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University of Portsmouth

Social Work

UCAS Code: L500

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

Entry requirements


112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology).

112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care, Social Sciences, Social Work).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48, to include a Principal Subject relevant to the degree programme (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology).

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, one of which must be in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology). 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

To include a relevant Higher Level subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology) at H3.

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

D*D*

Must be in a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

Must be in a relevant subject.

112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers, one of which must be in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology).

UCAS Tariff

112

112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, one of which must be in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology). Access courses in Health and Social Care are also acceptable. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Social work

**Overview**
Do you have the drive and commitment to better the lives of others while developing new and interesting ways to deliver social services?

This BSc (Hons) Social Work degree course allows you to turn your compassion into a sought after professional skill set that will make a positive difference to people's lives. You'll develop the skills and the knowledge you need and apply this to practical scenarios in simulated facilities and on work placements.

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so when you complete this course, you'll be eligible to apply to become a registered Social Worker.

**On this course you'll:**
- Develop knowledge and skills to make a positive difference to people who need it most

- Be taught by experts at the forefront of research who are fully informed on developments within social work

- Practise profession-specific skills in a safe and supportive environment in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care

- Develop your communication, engagement, theoretical and analytical skills and learn to apply these using professional judgement and expertise

- Apply your skills and knowledge in scenarios you'll encounter in your career, such as giving evidence in a simulated court environment

- Put your learning into action during your work placement and have the opportunity to complete an additional summer social work placement

- Shadow and get mentoring from experienced practitioners while undertaking practice placements

- Interact with and immerse yourself in the lived experiences of the University of Portsmouth Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG)

**Work experience and career planning**
You'll do at least 2 work placements on this course giving you more than 170 days of practical experience. In your second year, you can do a work placement overseas.

You can do placements in various areas of social care, including:
- care for children and families

- residential care for people with disabilities

- community mental health teams

- hospital social work departments

- youth offending teams

- advocacy agencies

- drug and alcohol treatment centres

- homelessness projects

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find other further relevant work experience while you study. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

**Careers and opportunities**
When you successfully complete the course, you'll be eligible to apply to be a registered Social Worker and be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to use.

You can work in areas such as:
- social services

- rehab centres

- criminal justice

- voluntary organisations

- advocacy agencies

- housing advice

Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- Social Worker

- care manager

- persistent offender coordinator

- family support worker

- housing adviser

You could also do postgraduate study.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

**Professional approvals**
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) meaning you'll be eligible to apply to be a Registered Social Worker when you complete the course. You need this registration to do social work.

**Values and the NHS Constitution**
We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Modules

Your first year will ensure you gain the foundation knowledge, values and skills that you’ll be continuing to develop throughout the course. This will also be your initial training for your work placements in actual practice settings. In your second year you’ll build on what you have already learnt and explore how the service can be adapted to other users. Your final year will focus on professionalism and professional judgement in practice. You’ll also complete a piece of independent study on a topic of particular interest to you.

Assessment methods

On this course there is a varied blend of assessment methods which can be subject-specific to follow the direction of your career. We assess you through tests (academic or practical/skills based), a compilation of filmed and recorded artefacts, online assessments, academic written work/portfolios, presentations and a dissertation/project.

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
£14,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science

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.

75%
med
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

95%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£27,500
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

68%
Welfare professionals
16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
5%
Other elementary services occupations
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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£21k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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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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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