The Social Work BSc (Hons) is a professionally accredited course providing the knowledge, skills and values required by social workers which enables successful students to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It’s been designed to meet the Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) as defined by the HCPC and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) requirements (originally set out by The College of Social Work).
We’ve integrated the nine areas of the PCF for social workers into our modules. The nine areas are:
- values and ethics
- rights, both justice and economic
- critical reflection and analysis
- contexts and organisations
- professional leadership
Knowledge, skills and values in these core areas will help you develop a professional identity as a social worker, enabling you to become a reflective, resilient and effective social work practitioner.
This course is informed by research, evidence, current policy, practice and theoretical perspectives. You’ll learn in a structured and dynamic environment with considerable interaction and through interprofessional learning with experienced academic staff, service users, other professional students as well key social work partners and practitioners.
The three-year period of study includes two placements, with at least one of the placements giving you experience of statutory social work tasks involving legal interventions and the provision of services to contrasting service user groups.
You’re assessed via essays, exams, oral presentations, group work, a portfolio and two periods of assessed practice placements.
You’ll also undertake supervised social work practice within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 170 days during the course, as well as undertaking 30 skills days.
This course is accredited by the HCPC.
After the course
On completion of your course, you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a social worker. Social work is a protected title and only those registered can work in social work roles.
As the course leads to a generic social work qualification, you will not be limited to any particular field of social work. Our graduates take up posts in a variety of settings and care groups including children and families, adult social care, mental health and working with older people and those with learning disabilities.