BA Social Work


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Degree of Bachelor of Arts



UCAS Course Code
L501
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If you are looking for a career which is intellectually, ethically and highly-rewarding then Social Work is the ideal profession for you. Social workers are required to balance care, change and control in their work with people who use social care services, and with the relatives and friends who provide care to service users.

UEA’s BA (Hons) Social Work degree programme, accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, will introduce you to the range of social work theory, policy and practice and on completing your degree you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register as a Social Worker.

Overview

Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, the BA Social Work degree programme will encompass social work theory, policy and practice. Social workers support the most vulnerable members of our society, and help them overcome difficulties and achieve their full potential. Our programme is designed to be both academically rigorous and supportive to ensure you are prepared to face the challenges your future career will bring. 

By studying with us you will gain a thorough understanding of the theoretical foundations of social work, alongside its roots in psychology, sociology and other disciplines. You will learn about the social policy and legal context for social work, especially in areas relating to children and families, mental health, disability and older people. Over the course of your degree, you will complete 200 days in practice-based learning, working with at least two different vulnerable groups to ensure you are confident and qualified.

On completing your degree, you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register as a social worker. 

Course Structure

The academic year consists of two semesters (each 12 weeks long), but university and placement attendance for those within the School of Social Work will continue outside of these dates. 
Year 1
The first year will provide a thorough introduction to the knowledge, skills, history, contexts and values of social work, social sciences and childhood development. You will also complete a child observation and a short shadowing placement. 
Year 2
You will receive teaching on social work relating to children and adults, mental illness and disability through your compulsory modules. You will also complete a substantial 70 day practice placement, allowing you to apply your knowledge and values to real-life situations. 
Year 3 
In your final year you will undertake your second practice placement of 100 days, at the end of which you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to work with minimal supervision. Modules in this year will focus on strengthening the links between theory, research and practice, and refining skills for effective intervention in people’s lives. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic you find particularly engaging. 

A full list of current modules we offer can be found on the 'Course Profile' page. 

We Make a Difference

We are committed to making a positive difference to people’s lives. All of your lecturers will be experienced social workers, and many will be actively researching ways to improve the lives and care of vulnerable groups. 

In the most recent government survey of university research, the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), UEA School of Social Work was placed 4th in the country for overall research, with 90 per cent of the work submitted classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. It is this cutting-edge research which directs our teaching, ensuring you are learning the most up-to-date practices and engaging with current academic debates.  

One example is the work of Professor Beth Neil who  is completing research into the need for a bespoke contact plan between each adopted child and their birth relatives. This is just one example of the life-changing work completed at UEA which will positively impact people’s lives, and shape adoption procedures in the future. Read more about ‘Adoptions’. 

An Excellent Student Experience

By choosing UEA, you become part of a close knit, highly supportive community. We are proud of our reputation as a university which provides excellent student experience; UEA has consistently ranked highly for satisfaction in the National Student Survey, with Social Work ranking Top 10  English Mainstream institutions in the 2015 National Student Survey. We believe this is a testament to our vibrant campus life, offering you a huge range of activities, societies and sporting opportunities.  

When you join the School of Social Work, you will also be assigned an academic adviser  who will take an active interest in your progress, support you on placement, provide a range of advice, and you may speak to them about any issue which is affecting your study.

Work experience

Further information on the Admissions process for Social Work including guidance on references and work experience can be found in our Social Work Admissions FAQs and in our Work Experience Leaflet. 

Where Next?

You will graduate with a professional qualification and the expertise to pursue a wide range of exciting, rewarding and challenging careers within the social work profession. You will have completed over 200 days of practice-based learning, and will be fully equipped to work in a wide range of statuary and voluntary agencies. 

•    Local authority teams, for example with children and families, fostering and adoption, community mental health, disability or older people
•    The voluntary sector, with organisations such as NSPCC, Age UK, MIND
•    Schools, health trusts and hospitals
•    Private sector agencies, for example, providing fostering services or therapeutic residential care for children or adults

Our most recent statistics show that 95 per cent of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation, which we believe is a testament to the thorough preparation which this course provides. 

This programme has been endorsed by TCSW as having met the social work professional quality criteria.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND CHILD OBSERVATION

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS ONLY. This module provides an introduction to development psychology. We investigate the world of the infant and young child, looking at a number of areas including the development of perception, motor and cognitive skills, emotion, gender socialisation, and attachment. Lectures focus on critically evaluating different theories of development, and there is an emphasis on understanding the various research methodologies utilised by developmental psychology. Seminars provide an opportunity to explore specialist areas from a social work perspective looking at practical application of theory.

SWK-4007Y

30

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCES FOR SOCIAL WORK

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS ONLY. The module aims to enable students to comprehend, evaluate and compare the major perspectives in psychology and sociology that underpin the psychosocial domain.

