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Swansea University

Social Work

UCAS Code: L500

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Social work

What is Social Work?
Social work is about encouraging change and human growth by supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and communities. This degree is ideal for people who wish to work with individuals and families in vulnerable circumstances to help improve outcomes in their lives.
The course would appeal to students interested in sociology, applied psychology and human development, health and social care, welfare studies, social policy, criminology, gender studies, Welsh studies, childhood studies and child care, family law and legal studies, community development and youth work.

Why study at Swansea?
• The Swansea University Social Work degree was ranked in the UK top 10 by the Complete University Guide for 2017, 1st for graduate prospects and and 1st in Wales in the Complete University guide 2017.
• Social Work at Swansea was ranked fourth for student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey results.
• A recent Research Assessment Exercise ranked research in Social Work at Swansea University the best in Wales and 14th in the UK.
• 100% of graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating. (Unistats 2016)
• 93% of students say that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats 2016)
• 96% of students say that staff have made the subject interesting (Unistats 2016)
• Graduate starting salary of £28k on average (Unistats 2016) For a senior practitioner, this goes up to between £33,000 and £40,000. Senior positions include team manager which pays from £34,000 to £45,000.
• Social Work is ranked 19th out of 80 (Times and Sunday Times 2017)
• There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors.
• The degree is accredited by Social Care Wales (SCW). Graduates can apply to register with SCW as qualified social workers. This qualification is recognised by social work regulatory bodies across the UK.

This social work degree has been developed to prepare students for employment as professionally qualified social workers and lays the foundation for their continuing professional development. It reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales.

But University isn’t just about studying. Swansea offers a great student experience in a beautiful environment. There are plenty more lifestyle reasons why you should choose Swansea.

Modules

Year 1 compulsory
Introduction to Social Work
Social Work Services in a Diverse Society: Ethics, Values and Anti-Discriminatory Practice
Undertaking and Using Social Work Research for Practice
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Social Work Law
Social Work in Practice 1
Social Work Practice Learning 1

Year 2 compulsory
Theories and Perspectives in Social Work
Social Work in Practice 2
Legal issues in Social Work and Social Care
Social Work Practice Learning 2

Year 3 compulsory
Critical Practice in Child Care
Critical Practice in Adult Community Care
Applying Knowledge to Enhance Practice
Social Work Practice Learning 3

Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.

Assessment methods

We assess our students in a variety of ways across the 3 years of the programme. University based assessment may be via written assignment, group tasks, debates, presentations, court observation report, IT based examination, reflective essays, and creative arts group work. Whilst on practice placements, assessment is via reflective commentaries and the completion of a practice portfolio. Students are required to meet certain National Occupational Standards of competency and to demonstrate practice in fitting with the Social Care Wales (2017) Code of Professional Practice for Social Care.

Practice placements are assessed by a combination of written work and professional assessments using the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.

Extra funding

"FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. http://www.swansea.ac.uk/scholarships/ (can you insert this link where it says scholarships and bursaries)?

Social Care Wales provides funding for Wales based students studying for the social work degree in Swansea University; a £2,500 bursary for living costs and a practice learning opportunity allowance. Find out more here. (can you insert this link where it says find out more here. http://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/studentloansandgrants/socialworkfunding/ )

For students ordinarily resident in England, the NHS offers a social work bursary scheme. Find out more here. (can you insert this link where it says find out more here: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/825.aspx )"

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Social Work, Social Policy and Social Research

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Welfare professionals
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
6%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social work

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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