Social Work BSc(Hons) 2017-18
About the course
This course helps to prepare you for a professional career in social work within today's statutory, voluntary and private sectors. We introduce you to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice within a complex and multi-cultural society, and within the context of professional and agency standards and requirements.
The course is managed and delivered by long-standing partnerships between the University and local social work agencies, including statutory, voluntary and service user-led organisations. You'll have the opportunity to undertake 30 days of skill development over the three years, work-shadow a social worker in Year 1 and complete a long work placement in Years 2 and 3.
Why study Social Work at Huddersfield?
The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), with graduates becoming eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC.
In your second and third years, you'll have the opportunity to undertake work placements in a social work or related setting. This will help to increase your future employability prospects and give you the chance to make useful contacts in industry.
95% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Your first year modules will provide an introduction to social work theory and practice, as well as aiming to develop your understanding of the organisational and political policy context of the profession.
In your second year you'll have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience, undertaking a work placement and potentially attending a series of sessions delivered by service users, service providers and carers.
Your final year aims to continue supporting your development, providing the opportunity for further professional experience via another work placement module. Read on for details of each module.
Social Science and Professional Practice
This module introduces you to sociological and psychological ideas that are used to help us to understand people’s lives and circumstances. You will have the opportunity to watch films, read books and participate in discussions about issues including poverty, bereavement, domestic violence, abuse and mental health. You will be assessed through a classroom based exam.
Social Work Contexts and Organisations
The module focuses on the increasing importance of inter-professional and inter-agency working. You will be supported to develop the knowledge and skills required to work effectively within Social Care organisations alongside other professionals and agencies. Themes of empowerment and anti-oppressive practice within organisations will be considered. You will also practice your team working skills during seminars and gain an insight into inter-agency working through lectures delivered by representatives from a variety of organisations. Assessment will involve producing two pieces of coursework, including a group presentation (worth 30% of module marks) and a written assignment (worth 70% of module marks).
Social Work Law and Social Policy
The module will introduce you to relevant English legislation and social policy underpinning social work practice. You'll cover topics including education, housing, childcare, vulnerable adults, mental health, criminal law, asylum and immigration, community care and the law in relation to human rights, discrimination and equal opportunities. The application of law and policy to the practice context will also be explored. This module is assessed through coursework involving an appraisal of the legislation as it is applied to social work practice (worth 50% of module marks) and a written essay based on a case study (worth 50% of module marks).
Understanding Social Work
You'll be supported to develop the key skills required for undergraduate study, professional social work development and life-long learning. You'll also have the opportunity to develop autonomy in planning, managing and evaluating your own learning through discussions and debates in seminars. This module is assessed through coursework in the form of a portfolio, which will include a Professional Development Plan, a written essay, partly based on a recorded interview with a service user or carer (worth 60% of module marks) and a presentation (worth 40% of module marks). Your tutor will also complete a report on your readiness to practice.
Assessment; Care and Support Planning in Social Work
By exploring underpinning theory and methods, you will be supported to learn how to assess, hypothesise, analyse situations and construct support plans with a focus on two key client groups. Firstly, you'll consider children and their families through coursework involving a presentation and written report (worth 50% of module marks). Secondly you'll complete coursework in the form of a written assignment focusing on vulnerable adults and their carers (worth 50% of module marks).
First Practice Placement
This module provides you with the opportunity to apply and develop your knowledge, skills and values in practice through learning opportunities and assessment provided by a Practice Educator. You'll complete 70 days of assessed practice in a social work/care setting where you'll demonstrate that you can practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for social work. Throughout the placement you'll produce coursework in the form of a portfolio (worth 100% of module marks), which details your development and includes a final report from your Practice Educator, who will recommend a pass or fail in practice.
You'll be supported to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of professional practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work. This module emphasises the importance of evidence based practice with an ability to analyse, evaluate and apply theory to practice. You'll explore the key skills required to become a competent, confident and resilient worker. This module is assessed through two pieces of coursework, a written assignment based on practice, (worth 80% of module marks) and a digital story reflecting upon a critical incident in practice (worth 20% of module marks). You'll also construct a Professional Development Plan which will be assessed on a pass, refer or fail basis.
