BSc (Hons) Degree in Social Work

£7500 per year *

* Fees accurate at time of publishing

Duration: Three years, Full Time
Location: Trowbridge

This degree is the most current professional qualification for those who wish to register as a social worker and is the professional qualification for all social workers throughout the UK in whichever setting or sector you work. You are required to develop and demonstrate a defined knowledge base and the key skills, professional values and capability required to practise as a social worker. Social work is a registered profession and successful completion of the degree allows you to apply for registration as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

All social work degree programmes are planned and run in partnership by educational establishments and social work agencies. The BSc (Hons) in Social Work at Wiltshire College is run in conjunction with social work agencies in Wiltshire and Somerset, Wiltshire and Swindon Users Network and a wide range of voluntary and independent agencies.

The course combines both academic and practice learning. The BSc (Hons) Social Work is a vocational degree, thus everything taught on the programme is applied to practice. Over the course of the programme students will undertake 30 days of Skills Workshops which will develop skills ready for practice, drawing on the expertise of guest lecturers and practitioners, including those currently working in social work practice.

Teaching is undertaken at our Trowbridge campus where you will have access to IT facilities, a well-stocked library and HE study areas. The course prides itself on its ability to promote the learning of non-traditional students and in the National Student Survey students consistently rate the quality of teaching as ‘excellent’. Prospective students are welcome to visit the programme during the year to spend time observing a teaching session and the opportunity to talk directly with current students and tutors. Please speak to the Admissions Tutor if you are interested in this.

Practice learning is an integral part of the programme and placements are offered in partnership with Wiltshire Council, Somerset County Council and the voluntary, independent and private sector. Students are required to complete a total of 170 days of practice on placement – 70 days in their second year of study and 100 days in their final year of study. The programme endeavours to place students as close as possible to home, however, this may not be possible and students might have to travel some distance. Students will need to fund travel to and from college and their placement, however, travel whilst on placement will normally be funded by the placement provider. Funding from the NHS Business Administration Authority may be available to assist with placement travel costs.

Your Experience

The curriculum for this professional qualification is based on the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). Further information on this framework is available from the College of Social Work.

You will gain an understanding of social care services and the contexts in which they are delivered.
In the first year you will study communication skills; an introduction to reflective practice; the history of social work; child development; diversity across the life course; sociology and social policy. In the second year you will study social work theory and methods, social work skills and law. In the final year you will undertake a research dissertation and study observation and critical reflective practice.

The development of practical skills is an essential element of the course and 170 days will be spent in periods of assessed practice, gaining experience of social work across different settings. In addition, you will undertake 30 skills days across the programme.

Please note: Modules and course content subject to change.

The BSc Programme Specification is available at this link.

Validated by:

The University of Bath