Social Work BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
L500
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019
Recognised
Yes

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.

What you'll experience

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.

Find out more about the values we look for

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,000 for year 1 and £13,200 a year for years 2 and 3 (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll need to meet the cost of travel for your placements. Your travel costs will vary depending on location and the transportation you use. The NHS may meet some of these costs.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Theory and Knowledge in Social Work
  • Contextualising Social Work
  • The Life Course and Social Work
  • Professionalism and Professional Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Law and Social Policy
  • Social Work Skills and Interventions

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Social Work with Children and Families
  • Social Work Adults
  • Decision Making and Risk
  • Creativity, Innovation and Empowerment in Practice
  • Practice Placement 1

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Safe-guarding and Promoting Wellbeing
  • Reflective and Resilient Professional Practice
  • Independent Research Study
  • Practice Learning 2

There are no optional units in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical workshops
  • simulation (in a simulated court room, for example)
  • report writing

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your working hours may be different when you're on work placements.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 77% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 15% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 48% studying independently and 37% on work placement
  • Year 3 students: 9% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 45% studying independently and 46% on work placement

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • tests (academic or practical/skills based)
  • compilation of filmed and recorded artefacts
  • online assessment
  • academic written work/portfolios
  • presentations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 25% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by practical exams and 83% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework
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    Want to start this course in 2019?

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – L500
    • our institution code – P80

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