SWK-4006Y

30

PREPARATION FOR PRACTICE

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENT ONLY. This module will prepare you to apply your academic learning to practice learning. You will be introduced to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements for social workers, the College of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework, the service user perspective of social work and the core values of the profession. During the module you will undertake a short placement during which you will shadow an experienced social worker. This module, the shadowing placement and the reflective piece will allow you to gain a basic understanding of the social work role in organisations, the use and value of supervision and an understanding of the basic social work values, knowledge and skills. This readiness to practice assessment will enable you to utilise these key skills in your first placement.

SWK-4004Y

30

SOCIAL WORK IN CONTEXT

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS ONLY. This module will introduce you to relevant aspects of the historical, political and social contexts within which social workers practice. Many of the ideas and theories which underpin social work are contested and challenged in the light of these changing contexts - for example, how society should respond to poverty, disability, child welfare, older age, etc.

SWK-4005Y

30

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

LEGAL AND SOCIAL POLICY CONTEXT OF SOCIAL WORK

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS ONLY. This year long module introduces students to basic legal knowledge and policy concepts, to enable them to make sense of social work practice in its wider policy and legal context, and to use law confidently in their practice. There are two teaching elements within it, one focusing on the law and the other on social policy, but the themes cut across them both - for example, themes about human rights, individual freedom and choice, public welfare, social workers' powers and duties, the grounds for state intervention in family life. The ideas and information covered in the module also provide students with frameworks to help them make sense of the legal, policy and organisational context of their Level 1 and Level 2 practice placements. THIS

SWK-5003Y

40

PROFESSIONAL THEORY AND PRACTICE

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS ONLY. This module contains a number of different elements which are designed to help students understand and engage with service users they will work with as professional social workers. The formative and summative work will help students identify where they need to develop, both academically and in practice in order to meet the requirements of the social work degree. Students will be introduced to psychological models for understanding human growth and behaviour across the lifespan and will learn how to use these models to understand case situations. The module will encourage students to think about and review a range of factors, including biological, social and psychological that can impact human development at a range of levels within the individual and their environment. Issues of diversity, difference and disadvantage are key themes in this module and the module aims to stimulate critical reflection on the nature and experience of difference, especially in terms of people's differing personal and social circumstances and the ways in which professional social workers may respond to these differences. Students will be encouraged to think about how issues of personal and political power arise in social work practice and to reflect on the implications of these in order to be able to incorporate and develop these ideas in their practice. In order to be able to effectively integrate these important areas of learning into the complex arena of social work practice it is critical that students develop the interpersonal, communication and practical skills that will enable them to build effective professional relationships with service users in a wide range of settings. This module therefore provides a safe opportunity within the university environment for students to learn about, rehearse and critically reflect on key interpersonal and written communication skills within the social work arena. Service users are involved in elements of the teaching and the formative assessment (providing feedback on the recorded role play) in this module and professional actors are employed to provide students with the opportunity to rehearse and review their interpersonal and professional relationship building skills. The module incorporates teaching and learning on using reading and research for students in order to support them in their professional and academic development within all the areas of this module and beyond, including the preparation for the demands of the dissertation in their final year.

SWK-5005Y

40

WORKING WITH SERVICE USERS I

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS ONLY. This module develops more specific and in-depth skills for practice compared to the generalist skills of Professional Theory and Practice I. It includes the 80 day period of assessed practice and after the placement, gives an opportunity to integrate learning from practice with the further study of social work theory and methods. Students have to fully attend and pass the placement in order to pass the module and proceed to the next year.

SWK-5004Y

40

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS ONLY. Professional Development is a composite module which builds on the knowledge and skills for practice acquired in Professional Theory and Practice II. This year long unit includes the Level 2 placement and it enables students to develop skills in applying theory, law, policy and values to practice and to complete the practice requirements set out in the Professional Capabilities Framework, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency, and the Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics. Level 2 Placement and Case Study During the final level placement students work under the supervision of a practice educator/assessor, who is a qualified social worker, to develop key skills contained in the College of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework and the Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England. The placement may be undertaken in a range of settings - fieldwork, residential, day services or community settings. Students will gain experience of undertaking statutory and legal interventions.

SWK-6002Y

40

THE DISSERTATION

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS ONLY. The Dissertation is an extended piece of writing which enables students to explore in depth an issue of concern to social workers. There is a free choice of topic, subject to the approval of the Module leader. Students may for example choose a topic which has interested them throughout their degree course, which they now want to explore in greater depth, or they may identify an issue from practice which they feels need further exploration. The focus must be on social work practice, as opposed to, for example, social policy, and the topic must lend itself to completion within the total word limit of 8,000 words. The Dissertation is a review of the literature, not an empirical piece of work, though students are encouraged to illustrate their material with case examples and practitioner/service user views.

SWK-6003Y

40

WORKING WITH SERVICE USERS II

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR BA SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS ONLY. Students must attend at least 2 of the following courses (they may attend three or all four if they choose): Social Work with Children and Families, Social Work with Mentally Ill People, Social Work with Older People and Social Work with Adults and Children with Disabilities. The module is assessed by exam in which students have to answer questions on case studies relating to two of the specialist areas.

SWK-6001B

40

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB or 6 subjects at H2
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass 45 credits with Merit at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE Level.

