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in complex situations.
Practice Learning in Statutory Settings
The Practice Learning in Statutory Settings module provides professionally supervised and assessed experiential, practice-based learning opportunities for students to integrate theory and practice, demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and relationships, develop professional social work values and gain working knowledge of organisational contexts.