“Coming to Middlesex has been life-changing. I have met inspirational teachers and mentors; they have listened, acknowledged and supported me.” Rachel Walsh, BA Social Work student
Social workers can have a significant impact on peoples' lives and offer support to some of society's most vulnerable. Compassionate and patient, your skills will lie in communication, resilience and organisation. With the social work sector expanding rapidly, there are lots of rewarding career opportunities.
In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), 97% of students reported being satisfied with the teaching on their course, and 96% were satisfied with the academic support.
Endorsed by The College of Social Work and fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, our cutting-edge degree, designed and revised in collaboration with current students, employers and service users, primes students with expert theoretical knowledge and the essential professional skills to flourish. You will learn to collaborate confidently and effectively with multiple service providers in sectors such as education, health, and criminal justice services, as well as service users and their carers. You will be taught mainly by staff who are research active and the course is underpinned by sound pedagogic expertise. Several staff hold Middlesex University or National Teaching Fellowship status in recognition of their innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.
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We have 100% graduate employment on our BSc Social Work degree (DLHE 2015) - which makes us top in London for graduate prospects, according to the Sunday Times 2016.
Your studies will be focused towards enabling people at risk to live fulfilled and independent lives. In the first year you will build the professional acumen and communication skills required for effective social work and lay the foundations for the second and third years' academic study and practice-based learning.
All modules, and the programme as a whole, are clearly structured to meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will undertake two professional placements within relevant agencies and will be assessed against the HCPC Standards of Proficiency (social work) and British Association of Social Work (BASW) Professional Capability Framework. The placements usually run concurrently with academic study. You will complete 170 days of assessed practice learning within two approved and contrasting settings. In at least one of your placements, you will gain experience of statutory roles and tasks.
You will be allocated a tutor at the beginning of your course who you will meet regularly in tutor groups and who will also act as a link to your professional placements.
For further information about the social work profession, go to: http://www.basw.co.uk/social-work-careers/
Upon graduation, you will be able to:
This module introduce the broad theories of human growth and development across the life course. It facilitate students' understanding of the application and relevance of theories of human growth and development to social work practice and explore the influences of early life experiences in later life. It supports students to critically review and appraise the impact of diversity, differences and structural inequalities on people over the life course, focusing particularly on key transitional processes from birth to late adulthood.
This module equips students with an understanding of the social problems they may encounter in their practice placements in years two and three of the programme. It offers students the opportunity to develop a range of direct skills through active enquiry, synthesis and evaluation of information about the socio-economic and political realities in their chosen community. You will be encouraged to be creative by using innovative approaches to enhance your understanding of issues important to contemporary social work practice.
This module gives an overview of the purpose, complexity and breadth of social work knowledge and practice from three perspectives: service users/carers, professional colleagues and the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as the statutory regulator. It provides students with a foundation level of knowledge and skills, enabling students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to demonstrate readiness for practice. This includes an introduction to: safeguarding, legislation, social work theory, assessment and intervention models and organisational contexts. It supports students in developing an understanding of diversity and equality in social work practice and the integration of social work values in working with disadvantage, poverty and sustainability. Students will explore the interface between one's own values and those of the profession.
This module develops communication skills relevant for professional practice and promotes the student's potential for lifelong learning at the beginning of their career as a social worker by introducing the Professional Capabilities Framework and the concept of personal development planning.
This module provides students with an understanding of the structure, organisation and processes of the English legal system including comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all four major areas of law for social work practice (children and families, mental health, community care and youth justice). Students will begin to learn how to differentiate and begin to work with absolute, qualified and competing rights, and the differing needs and perspectives that arise during social work assessment and interventions alongside their first practice learning placement. They will also gain skills in understanding how to use the law positively and effectively and in selecting relevant aspects of the legislation to practice situations whilst promoting people's rights and begin to identify some of the ethical dilemmas that inevitably arise with legal interventions
This module enables students to explore the nature of social work knowledge, critically analysing contemporary practice theories and their interrelationships to social work assessment and intervention. It supports students in further developing their practice skills and intervention techniques, and assists students in developing insightful, exploratory and creative practice approaches. It also supports students to enhance and develop their direct communication skills and begin to apply professional ethical standards and values, incorporating service user/carer perspectives.
