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University of Bedfordshire

Social Work

UCAS Code: L501

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,B,B

112 - 120 UCAS Tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

112 - 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

112-120
44%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social work

If you want a career in social work, working with people in need, this degree is the qualifying award you need. This degree is the first step towards a professional career in which continuous professional development will play an important part in your future. Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council to provide eligibility to apply to the professional register, when registered you will be able to pursue a professional social work career in a range of settings. The course aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to enter a career in social work with adults and children in statutory and private, voluntary and independent sectors at qualification level. Qualified social workers follow professional careers in a variety of settings and thrive in complex and unpredictable situations. Social work graduates are equipped with resilience, in-depth knowledge of specialist areas and the ability to respond to change. This degree is at the forefront of knowledge, skills and practice development for social work. It combines practical experience, skills development and academic study to prepare you to work in the rapidly changing and challenging field of social work, through a mix of theoretical and skills-based units- with a focus on applying theory to your practice. This is a popular, competitive course and selection involves an interview, written task and group exercise. Local employers and people with experience of social work services are involved in our selection processes, and we look for students showing a natural ability to work with people in need.

Modules

The Social Work programme offers an integrated approach to learning throughout the three years in which students’ personal and professional development is encouraged, monitored and assessed. The requirements for practice learning build incrementally with students moving sequentially from being able to observe and articulate their understanding of practice and the context in which it occurs at level 1, through the stage of understanding and application of practice skills and academic knowledge at Level 2 through to the application and critical evaluation of practice, and its research and theoretical underpinnings, at the point of qualification. Students are supported throughout this process by their personal tutor and the allocated Practice Educator in the each of their Practice Learning setting.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a range of methods including formally assessed papers, assignments, case studies, group and individual presentations, research-based work and evidence drawn from Practice Learning in the workplace.

These methods are designed to test you incrementally in all the areas necessary for competent practice as Newly Qualified Social Workers as well as the academic disciplines underpinning such practice.

Practice Learning will be assessed over two periods of work-based learning in a variety of social work and related settings. Through the use of a variety of assessment methods you will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice competence.

You will be well supported in your learning throughout the course and Practice Learning workshops are scheduled at key points within the placement to support you to compete your portfolio.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Luton Campus

Department:

Applied Social Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

70%
low
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
47%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Welfare professionals
16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
5%
Teaching and educational 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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£15k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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