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University of Wolverhampton

Social Work

UCAS Code: L500

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

BCC from 3 'A' Levels at grades A, B, C or above

Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. You are also required to achieve 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English and 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics.

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

D*D*

BTEC QCF Diploma at grade D*D*

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

DMM

BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

You will have attained GCSE at grade C+ / 4 (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics.

42%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Social work

The course is designed for students who want to enter professional social work, a profession which engages with people who experience levels of social disadvantage and/or discrimination. Typically you will want ‘to make a difference’ to help enhance people’s lives at a personal and structural level; to counter discrimination and oppression. The course will equip you with the appropriate knowledge and skills, as well as encouraging and enabling you to explore the value base necessary for qualified social workers. It will also prepare you for 170 days of practice over two placements.

This course will prepare you for social work practice and make you eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Social Worker which is mandatory for practice within the UK.

At the point of graduation you will have met the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for qualifying social work programmes and you will also have a broad academic and practice based understanding of social work through placement experiences, supported by wide reading and research.

All teaching staff on the course are qualified and registered social work practitioners, drawn directly from social work practice. Their varied experiences and expertise will enhance your opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of social work and social care. Mental Health, Children and Families, Child Protection, Learning Difficulties, Adult Care, Palliative Care, Fostering and Adoption, HIV/AIDS, Substance Misuse, and Youth Justice being just some examples of the diversity of experiences on offer.
The social work course is developed around the professional body (HCPC), National and European requirements. The course at the University of Wolverhampton has some excellent features including:

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Social Work enables you to apply to the (HCPC) for Registered Social Worker status. It is a generic qualification that enables you to work as a qualified social worker within statutory, private/independent and voluntary sector organisations. The generic nature of the course means that, on qualification, you can choose your preferred area of practice and, as a qualifying degree it is recognised both nationally and internationally.

On qualifying many people choose to work for an employer who is part of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) scheme. This government funded scheme provides additional support to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW’s) during the first 12 months of employment. Participating employers offer training that directly relates to your new role, more frequent supervision and a reduced caseload.

One of the benefits of a career in social work is the range of opportunities available. Whether you choose a career working with children and families, in youth justice, with older adults, people with learning or physical disabilities or in mental health services you will find a range of career paths available. Many people progress to Senior Social Worker/Senior Practitioner posts and assume more supervisory and management responsibilities before moving on to management positions. Alternatively, you may find that you prefer to remain in practice and/or develop specialist skills in a particular area.

As a registered professional you will be required to maintain your registration and show evidence of continual professional development (CPD) throughout your working life. There are a range of additional specialist qualifications that you can pursue. For example, you may go on to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Best Interests Assessor, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Assessor. Some people choose to develop the academic side of their career by studying for a Masters Degree or PhD; others become involved in teaching, training and the supervision of student placements.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Wolverhampton

Department:

Institute of Community and Society

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.

72%
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

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

89%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
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
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
54%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
20%
Welfare professionals
13%
Childcare and related personal services
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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£17k

£21k

£21k

£20k

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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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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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