Students complete 70 days direct experience of practice in an agency setting under the supervision of a Practice Educator. By the end of the first placement, students will be able to evidence effective use of knowledge, skills and commitment to core values in social work in predominantly less complex situations, with supervision and support. They will have demonstrated their ability to work with people and situations where there may not be simple clear-cut solutions.
This interprofessional module introduces students of health and social care related subjects to the process of health and social care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health and social care related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. Professionals need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice.
This enables students to meet the PCF final placement level domains and the HCPC standards of proficiency through completing 100 days direct experience of practice in an agency setting under the supervision of a Practice Educator. By the end of the last placement and at the completion of qualifying programmes newly qualified social workers should have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and values to work with a range of user groups, and demonstrate the ability to undertake a range of tasks at a foundation level, demonstrating the capacity to work with more complex situations and in working with resistant service users within a statutory framework.
This module enables students to explore the nature of social work knowledge, critically analysing contemporary practice theories and their interrelationships to social work assessment and intervention. It supports students in further developing their practice skills and intervention techniques. It assists students in developing insightful, exploratory and creative practice approaches. It facilitates students' exploration of ethical models of decision making and relate these ideas to the enhancement of their own ethical social work practice.
This module enables students to develop advanced in-depth knowledge and practice skill through a variety of different theoretical and practice perspectives underpinned by casework examples and research findings. Students develop holistic approaches to working with adults through examining a wide range of service delivery contexts and addressing transitions that need to be considered when service users and their families/carers receive support from more than one agency, or move from one service to another. Students examine interdisciplinary approaches across a diverse range of models of service delivery and legislative frameworks, and scrutinise key policy and specialist practice issues with a strong focus on statutory roles, duties and responsibilities around safeguarding. Students develop expertise in a practice theme as a subject for systematic review, research and evaluation via the research dissertation.
This module enables students to develop advanced in-depth knowledge and practice skill through a variety of different theoretical and practice perspectives underpinned by casework examples and research findings. Students develop holistic approaches to working with children and families through examining a wide range of service delivery contexts and addressing transitions that need to be considered when service users and their families/carers receive support from more than one agency, or move from one service to another. Students examine interdisciplinary approaches; scrutinise key policy and specialist practice issues with a strong focus on statutory roles, duties and responsibilities regarding child safeguarding and parenting capacity. Students develop expertise in a child and family practice theme selected by the student as a subject for systematic review, research and evaluation via the research dissertation.
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You will learn through research, reading and critical reflection, workshops, tutorials and class discussions, and will work on written assignments and reports, presentations and group assignments. You will record your development and progress in a reflective journal and will work on a project in your final year where you can research an area of particular interest. You will also spend significant amounts of time on work placements.
You will be assessed through a wide range of assignments, including your final-year project, your placement portfolio, practical assessments, research tasks, presentations, class discussions, case study analyses, and observational visits. You will also submit written assignments, in which we will be looking both at your understanding of theory and your knowledge of its practical application, as well as your ability to communicate your ideas clearly.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
All candidates must have Mathematics and English GCSEs grade C or above or recognised and certificated equivalences. Please note that we can only accept your application for consideration if you have already obtained your GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at the appropriate level prior to applying. We also accept functional skills or key skills and equivalency tests by www.equivalencytesting.com, www.astarteachers.co.uk or any other appropriately accredited provider. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their first language, and where they have not studied in English throughout their education, will need to obtain IELTS score of 7 or above (overall score) with no one element or component being less than 6.5.
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Throughout the selection process we will be looking for successful applicants to demonstrate competence in written and spoken English and this is tested throughout the selection process.
