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BA (Hons) Social Work

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Institution C58

UCAS L500

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Top 30
UK University
Top 25
best university in the UK
6th
Social Work comes 6th for overall satisfaction in the UK
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. National Student Survey 2020

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 96 - 112 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBC - CCC
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 12 Distinctions and 15 Merits
  • GCSEs: English language at grade C/4 or above
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 - 28 points 
  • A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 on each element (for those whom English is not their first language)
  • Interview, enhanced DBS and health checks required
  • Applicants must have some relevant social work or social care experience

Fees:

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page

Social Work students can also apply for a possible bursary from the NHS. Visit their website for more information.

Student view

Peter Burrows
The course is driven by a warm and experience team, with an abundance of lived and worked experience in their specific fields. In addition, their creativity towards the subjects we are learning is hugely stimulating and challenging. The lecturers are always open with their suggestions and there has never been a moment when they are not there to give support and advice for those difficult times. Not to forget the advantage of a truly approachable administration team who are an integral part of the department, and knowing there are always available with additional support for all those other challenges is vastly reassuring. Speaking from the heart, the course would have to be described as life changing and an essential component towards gaining a greater understanding and compassion in relation to our own communities and fellow human beings.

Course content

6th for overall satisfaction in the UK

6th out of 79 institutions for overall satisfaction for our Social Work programmes (National Student Survey 2020) 

Course overview

Our social work programmes are designed to prepare you for a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities that you will encounter in 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. Then, at every level of the course, there is a module to develop personal and professional skills. You will be supported throughout by a structured tutorial programme; linking university-based learning to practice placements.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those who wish to become a professionally qualified social worker. We welcome a range of students with varying backgrounds, whether you’re a college leaver or a mature student.

Why this study this course?

  • This course combines a professional qualification with an academic degree
  • An excellent rating in the national student satisfaction survey
  • A reputation for first-rate personal contact and student support 
  • A long-standing record of providing a wide range of settings for practice experience
  • A well-established reputation for teaching Social Work to degree level and beyond
  • Experienced and qualified social workers trained to act as practice educators
  • Mature students with non-standard qualifications welcomed 
  • Targeted careers support leading to an enviable reputation for graduate employment in professional roles

Social Work England approved course

Social work is a regulated profession. As a social work student you will be expected to register with Social Work England, the profession's regulator, and adhere to the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Workers. 

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Available NHS bursaries

Please note that students who are accepted on the BA Social Work (Hons) may be able to apply for a bursary from the NHS Business Services Authority for part of the programme of study. 

Bursaries are awarded by the NHSBSA and there is no guarantee that a bursary will be available to every student as the overall number available is capped.   

Further information on social work bursaries, including the eligibility criteria, can be obtained from the NHSBSA website.

Take a look at our Social Work brochure.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • A substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Where this can take you

As a graduate of this course, you will be able to register with Social Work England as a newly qualified social worker but you may not want to stop there!

Further Study

Our alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses or £1000 off the cost of a PGCE course at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters:

Work placements

From the beginning of your course to your final year, there are modules available to develop your personal and professional skills. You will have the opportunity to carry out key social work roles within practice placements totalling 170 days. 

70-day placement

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 Chang, Grow, Live.

100-day placement

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.

Course accreditations

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This course is accredited by Social Work England.

Indicative modules

Year One

Induction

This 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 Work

This 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 Society

The 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 1

This 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. You’ll gain insight into the ethical issues and professional codes of practice in relation to intervening in the lives of others.

Skills for Practice 2

Build 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 Course

This 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 Frameworks

The 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 Work

This module will start by considering historical, social and cross-cultural perspectives on disability and learning difficulties. The resulting welfare responses to disability will be explored with a particular focus on personalisation. Disability will be considered across the life course. Drawing upon dominant perspectives and the biopsychosocial model. The notion of ‘care’ and its impact on the lived experience of disability will be explored. Central to the module will be ethical issues, such as the potentially competing rights of carers and service users, and risk versus choice and empowerment. Anti-oppressive practise will be a theme throughout the module, with particular attention to simultaneous oppression, social exclusion and hate crimes.

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.