A GCE A-Level in General Studies is not accepted.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide an essay, instructions will be provided.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading) at the following levels:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and/or English requirements for direct entry, our partner, INTO University of East Anglia, offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

International students - Social Work is not available for International students.

Interviews

Short listed applicants will be invited to interview prior to being offered for a place on the course. The interview will last around 45 minutes and the interview panel will consist of an academic, practitioner and/or a service user.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

Experience

All applicants are required to have gained at least 6 months paid or voluntary work experience of helping people and working with others in a Social Work/Social Care environment.  Further information about work experience can be found in our Work Experience Leaflet

If shortlisted and invited to interview, applicants will be required to provide an additional reference. This should be a professional reference providing details of your ability in a caring/helping capacity, to complement your academic reference provided on the UCAS application.

Health

Applicants are asked to declare that they are of satisfactory physical and mental health.

Disclosure and Barring Service

The course you are applying for is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) on your UCAS application.

The amendments to the Exceptions Order provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure, and cannot be taken into account.  Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service Website. Further information can also be found on the Nacro website https://www.nacro.org.uk

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Our admissions policy is in line with standard and guidance from the HCPC and the programme is endorsed by TSCW as having met the social work professional quality criteria.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only

  • A Level BBB
  • International Baccalaureate 31
  • Scottish Highers BBBBB one Advanced Higher preferred
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBB (acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB
  • Access Course Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM preferably Health and Social Care.
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading) at the following levels:

  • IELTS (SELT): 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and/or English requirements for direct entry, our partner, INTO University of East Anglia, offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

International students - Social Work is not available for International students.

Interviews

Short listed applicants will be invited to interview prior to being offered a place on the course. The interview will last around 45 minutes and the interview panel will consist of a University lecturer, a local Social Work practitioner or manager and a Social Care Service User.

The interview will enable the panel to look at your personal background and circumstances, your understanding of Social Work, your current studies and your suitability for the programme.

Applicants will be required to write an essay prior to the interview date with the title 'Why is Social Work Important’. Full instructions for the essay will be sent to applicants with the invitation to interview.

Special Entry Requirements

Further information on the Admissions process for Social Work, including guidance on writing a personal statement, references and work experience, can be found in our Social Work Admissions FAQs.

Experience

All applicants are required to have gained at least 6 months paid or voluntary work experience of helping people and working with others in a Social Work/Social Care environment.

If shortlisted and invited to interview, applicants will be required to provide an additional reference. This should be a professional reference providing details of your ability in a caring/helping capacity, to complement your academic reference provided on the UCAS application.

Further information about work experience can be found in our Work Experience Leaflet

Health

Applicants are asked to declare that they are of satisfactory physical and mental health.

Disclosure and Barring Service

The course you are applying for is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) on your UCAS application.

The amendments to the Exceptions Order provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure, and cannot be taken into account.  Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service Website. Further information can also be found on the Nacro website https://www.nacro.org.uk

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN: Disclosure of criminal background for those with access to children
All applicants who have been offered a place to study the BA course will be required to obtain a new DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

An application pack will be sent from the University (this usually happens from April onwards). This should be completed and returned as soon as possible.

General information about this process can be obtained from the UK Governments Disclosure and Barring Service Website.

Our admissions policy is in line with standard and guidance from the HCPC and the programme is endorsed by TSCW as having met the social work professional quality criteria.

Intakes

The School’s annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

Candidates with equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

BA Social Work is not available for International applicants.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at grade C or above.

Applicants applying with alternative qualifications to GCSEs are encouraged to contact the Admissions Team prior to making an application.

Course Open To

UCAS Applicants

Assessment

Key factors used to assess an application include:

  • Past and future achievement in examinations
  • Paid/voluntary work experience
  • Academic interest in the subject
  • Personal interests and extra-curricular activities
  • The academic reference (on UCAS application)
  • The professional reference (paid/voluntary Social Work experience)
  • The interview

All applications are considered on their own individual merits.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2015/2016 were:

  • UK/EU Students: £9,000 (full-time)

Students undertaking Social Work programmes may also be eligible to receive a Department of Health Bursary administered by the NHS Business Services Authority. The Undergraduate Bursary is available to students ordinarily resident in England studying on an approved undergraduate course. It is available for the second and third years of study on the degree. The Bursary consists of a non-income-assessed basic grant that varies in value but is likely to be in excess of £3,000. Additionally all students on social work programmes will receive a travel grant that contributes towards the cost of travel whilst on placement.

Decisions about Bursary allocation will be made in May 2016 and all candidates who are holding offers will be informed shorty afterwards. It is anticipated that most, if not all students starting the course in 2016 will receive a Bursary for the second and third years of the programme.

PLEASE NOTE BURSARY FUNDING IS CHANGING FOR 2016/2017

Undergraduate University Fees

We are committed to ensuring that Tuition Fees do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. Full time UK/EU students starting an undergraduate degree course in 2016 will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000. The level of fee may be subject to yearly increases.

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS

Applications for September 2015 need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option. 

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom.  It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14


If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Social Work)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

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