Would you like to make a difference to society? Social workers play a key role in supporting and helping people and our degree helps train you to be a confident, effective, resilient and safe practitioner. The course covers all aspects of social work, including theories and methods, legislation, skills for practice and developing professional competency.
Taught by highly experienced staff, on this course you will learn to work with both adults and children and will be eligible to enter any area of practice upon qualification.
Social workers support in a wide range of areas, including child protection, with vulnerable adults, older people and in mental health.
Subject to approval by Social Work England, successful completion of this degree will allow eligibility to apply for registration as a social worker upon graduation.
- 100% of students on this programme said that the course was supportive and they received good advice and guidance about their studies (NSS 2019).
- Our staff have extensive experience in social work practice, teaching and multidisciplinary research, ensuring your learning experience is high-quality and up-to-date with contemporary issues, advancements and debates within the sector.
- Benefit from a high level of Involvement of people with lived experience across the programme, including co taught lectures and assessments.
- This course is designed so that you will learn to work with both adults and children and be eligible to enter any area of practice upon graduation.
- Benefit from practical work placements in settings including Child protection, Adoption and fostering, Physical and/or learning disability support and Youth Justice, which will take your learning beyond the classroom and enhance your experience and employability.
- Develop your transferable skills with interprofessional learning, working alongside students and practitioners from a wide range of other professions including nurses, doctors, criminal justice workers, teachers and the police.
Social Work Bursary
You may be eligible for a non-repayable social work student bursary of up to £4,862 (this is based on the NHS guidance 2020-2021 so may change for future years).
Structure and assessment
- Preparation for Social Work Practice
- Introduction to Law, Policy and Procedure
- Understanding the Life Span (Human growth and development)
- Introduction to Social Work Theories and Skills in practice
- Practice Placement (70 days)
- Law for Social Work Practice
- Research informed practice
- Social Work Theories, Processes and Skills in Practice
- Inter-Professional Education (IPE)
- Research Project
- The Developing Professional Practitioner
- Professional Judgement and Decision Making
- Final Practice Placement (100 days)
Teaching and assessments
Social work is a full-time programme and in the first year, you can expect to be in taught sessions on most days. In the second and third years, you will have one to two days of independent study each week.
Teaching and learning approaches include:
- Individual and group work
- Problem-based learning
While on placements, you will work during the normal hours of your placement agency and may be required to attend placements 5 days per week.
To ensure students are ready to practice, they are assessed in their first year through a communication exercise with a service user or carer and a shadowing exercise where they will shadow a social worker in their practice with service users and reflect on this experience. In addition, you will be required to pass both the second and third year placements
Teaching Contact Hours
Contact hours in a typical week will vary from week to week. . However, typically you will have up to 23 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) some weeks.
Medium group teaching: approx. up to 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Large group teaching: approx. up to 20 hours of lectures each week
Personal study: approx. up to 15 timetabled hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.
The timetable for each week varies and each week is made up of different activities.
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Recently renovated, the Undercroft offers dedicated break out spaces and study spaces allowing for collaborative and interprofessional learning beyond the classroom.
Library and learning zones
On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available.
As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub.
The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.
More flexible ways to learn
We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.
Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it’s replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.
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