Learn to work effectively with children and adults
Our Social Work England accredited BA (Hons) Social Work course prepares you for a career in an exciting, challenging and fulfilling profession.
We welcome a range of students with varying backgrounds, whether you’re a college leaver or a mature student.
Gain the skills and knowledge needed for current practice
You will gain a combination of effective and relevant skills alongside up-to-date knowledge of how to work effectively with children, adults and a wide range of social problems.
The course begins with a carefully structured induction programme, before you move on to study modules designed to develop your personal and professional skills.
You will be supported throughout by a structured tutorial programme; linking university-based learning to practice placements.
Our course combines taught modules and high-quality practice placements. This ensures that you will be able to apply in practice the knowledge and skills gained in modules examining:
- Adult and child development
- Mental health
- Social work methods.
Apply theory to practice on placements
Alongside your academic learning, you will apply theory to practice via placements with our local partners.
We have cultivated strong relationships with several local authorities, where you will learn apply your knowledge to real-world situations and a gain a vital insight into the professional life of a social worker.
Dedicated personal and academic support
Your tutors ensure that you have excellent academic and personal support throughout your degree, as you gain a firm grounding in the skills, professional theory, and values of the social work profession.
We have a long tradition of providing a supportive, student-centred approach to learning and teaching and we believe it is our role to help you develop both personally and professionally throughout your degree.
This has culminated in our excellent rating in the national student satisfaction survey that has underpinned our well-established reputation for teaching Social Work.
Social Work England approved
This course is approved by social work regulator Social Work England.
By the end of the course you will be ready to register with Social Work England and begin your career as a social work professional.
On this course you will:
- Gain the qualifications necessary to register as a professional social worker.
- Learn from experienced and qualified social workers.
- Study modules that are mapped to the national standards for social workers.
- Receive targeted careers support to help you open future career opportunities in a variety of professional roles.
Prepare for the wide range of experiences and learning opportunities that you will encounter in practice
Our BA (Hons) Social Work course prepared you with the skills and knowledge to effectively transition in the challenging but rewarding social work sector.
The course will explore the complexities and intricacies of working within social work, as you learn to prepare for a variety of situations and dilemmas when working with both adults and children and their families.
You will underpin your theoretical learning with dedicated practical experience and assessment as you build the knowledge and confidence that you will need to progress through your career.
Select a year
InductionThis module will introduce you to the University. You'll learn more about the course, the Institute of Health, Education and Social Sciences and there will be an emphasis on academic development. You'll also discover how you will be supported by the tutorial programme throughout your studies with us.
Introduction To Social WorkThis module aims to introduce you to social work roles, tasks and settings. There will be opportunities to provide you with a grounding in the historical and social context of social work practice, which will enable you to understand a framework of theories, values, ethics and research mindedness as a foundation for good practice and study throughout the course. This module will help to develop your ability to think critically and reflectively.
Diversity, Difference And SocietyThe module will use a range of approaches to learning and teaching, which will include problem - based learning, small workshops, and the use of multimedia materials plus appropriate external guest practitioners and/or service users. This will encourage you to develop skills in gaining information relevant to the social identity of those with whom you are working.
Skills For Practice 1This aims to develop the intellectual and practical skills that will be of value in a variety of situations and will include the development of self-awareness, problem-solving, reflection and reflexive skills. It will prepare you to communicate effectively with a range of people in a complex and diverse society. Youll gain insight into the ethical issues and professional codes of practice in relation to intervening in the lives of others.
Skills For Practice 2Build on basic communication and relationship skills in order to prepare for social work practice. You'll develop an understanding of the wider community in which social work takes place. Opportunities to introduce you to the perspectives of service users, carers, and the organisations with which social workers liaise and operate.
Adult And Child Development Across The Life CourseThis module will introduce you to theories of physiological, social, cognitive and psychological development in relation to children and adults throughout the life course. It will also explore difficulties in physiological, psychological and social development and consider cultural, class and gender perspectives in relation to development. The effects of social problems on development and socialisation will also be examined.
Introduction To Legal And Policy FrameworksThe overall aim of this module is to introduce you, as a social work student to the legal and policy frameworks that underpin professional practice. The module will outline the relationship and key differences between legislation and policy. It will help you to appreciate the differing ideological approaches to social policy and how these may find expression in welfare practice and its underlying legal framework.
