This programme is currently closed for applications for September 2023 until further notice.Delivered at our Trowbridge campus, the programme 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 visit 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.
This 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.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Year 1 of the programme 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 (Microsoft Teams) 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.
You should normally have:
- 3 A Levels at grade C or above or a BTEC Extended Diploma at grades MMM (96 UCAS Tariff Points).
- GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above.
- Sufficient relevant experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people. This experience should be sufficient to enable you to clearly demonstrate your commitment, motivation and understanding of social work knowledge, skills and values.
If you are over 21 and do not meet the academic entry criteria, you still may be considered if you 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 programme.
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
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 programme, 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.
Don't quite reach the entry criteria?
You can still apply to do this course on completion of our Access to Higher Education programme.
Additional Costs and Information
You will be required to attend an interview and can apply for this programme via the UCAS website.
The UCAS institution code for the programme is O66.
The UCAS course code for the programme is L505.
The cost of this programme is £7,570 per year (£9,270 for international students).
Please ensure that you apply for the correct programme by selecting the Oxford Brookes programme at Wiltshire College & University Centre.
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 2023/24 is £51.80 (subject to change).
The DBS will last you through the normal 3 year duration of the programme. 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 programme or suspend studies and return to the programme, you will be required to obtain a new DBS as the placement agencies will not accept a DBS over three years old as valid.
You may be subject to an Occupational Health check.
The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that the 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 successful completion of the programme and successful application to the regulatory body for registration as a social worker, you will be able to secure employment as a qualified social worker in a wide variety of settings, e.g. community teams, hospitals, public sector and voluntary organisations.You can specialise in areas such as children and families, adult care, older people, people with disabilities, mental health or youth justice.