Social Work combines grounding in applied social sciences with assessed practice placements to enable you to embark upon a professional career in social work. As a graduate social worker you will be able to synthesise theory and practice, and apply this to the personal and structural dimensions of human distress and oppression.
Teaching methods include lectures, workshops and seminars, as well as group and individual tutorials. Experienced social work practitioners regularly participate in teaching. The course has two social work placements in contrasting settings, one of which will include statutory work. Students will undertake 30 days of development of skills for practice. The first placement will run for 70 days in year one and the second for 100 days in year 2. Successful completion of the course will result in a social work qualification recognized by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) / Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On successful completion of the three years you will be awarded an Honours degree in Social Work and will be eligible for registration with the HCPC as a qualified Social Worker. Like all other social work courses in the country, we await announcements from the government regarding the future of the Social Work Bursary scheme.
We expect successful applicants to have a good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of social workers. It would be helpful to visit the College of Social Work website and view the Professional Capabilities Framework (http://www.collegeofsocialwork.org/) and to keep abreast of debates in the field of social care and changes in social policy.
- The Division received the highest commendation possible for social work and social policy courses in a recent QAA Developmental Discipline Level Engagement. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 2008, 95% of our research was recognised as of international quality, with 10% being world-leading
- Our BA (Hons) in Working with Children, Young People and Families is a collaboration between employers and the University. There is a wide choice of modules covering knowledge and skills in health and social care
- Our courses are taught by qualified Social Workers and experienced lecturers, and the courses synthesise theory and practice to produce graduates with strong analytical and practical skills
We usually require successful applicants to:
- Have passed the Bradford Foundation Year with an average of 60% or above*, Access to Higher Education Diploma with 18 level 3 credits at Merit or to have 260 or more ‘UCAS’ points, from ‘AS’ / ‘A’ levels (including 2 full ‘A’ levels) or other academic qualifications, such as AVCE or BTEC. Applicants with relevant vocational qualifications such as NVQ level 3 in Care may be considered if they also have appropriate experience. However, they will be asked to provide an essay to demonstrate appropriate study skills.
- Demonstrate that they have a minimum of 35 hours relevant work experience (in addition to any placements through school or college) during the previous two years at the point of application. (This may be paid or voluntary work and could be undertaken on a full or part- time basis. Further details below.)
- Demonstrate that they have the potential to understand social work, to acquire relevant underpinning knowledge and to reflect on their experience.
- Have Maths and English GCSE (at grade C or above) or equivalent qualifications e.g. Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number / Communication or Adult Numeracy / Literacy at level 2.If unsure whether their qualification is equivalent, applicants need to contact Course Enquiries Team on 01274 233081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Demonstrate that they have Information, Communication Technology (ICT) skills which are sufficient to allow them to begin both study and practice and that they will be able to develop these skills during their progress through the course.
- Complete a health disclosure form.
- Complete a declaration form regarding matters, such as criminal convictions, in order to satisfy the programme that they are suitable to work with vulnerable children and adults.
- All information obtained from the admissions process will be used to assess a candidate’s potential to successfully complete the social work programme and to eventually practice as a qualified worker in accordance with the Code of Practice for Social Work and Social Care and the Professional Capabilities Framework
What values and principles underpin this course?
We are committed to social work based in social justice and in critical reflection and analysis Please see the Manifesto for Social Work at the University of Bradford.
Manifesto for Social Work at the University of Bradford We believe that social work must be committed:
- To the provision of services which bring positive change in the lives of individuals and communities, and especially those facing trauma, disadvantage and oppression.
- To the ongoing development and active promotion of policies and practice which provide positive benefits for vulnerable people.
- To working alongside others and in partnership with vulnerable people to create a more socially just society which endeavors to meet the needs of all communities and groups, and
- To working alongside others and in partnership with vulnerable people to challenge agencies and institutions whose policies and practices have negative consequences for vulnerable people.
As social work educators, we will, therefore, in partnership with practitioners and agencies providing practice placements, encourage students to develop:
1. Practice which is informed by:
- Critical reflection and analysis.
- Relevant underpinning knowledge and research.
- Service users’ needs and views.
- Social work values and ethics.
- The practice experiences of colleagues and partners in social work and other agencies in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. Ø Recognition that the problems faced by most service users are aggravated by, or have their origins in, the inequitable nature of social structures.
2. Critical reflection on and analysis of:
- Their practice and its outcomes for service users.
- Their values and ethics and the consequences of these for service users.
- Others’ practice and its outcomes for service users.
- The policies of central and local government and the consequences of these for service - users.
- The policies of social work agencies and other organizations, and the consequences of these for service users.
3. Knowledge and skills which will result in interventions which are :
- Effective in improving the lives of service users.
- Relevant to the identified needs of service users.
- Acceptable to and welcomed by service users.
- Respectful of service users.
- Culturally competent.
- Effective in challenging unacceptable practice, policies and situations.
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