Social Work Knowledge and Interventions
This module helps you to understand how social workers can apply research, theory and knowledge gained from sociology, psychology, human growth and development to social work practice. You'll study a range of social work interventions and develop your appreciation of how these can be critically applied in practice. You'll explore knowledge and skills that support your confidence in being a research minded professional. Assessment will involve coursework in the form of one written essay (worth 100% of module marks).
Working together with Service Users and Carers
You will be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of what it is like to be a service user or a carer in today’s society. Your understanding of particular groups will be supported through a series of sessions delivered by service users, service providers and carers. This module is assessed through coursework involving a written reflective account of five of these sessions, and an essay.
Critical Reflective Practice
Through this module you'll be supported to further develop your knowledge, skills and critical understanding of professional practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work. This module further emphasises the importance of evidence based practice with an ability to critically analyse, evaluate and apply theory to practice. You'll explore the key skills required to become a competent, confident, resilient and autonomous worker. This module is assessed through two pieces of coursework, a written assignment based on practice, (worth 80% of module marks) and a digital story reflecting upon a critical incident in practice (worth 20% of module marks). You'll also construct a Professional Development Plan which will be assessed on a pass, refer or fail basis.
Final Practice Placement
This module provides you with the opportunity to critically apply and develop your knowledge, skills and values in practice through learning opportunities and assessment provided by a Practice Educator. You'll complete 100 days of assessed practice in a social work setting where you'll demonstrate that you can practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for social work. Throughout the placement you'll produce coursework in the form of a portfolio (worth 100% of module marks), which details your development and includes a final report from your Practice Educator, who will recommend a pass or fail in practice.
Social Work with Adults
You will examine the responsibilities of being an Adult Social Worker, underpinned by the professional capability framework and the key skills and knowledge statements for Adult Social Work. You will engage with issues of safeguarding, risk, law, mental health, loss and transitions. You will be assessed through two pieces of course work. The first assessment (40% of module marks) will consist of two parts, a group presentation (20%) and a reflective account (20%). You will write a 3000 word essay (60% of module marks) where you will research in more detail an adult client group of interest to you.
Social Work with Children
This module focuses on child centred practice and the ability to build a relationship with children and their families. You'll be supported to develop knowledge and a critical understanding of child safeguarding, law, research and theory that informs your practice. You'll also be supported to increase your critical awareness of risk, neglect and abuse experienced by children. Assessment will involve two pieces of coursework, where you will produce two posters (each worth 50% of module marks).
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This course includes a compulsory 70 day work placement in your second year and a compulsory 100 day work placement in your third year. These are managed and assessed by experienced practice educators, who provide opportunities for you to develop and apply the knowledge, value base and professional capabilities required of social workers in qualified practice.
Placements are undertaken in wide variety of settings within the voluntary and statutory sectors. For example, you may work with local authorities, national charities, housing agencies, drug and alcohol services, sexual health services and a wide variety of other social care and welfare services. Previous placement providers have included working across a wide range of service user groups and you may have the opportunity to work with vulnerable adults, children and families, young people, people with learning disabilities or people with mental health issues.
95% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Previous Huddersfield Social Work graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, healthcare, human resources, community and social services in organisations including Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council, Bradford Council, Wakefield Council, Calderdale Council, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Nottingham.*
Professional links and accreditations
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC Register.
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience and lectures.
Assessment will include coursework, practice and capability based learning.
12.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
The Government is yet to announce tuition fee guidance for 2017/18. Tuition fees, scholarships and repayments are subject to inflation and may vary dependent upon Government policy. We will update our website as soon as this information becomes available; this is expected in May 2016.
For information, in 2016/17, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,000. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Please also see our Policy for Selection of Undergraduate Social Work Bursaries.
How to apply
Once you've sent your form in to UCAS we shortlist applicants and if you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview. We've put together some information for you about what to expect at an interview – but don't worry, when you are invited in you will be given full details of what will happen.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.