Key course information
Health, Care and Early Years
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Delivered at our Trowbridge campus and franchised by Oxford Brookes University, the BA (Hons) Social Work degree is approved by Social Work England, the regulatory body which oversees professional social work training in England.Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration as a qualified Social Worker.It is a legal requirement under the ‘Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001’ to be registered in order to practice with the protected title of ‘Social Worker’.For more information, please see the Social Work England website at https://socialworkengland.org.uk
What will I learn?
Social Workers perform a key role in providing the right support at the right time to individuals, families and groups.
The degree will provide you with the knowledge, skills and values to enable you to make a real difference to people’s lives.
The course is three years in duration and all the modules are compulsory.
Year 1 is designed to provide a common academic and skills foundation for social work practice.
Year 2 involves study of specialist modules on social work with children and families, adults, mental health and research methods. It includes a 70 day full time practice placement typically in a voluntary or independent organisation.
Year 3 involves study of modules on professional development and a dissertation on a social work related topic. It includes a 100 day full time practice placement in a statutory social work setting.
You should normally have:
- 3 A Levels at grade C or above or a BTEC Extended Diploma at grades MMM (96 UCAS Tariff Points).
- GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above.
- Enough experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people. This experience should be enough to enable the applicant to clearly demonstrate their commitment, motivation and understanding of social work knowledge, skills and values.
Applicants aged over 21 who do not meet the academic entry criteria may still be considered if they have significant and relevant work / life experience.
However, we would still expect to see evidence of further studies at level 3, e.g. an A Level, Access to Higher Education or Open University course in a relevant subject and GCSE grade C (4) or above (or Functional Skills equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language.
What counts as relevant experience?
You do not need to have had paid employment in social care to apply for the course. There is a range of settings where you can gain paid or unpaid experience in statutory, voluntary and independent social care agencies. Involvement may be part time, full time or sessional but should be sustained over sufficient time to demonstrate interest and commitment.
It will enhance your application to specify the details of the relevant experience such as the setting, the total hours worked, and your roles and responsibilities.
For the purpose of entry to the course, we are unable to count the following as relevant experience:
- Personal experience of caring for a relative or friend where you have not had first hand experience of social services or social work intervention.
- Baby sitting.
- Non formal mentoring or support of younger school children, college or university students.
In considering the relevance of your past experience, the admissions and interview panel will look at wider aspects than duration of experience. The panel will consider how that experience has impacted on your understanding of the social work role and the context in which social workers operate and services are delivered and how it demonstrates your commitment, motivation and understanding of social work knowledge, skills and values.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Year 1 of the course is college based and is taught over a maximum of three days in the College.
You will be expected to undertake both independent reading and learning via the college’s internal online learning platform (eStudy) to support your learning.
Years 2 and 3 of the course is a mix of college based learning and practice placements.
The college element will be a maximum of three days a week. The practice placement element involves full time five days a week attendance at an allocated placement setting where you will be expected to work a normal agency day of 7.5 hours.
A college lecturer will be assigned to support you academically throughout your studies. You will be supported and assessed on your practice placement by a practice educator who is both qualified as a social worker and educator.
Taught modules are assessed in a range of ways, e.g. assignments, tests and presentations. Your practice placement is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you compile during your placement.
Additional Costs and Information
You will be required to attend an interview.
You apply for this programme via UCAS.
The UCAS institution code for this programme is O66.
The UCAS course code for this programme is L505.
Please ensure that you apply for the correct course by selecting the Oxford Brookes course at Wiltshire College & University Centre.
Click here for the programme handbook.
Please consult Student Finance England for advice on tuition fees and maintenance loans at https://www.gov.uk/get-undergraduate-student-loan
You will also be required to pay for your initial and any subsequent DBS checks. You can purchase this through the online shop on the student services section of the college website and the cost for 2020/21 is £51.80 (subject to change).
The DBS will last you through the normal 3 year duration of the course. If you declare any changes to DBS status during the programme, you will be required to obtain a new DBS at an additional cost of £51.80.
In addition, if you repeat a year of the course or suspend studies and return to the course, you will be required to obtain a new DBS as the placement agencies will not accept a DBS over three years old as valid.
Occupational Health cost (please see Health Check) may incur an additional cost of £45.
The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
Health, Care and Early Years
- Teaching Assistant
- Youth Worker
- Social Worker
- Children's Nurse
At any one time, there are over 80,000 social care vacancies in England
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