Social Work BA (Hons)

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Duration
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Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 12/10/2018

Our Social Work BA (Hons) aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values appropriate for work in a variety of social work settings. The teaching and learning on this course is delivered by qualified/registered social work academic staff that are actively engaged in research and regularly contribute to publications, consultancy and direct practice.

A bursary allocation to cover level 5 and 6 placement costs is available from the NHS for eligible students. The University is tasked with assessing you based upon your first year engagement and academic achievements. The NHS Business Services Authority will select all eligible students until the bursary allocation is exhausted. Further information can be found at the NHS bursary website.

 

Course

Highlights

  • Approved programme by the Health Care Professions Council (HPC).
  • A range of placements are available to give you industry experience.
  • This course meets the definitions set by International Federation of Social Work.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Work Experience

You will undertake 170 days of practice learning (placement). You will complete a student profile during your first year and, through strong partnerships between the university and employer providers, will be matched to a specific service. Placement learning opportunities can be outside of Northampton. All placement providers are quality assured by the University. It is desirable that you hold a current UK driving licence.

Course Details

Social workers deal with some of the most vulnerable people in society at times of heightened stress. By the end of the course you will have been assessed against the Standards of Proficiency for Social Work and the Professional Capabilities Framework and will be able to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration.

Competent practice is essential for the award and you will undertake 200 days of practice learning (placement and skills for practice) during the programme. Practice learning through placement experience is undertaken in blocks throughout the course, you will complete: 30 days experiential skills for practice at level four (in the University), 70 days (in placement) at level five and 100 days (in placement) at level six.

Read more…

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Employment prospects for Social Work graduates are excellent and you will be able to pursue social work careers across the country.

Successful graduates can apply to the HCPC for registration, please note that you are only eligible for this if you graduate with a BA (Hons) Social Work degree. This is because Social Work is a protected title. If you graduate with an ordinary degree you will not be eligible to apply for registration to the HCPC and cannot be awarded the title of Social Worker.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

0300 303 2772
+44 (0)1604 892134
+44 (0)1604 892546

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent)
    with no component below 6.5.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

You must have Maths and English GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. A typical offer would be BBC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Acceptance on this course is subject to a health declaration and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

In addition to standard entry requirements, you must demonstrate that you possess the entry level requirements under the Professional Capabilities Framework. This framework includes:

  • awareness of social context for social work practice
  • self awareness
  • ability to develop rapport and potential to develop relevant knowledge
  • skills and values through professional training

You will need to have had some experience of working in a social work/social care setting.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Course Content

You will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for best social work practice which will continue to be developed throughout the duration of the course. The Skills for Practice module is designed to develop your skills and understanding about social work through teaching and learning that takes place in the University and is delivered by a range of qualified social work academics, service users and social work practitioners.

  • Social Policy for Social Workers (10 Credits)
    Module code: SWK1011
    Core Module Y
  • Skills for Practice (40 Credits)
    Module code: SWK1049
    Core Module Y
  • Understanding Human Behaviour 1 (10 Credits)
    Module code: SWK1013
    Core Module Y
  • Law for Social Workers (10 Credits)
    Module code: SWK1012
    Core Module Y
  • Social Work Theories and Models (20 Credits)
    Module code: SWK1008
    Core Module Y
  • Academic Literacy - Thinking and Reasoning (20 Credits)
    Module code: SWK1054
    Core Module Y
  • Understanding Human Behaviour 2 (10 Credits)
    Module code: SWK1014
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • the programme is approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • prepares you for professional social work practice
  • enables you to develop your practice skills
  • develops your skills and knowledge in working with other professions
  • raises your political awareness and encourages you to be creative, critical and reflective thinkers
  • the Social Work subject team sign up to and hold the International Federation of Social Work definition of social work
  • you will have the opportunity to develop a range of communication skills in the first year through experiential teaching and learning facilitated by Service Users and Social Work Practitioners in readiness for direct practice.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Social Work MA

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services MSc

Research

at the University of Northampton

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

Opportunities Available

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

The Social Work course attracts a very limited number of Social Work bursaries, which you may be eligible to apply for at the start of your course. However, the number of these bursaries allocated are minimal and you should therefore make appropriate financial arrangements to support your study.

Additional Costs
Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

You are not required to purchase any textbooks as we endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available for free in the University library. There is also a two day ‘shadow’ placement in the first year which may lead to you incurring additional transport costs.

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,000

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

The Social Work course attracts a very limited number of Social Work bursaries, which you may be eligible to apply for at the start of your course. However, the number of these bursaries allocated are minimal and you should therefore make appropriate financial arrangements to support your study.