 

Year Two

Methods of Intervention and Assessment

Social work methods and skills in the processes of assessment, planning, intervention and review • Risk assessment, intervention and management skills • Key signs and symptoms of child and adult abuse • Managing disclosures of child abuse, adult abuse and domestic violence • Application of safeguarding legislation policies and procedures • Multi-disciplinary working in risk and safeguarding • Ethical implications of intervention (including service user perspectives)

Ethics and Dilemmas

You'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 Work

You 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. Practice implications will be discussed and the power of the legal framework explored. 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. In particular, attention will be paid to legislation relating to children and adults, issues of safeguarding and empowerment. You will also gain an understanding of how the law inter-connects, for example, how child protection may also raise issues of domestic violence and mental health. Agency roles and procedures will be placed within the context of the legal framework. 

Mental Health

This module explores key dominate themes within contemporary mental health practice. Particular emphasis will be placed developing on understanding the bio-psychosocial conceptual framework model) alongside other mental health models, to utilise these models as a way of informing students in terms of their future understanding and social work practice interventions 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. Central to the module will be consideration of how practitioners can combat the stigma, oppression and social exclusion often faced by people with mental health problems.

Safeguarding

The module will consider safeguarding adults, child protection and domestic violence as inter-related rather than in isolation. The notion of safeguarding children within a context of need and risk and will explore key concepts that impact this. These will be explored with particular reference to the concepts of ‘significant harm’ and ‘good enough parenting’. This understanding will be located within a relevant legislative policy and procedural framework e.g. Sects 17, 47 and 20 of the Children Act 1989, Working Together 2010 (which is currently under review) and the Sussex Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) Child Protection Procedures (these are only available online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/lscb). Safeguarding adults will be seen to have followed a similar evolution to child protection. However, the significance of capacity will be explored in relation to abuse, the legislation and local policy. Anti-oppressive practise in relation to people who have been abused will be a theme which runs throughout the course. 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

This 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 Placement

There is an expectation that you will undertake practice learning in line with the Domains set out in the Professional Capabilities Framework:

  • Domain 1 Professionalism: Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development
  • Domain 2 Values and Ethics: Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice
  • Domain 3 Diversity: Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice
  • Domain 4 Rights, Justice and Economic Wellbeing: Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic well-being
  • Domain 5 Knowledge: Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory
  • Domain 6 Critical reflection and Analysis - Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making
  • Domain 7 Intervention and Skills: Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse
  • Domain 8 Contexts and organisations: Engage with, inform, and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within own organisational frameworks and contribute to the development of services and organisations. Operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional partnerships and settings
  • Domain 9 Professional Leadership: Take responsibility for the professional learning and development of others through supervision, mentoring, assessing, research, teaching, leadership and management

Linked Tutorial

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. 

 

Year Three

Complexity and Risk

As 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.

Research Methods

This 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. There will be an emphasis on applying research to social work, social care and multi-disciplinary settings. 

Dissertation

This module aims to support you in exploring & applying research in social work as a professional discipline. 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. There will be an opportunity to undertake a comprehensive review of relevant literature and consider the value of adopting a structured approach to literature searches. You will also be required to examine the ethical issues encountered in social work research. The module will also encourage you to demonstrate your research skills utilising library-based, electronic and related media through independent learning, planning and self-management skills.

Assessed Practice 2 – 100 Day Placement

There is an expectation that you will undertake practice learning in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework Domains appropriate for the final placement in relation to the following:

  • Domain 1 Professionalism: Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development
  • Domain 2 Values and Ethics: Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice.
  • Domain 3 Diversity: Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice
  • Domain 4 Rights, Justice and Economic Wellbeing: Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic well-being
  • Domain 5 Knowledge: Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory
  • Domain 6 Critical reflection and Analysis: Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making
  • Domain 7 Intervention and Skills: Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse
  • Domain 8 Contexts and organisations: Engage with, inform, and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within organisational frameworks and contribute to the development of services and organisations. Operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional partnerships and settings
  • Domain 9 Professional Leadership: Take responsibility for the professional learning and development of others through supervision, mentoring, assessing, research, teaching, leadership and management

Linked Tutorial

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.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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. We use written assignments, group work, workshops, feedback, meetings and placements to develop your skills.

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 industry 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. 

Assessment

Most modules are assessed through written assignments or presentations. The practice elements of the course are assessed through portfolio presentation and assessor reports. 

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Interviews

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.

Additional costs

As a University of Chichester student, you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter while studying. A DBS enhanced disclosure check charge of £40 will be required for Social Work (BA, MA and PG Diploma).

Financial help available from the University:

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester.

Our Finance pages provide details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE

Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions Team for more information.

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