Disability And Social WorkThis module will start by considering historical, social, and cross-cultural perspectives on disability and learning difficulties. The notion of care and its impact on the lived experience of disability will also be explored. Central to the module will be ethical issues, such as the competing rights of carers and service users. Anti-oppressive practise will be a theme throughout the module, with particular attention to simultaneous oppression, social exclusion and hate crimes.
Developing Skills For Social Work (Community Project)You will deliver a student-led Community Project while working with partner agencies to develop an awareness of the skills needed for social work practice.
Linked Tutorial ProgrammeThe aims for this module are to link the learning gained from the academic modules to an understanding of the knowledge, skills and values of social work. This will enable you to demonstrate that you have developed sufficient skills to enable you to undertake assessed practice. The programme will comprise individual and group tutorials. There will be an identified Academic Tutor for each student. The tutorials will use a mixture of discussion, guided work sheets and case scenarios.
Methods Of Intervention And AssessmentThis module will focus on the methods and skills in the processes of assessment, planning, intervention and review. You will learn risk assessment, intervention and management skills, all of which will link to your ability to recognise the key signs and symptoms of child and adult abuse. You will also consider the ethical implications of intervention.
Ethics, Dilemmas And Personal ResilienceYou'll develop the ability to apply philosophical ethics and ethical reasoning, as a tool for exploring value dilemmas and conflicts in interpersonal and professional contexts. You will consider strategies that develop personal resilience alongside seeking to contribute to making resilient organisations. Learn to understand the contested nature, scope and purpose of social work in an unequal society.
Law In Social WorkYou will consider the role of the social worker within the legal system and explore the difference between legal rules and rights and the ethical dilemmas that arise, in a context of applying the law to promote human rights, equality and social justice. You will also be expected to visit a court and to reflect on the impact of that experience. The major statutory responsibilities of social work agencies will be examined and evaluated and linked to the major relevant pieces of legislation.
Mental HealthThis module explores key dominate themes within contemporary mental health practice. You will examine the bio-psychosocial conceptual framework model) alongside other mental health models and learn to utilise these models within the field of mental health. It will identify what factors both enhance and debilitate mental health and the ways in which professionals may respond and work together to support them.
SafeguardingThe module will consider safeguarding adults, child protection and domestic violence as inter-related rather than in isolation. You will explore the concepts of significant harm and good enough parenting. You will also explore the signs and symptoms of abuse, issues of disclosure and confidentiality, the use of supervision and the appropriate referral process if child protection safeguarding adults and/or domestic violence issues are involved.
Professional Effectiveness In Groups And Organisational ContextsThis module will build on previous skills modules with a particular emphasis on effective working with groups and teams. It will prepare you to work within multi-disciplinary and multi-organisational teams, networks and systems.
Assessed Practice 1: 70-Day PlacementYou will be required to demonstrate your ability to work within the HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students. There will be a range of activities to help you develop skills in critical reflection in relation to your social work practice and be able to apply appropriate social work skills and methods in practice. You will be supported to demonstrate skills in synthesising information and reflecting critically on social work knowledge.
Linked Tutorial Programme (II)This module will support you in linking learning from the academic modules with HCPC Standards of Proficiency and the Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for students. The main aim is to help you integrate learning from all the programme modules with the practice curriculum.
Observing, Understanding And Interpreting ComplexityAs a qualified Social Worker, you will need to understand and evaluate complex situations, where nothing may be as it first appears and what you are told may be limited or misleading. This module will enable you to develop your skills in using observation and explore the multi-faceted factors that impact our understanding, interpretation and analysis of information, including that from non-verbal, verbal and written sources.
Reflection, Analysis and Decision Making with Children and AdultsOn successful completion of the MA Social Work you will reflect on your practice to meet the aims of the threshold requirements for entry into the profession as a registered social worker.
Research MethodsThis module looks at the application of qualitative, quantitative, statistical and mixed methods to social work practice. Research approaches such as thematic analysis, ethnography, evaluation and grounded theory will be explored. Research design and instruments such as observation, interviews and questionnaires, focus groups and surveys will be used as well as data collection and analysis.