Additional Costs
Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

You are not required to purchase any textbooks as we endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available for free in the University library. There is also a two day ‘shadow’ placement in the first year which may lead to you incurring additional transport costs.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…


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Updated 12/10/2018

  • Our Social Work BA (Hons) aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values appropriate for work in a variety of social work settings. The teaching and learning on this course is delivered by qualified/registered social work academic staff that are actively engaged in research and regularly contribute to publications, consultancy and direct practice.

    A bursary allocation to cover level 5 and 6 placement costs is available from the NHS for eligible students. The University is tasked with assessing you based upon your first year engagement and academic achievements. The NHS Business Services Authority will select all eligible students until the bursary allocation is exhausted. Further information can be found at the NHS bursary website.

     

    Course

    Highlights

    • Approved programme by the Health Care Professions Council (HPC).
    • A range of placements are available to give you industry experience.
    • This course meets the definitions set by International Federation of Social Work.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • Social workers deal with some of the most vulnerable people in society at times of heightened stress. By the end of the course you will have been assessed against the Standards of Proficiency for Social Work and the Professional Capabilities Framework and will be able to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration.

    Competent practice is essential for the award and you will undertake 200 days of practice learning (placement and skills for practice) during the programme. Practice learning through placement experience is undertaken in blocks throughout the course, you will complete: 30 days experiential skills for practice at level four (in the University), 70 days (in placement) at level five and 100 days (in placement) at level six.

    Read more…

    Additional

    Information

    Work Experience

    You will undertake 170 days of practice learning (placement). You will complete a student profile during your first year and, through strong partnerships between the university and employer providers, will be matched to a specific service. Placement learning opportunities can be outside of Northampton. All placement providers are quality assured by the University. It is desirable that you hold a current UK driving licence.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      Employment prospects for Social Work graduates are excellent and you will be able to pursue social work careers across the country.

      Successful graduates can apply to the HCPC for registration, please note that you are only eligible for this if you graduate with a BA (Hons) Social Work degree. This is because Social Work is a protected title. If you graduate with an ordinary degree you will not be eligible to apply for registration to the HCPC and cannot be awarded the title of Social Worker.

  • You must have Maths and English GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. A typical offer would be BBC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Acceptance on this course is subject to a health declaration and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

    In addition to standard entry requirements, you must demonstrate that you possess the entry level requirements under the Professional Capabilities Framework. This framework includes:

    • awareness of social context for social work practice
    • self awareness
    • ability to develop rapport and potential to develop relevant knowledge
    • skills and values through professional training

    You will need to have had some experience of working in a social work/social care setting.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • You will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for best social work practice which will continue to be developed throughout the duration of the course. The Skills for Practice module is designed to develop your skills and understanding about social work through teaching and learning that takes place in the University and is delivered by a range of qualified social work academics, service users and social work practitioners.

    • Social Policy for Social Workers (10 Credits)
      Module code: SWK1011
      Core Module Y
    • Skills for Practice (40 Credits)
      Module code: SWK1049
      Core Module Y
    • Understanding Human Behaviour 1 (10 Credits)
      Module code: SWK1013
      Core Module Y
    • Law for Social Workers (10 Credits)
      Module code: SWK1012
      Core Module Y
    • Social Work Theories and Models (20 Credits)
      Module code: SWK1008
      Core Module Y
    • Academic Literacy - Thinking and Reasoning (20 Credits)
      Module code: SWK1054
      Core Module Y
    • Understanding Human Behaviour 2 (10 Credits)
      Module code: SWK1014
      Core Module Y
    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Social Work MA

      Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services MSc

    • at the University of Northampton

      We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • Opportunities Available

      We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    The Social Work course attracts a very limited number of Social Work bursaries, which you may be eligible to apply for at the start of your course. However, the number of these bursaries allocated are minimal and you should therefore make appropriate financial arrangements to support your study.

    Additional Costs
    Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

    You are not required to purchase any textbooks as we endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available for free in the University library. There is also a two day ‘shadow’ placement in the first year which may lead to you incurring additional transport costs.

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,000

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    The Social Work course attracts a very limited number of Social Work bursaries, which you may be eligible to apply for at the start of your course. However, the number of these bursaries allocated are minimal and you should therefore make appropriate financial arrangements to support your study.

    Additional Costs
    Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

    You are not required to purchase any textbooks as we endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available for free in the University library. There is also a two day ‘shadow’ placement in the first year which may lead to you incurring additional transport costs.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour