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Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship incorporating BA (Hons) Social Work

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Course length: 

3 years - 1 day per week at University and 4 days in the workplace.

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Entry Requirements and Fees

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND FEES

Prospective apprentices will be recruited, put forward and funded by the employer organisation for a place on the programme.  Entry requirements will normally be:

  • UCAS Tariff points: 96 - 112 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: CCC - BBC
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 12 Distinctions and 15 Merits
  • GCSEs: English language and mathematics (C or above)
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5
  • Interview, enhanced DBS and health checks required
  • Applicants must have some relevant social work or social care experience

Course content

The Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship incorporating BA (Hons) Social Work will allow employees in social care to work four days and study one day per week over a three-year period. The course will lead to a qualification as a professional social worker and registration with Social Work England.

The content of the Apprenticeship programme was developed in consultation with West Sussex County Council. This means the course is fresh and relevant for the needs of learners and employers committed to promoting the underlying concepts, principles, methodologies and skills used in contemporary social work practice. 

Aims of the Programme

The aims of the Degree Apprenticeship are to provide you with:

  • the knowledge, skills and values which meet the Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship and Social Work England's Standards and the Professional Capabilities Framework.
  • an opportunity to critically reflect upon your own values and to feel safe to take risks in sharing uncertainties and conflicts.
  • preparation for employment as a newly qualified social worker through the provision of high quality learning opportunities and the development of strategies on strengths based working, resilience and self-care.
  • engagement with theory and current debates about contemporary practice.
  • a structured and integrated tutorial and workplace management programme.
  • an understanding of research, evidence based practice and life-long learning through substantial, independent inquiry.

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.

The Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Careers Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC offers:

  • Books and journals
  • E-resources, including multimedia streaming
  • Mac and PC suites
  • Printing and scanning facilities
  • PrintShop services
  • General meeting areas
  • Group and individual study spaces
  • Equipment Loans​
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Course accreditations

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This course is accredited by Social Work England.

Indicative modules

Readiness for Direct Practice – Interview to meet the Professional Capabilities Framework (PFC) Entry to Social Work Requirement

Induction and Linked Tutorial Programme

(Module information to come)

Skills for Practice 1 

This module aims to develop the intellectual and practical skills that will be of value in a variety of situation 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 and enable you to identify existing skills and knowledge and to take responsibility for developing and using these skills in a competent way. The module will introduce you to the ethical issues and professional codes of practice in relation to intervening in the lives of others

 

Introduction to Social Work 

The aims of this module are 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. You will be expected to actively participate and share your own knowledge and experience, reflecting on this in the light of current research and theory. You will undertake small group tasks where you will be expected to inquire into aspects of diversity of which you have limited understanding. You will share with other students the process and content of your learning. Theoretical frameworks such as Neil Thompson’s widely used personal, cultural and structural (PCS) model (Thompson, 2011) will be located within a critical understanding of real-lived experiences plus as a way of examining levels of discrimination of oppressed groups. Cultural competence frameworks (Maclean & Caffrey,2009), Darlymple & Burke (1995) Practice ADP model, Howell’s reflective model of ADP development, plus Kolb’s learning cycle (1984) will be explored as frameworks for understanding and challenging discrimination.

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. The aims of the module are to: Provide a broad overview of the history of the welfare state in Britain, the development of social policy and its associated legal frameworks.

Provide an introduction to the English legal system, its processes and procedures.

Introduce you to the key areas of social policy and legislation that are of particular relevance to professional practice.

Explain some of the key terms, concepts, theories and debates in contemporary social policy

It will address the relevant PCF practice requirements and the threshold requirements for entry into social work (Standards of Proficiency for Qualifying Social Workers HCPC, 2012).

                

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 on 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 practice 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.

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 the development of 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.

Skills for Practice 2

Build on basic communication and relationship skills in order to prepare for social work practice. Enable students to develop 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.

Practice Portfolio

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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)

Law in Social Work 

There is an expectation that 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. There is an expectation that you will be critically aware of the value conflicts that use of the law manifests and to think in a service user centred manner of the meaning and impact of these conflicts. Use of the law as a means of either oppression or empowerment will be discussed and placed within the wider context of anti-oppressive practice.                        

Ethics and Dilemmas (including personal, community and family resilience) 

(Module information to come)

Assessed Practice 1

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

Disability

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 practice will be a theme throughout the module, with particular attention to simultaneous oppression, social exclusion and hate crimes.

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.

Professional Effectiveness in Groups and Organisational Contexts

The learning for this module takes place in a workshop setting and/or tutorial setting in the workplace. The programme assumes a high level of participation. The teaching programme is tailored to provide a disciplined framework for individual learning and achievement. Individual/ group discussions will be supported by formal teaching delivered as participatory workshops and/or tutorial. Each student is guided to create his/her project in negotiation with their work setting.

Complexity and Risk

(Module information to come)

Assessed Practice 2

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 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

Final Apprenticeship Portfolio: end point assessment 

(Module information to come)

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

A typical week for a degree apprentice includes one day at University and the other four days in the workplace. While at University will provide you with a variety of academic and practice based learning experiences. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will participate in practical workshops, small group discussions, web-based learning, and learning in the workplace. 

We will encourage you to work collaboratively with other students on your course as well as undertake individual learning activities. Learning is an active, collaborative process of development where your contribution is as important as what you receive from others. You will benefit through listening to others and sharing your experiences with fellow apprentices and students. 

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

End-Point Assessment gateway

End-Point Assessment gateway

EPA is the final assessment where the apprentice will go through a ‘gateway’ process and be signed off to complete the final assessment of their Apprenticeship. The apprentice’s employer must agree that the apprentice is eligible to enter EPA.

Prior to taking the EPA the apprentice must meet the following criteria:

  • achieved a minimum level 2 English and Math’s as per the standard and general apprenticeship requirements
  • be able to communicate at Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (with no element below 6.5) - Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency 8.8
  • successfully completed assessed work experience in at least two contrasting settings, one with a focus on statutory work
  • obtained 300 academic credits of the Social Worker degree, 120 at level 4, 120 at level 5 and 60 at level 6 with a provisional grade

Although the apprentice should only be recommended for EPA when they are ready, employers should have a remediation process in place to support any apprentice who fails to meet the eligibility criteria to enter EPA.