Dissertation – Social WorkThe research dissertation acts as the culmination of your years of study. You will be supported to examine research philosophies and strategies, identifying their strengths and limitations in relation to research questions and how they might be used together to achieve optimum impact. You will also be required to examine the ethical issues encountered in social work research.
Assessed Practice 2: 100-Day PlacementAt the point of qualification, you are expected to have developed analytical techniques and problem-solving skills and to be able to demonstrate personal responsibility and decision making in complex and unpredictable professional situations.
Linked Tutorial Programme (III)This module aims to support and guide you through the final year programme by linking learning from the academic modules to the HCPC Standards of Proficiency and the Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for students and to support the development of critical evaluation and reflection.
Complexity And Risk Part 1This module introduces you to the complexities of managing risk within the social work profession. You will critically explore the current organisational and policy context alongside relevant research into practice, as well as methods of observation with children and adults including the setting up of observations and addressing ethical issues and the tension these create.
Complexity And Risk Part 2This module introduces you to the complexities of managing risk within the social work profession. You will critically explore the current organisational and policy context alongside relevant research into practice, as well as methods of observation with children and adults including the setting up of observations and addressing ethical issues and the tension these create.
Discover facilities that help support your learning
This course is located on the historic Bishop Otter campus in Chichester, which has a variety of facilities to allow you to get the best out of your time at university.
Learning Resource Centre
Subject specific librarians
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of dedicated and experienced social work professionals
You’ll get to experience a mix of teaching strategies to make sure that you are building the knowledge and confidence you need to progress in this career.
Feel the support of our tutors
We are also proud to be able to dedicate more time to you and your studies. We can do this by allocating you a personal tutor to support you throughout your placements.
We have a team of sector specialists who work together to give you the best experience while at university.
You’ll get to know the team and we will get to know you personally. We pride ourselves on our open-door accessibility to support you to stand on your own two feet in the challenging and rewarding world of social work.
You will learn in small groups to ensure that you aren’t lost amongst the crowd and that our tutors can work with you to help and support you throughout your studies.
We use written assignments, group work, workshops, feedback, meetings and placements to develop your skills.
The practice elements of the course are assessed through portfolio presentation and assessor reports.
There are support sessions for particular assessments and a dedicated online platform for study skills to help support your written academic skills.
Gain vital experience within the social work sector
From the beginning of your course to your final year, there are modules available to develop your personal and professional skills.
We have developed strong working relationships with local authorities across the south of England where you will gain the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working within the social work profession.
You will have the opportunity to carry out key social work roles within practice placements totalling 170 days.
For the first (70-day) placement in your second year, you could gain experience in organisations such as West Sussex and Hampshire County Councils, Homestart, Stonepillow, Aldingbourne Trust, Barnardos and Citizens Advice.
We also have opportunities in schools who have units for pupils with additional needs. These include Front Lawn Primary and Felpham Community College.
There are similar opportunities in hospital teams and other support organisations such as Motiv8, My Sister House, Cornerhouse Mental Health Resource Centre and Change, Grow, Live.
The second (100-day) placement in your third year include local authorities like West Sussex and Hampshire County Council within teams such as family support and protection, looked after children, fostering, disabilities, older persons, youth offending, children’s asylum, and mental health.
Take the first steps to becoming a registered social work professional
This course is accredited by the national social work regulator: Social Work England.
This means that graduates will be able to register with Social Work England as a qualified social worker (NQSW).
We are proud that our BA (Hons) Social Work course has a 95% graduate employment rate.
Our close relationships with our social work placement partners often result in our graduates continuing into Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or NQSW roles with those local authorities.
Our partners are invited to talk to our students throughout your degree, meaning you will be able to network whilst still learning, putting you one step ahead of the competition.
You may also choose to develop your knowledge and practice further through our postgraduate options.
Some of our graduates also choose to move into teaching and we offer multiple postgraduate options to move into the education sector.
- MA Advanced Professional Practice
- Postgraduate research
- Certificate in Councilling
"Speaking from the heart, the course would have to be described as life changing"
Course fees 2022/23
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.
For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.
Course specific costs
You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.
Access to HE Diploma
The interview is designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for the social work profession.
It is expected that most students will have significant experience of a statutory care agency or voluntary/private organisation providing a social work or social care service.
You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.
A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.
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When does this course start?
This course starts in September 2022.