We are unable to accept applications for deferred entry or defer existing offers for this programme to the next possible start date.
Social work education is nationally currently a very popular choice and at Middlesex University we have attracted more than 1700 applicants in recent years. Our process aims to select those who are most likely to become confident, effective and safe practitioners, eligible to apply for registration with HCPC as a social worker and who are able to uphold a positive image of the social work profession. This includes recognising the importance of building a diverse group of professionals who are reflective of the communities and localities they will be serving.
The process takes a holistic approach in which we examine your intellectual capability and readiness for studying an academic and professional qualification and your personal attributes, attitudes, values and abilities needed to demonstrate readiness to enter qualifying social work courses.
Our criteria for selection is assessed against agreed national criteria, based on the first level of BASW's Professional Capabilities' Framework and is designed to also meet the HCPC Standards of Education and Training. We use a range of methods to enable candidates to demonstrate their capability in different contexts and to provide the University and the applicant with as much information as is needed for informed decisions to be made.
We recognise that our selection process involves multiple stages and assessment activities. This allows us to consider evidence from a range of sources and to make clear and confident decisions. This is especially important given the professional nature of this course. All offers are conditional upon a satisfactory enhanced DBS check no matter how well you have done during the process. The team involved in recruitment and selection also includes service users, carers and social work practitioners. Offers may also be conditional upon the completion of certain qualifications in order to meet the entry requirements. Any such conditions must be met within the same application cycle.
All applicants must perform well in an individual interview (and a group exercise) to test their communication skills, motivation and commitment, understanding of social work and evaluation of their life and work experience. In exceptional circumstances were able to offer interviews of international applicants using equivalent interviewing methods, such as web cams or other video link facilities. The interview takes approximately 30 minutes. The group exercise takes approximately 40 minutes in total and there are opportunities on interview days to look around the campus and usually to meet a current social work student.
If you are successful at interview, the final stage involves obtaining from you:
Please note that we do not normally accommodate transfers from another social work programme, nor can we usually transfer credit from other studies into this programme, as completion of all modules on our degree is progression requirement.
You can do some research on the roles of social work and some background reading about current issues faced by the social work and the social care workforce. You will be asked to reflect on the relevance of your own professional or personal experiences and their relevance to becoming a social work professional. You can find out more about social work and social care issues from the websites of the British Association of Social Workers, the College of Social Work and Social Care Institute for Excellence.
We strongly advise applicants to be familiar with the different contexts in which social work can occur as it is a very versatile and fluid profession responding to changing needs and priorities. You can also reflect upon any relevant work, educational or personal experiences and your learning from these.
We receive several enquiries from applicants about this route to the social work degree. Please note that this is not an alternative part time route as social work cannot be studied part time. This route has been agreed with our partner agencies in London who sponsor their employees to undertake the social work qualification, studying alongside other students on the BA. If you are working in a Local Authority or Trust and are interested in training as a social worker then your first point of call should be your workforce development manager or learning and development manager to establish the opportunities available through them, and the process of application. Similarly, some employers recruit graduates into their own local schemes, so you should look out for the advertisements in the press such as Community Care or The Guardian, and apply directly.
If you are working in the voluntary sector and your employer has indicated their willingness to support your training then they should make contact with us in the first instance so that we can establish that they are able to meet the partnership requirements for employment based students. These are very stringent and include, for example:
There are a wide variety of career choices for qualified social workers including roles within the voluntary sector, such as advocacy and community work, or as an independent practitioner role. Social work skills are also valued in the private sector, NHS and local authorities. Job prospects are excellent consistently high graduate employability rates.
Roles undertaken include working with adults, such as the mentally ill, disabled and the elderly; with children and families and within the criminal justice system. Salary progression is excellent and the average starting salary for our graduates is £29k.
Our BA Social Work graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles in local authorities including: London Borough of Barnet, London Borough of Enfield, Haringey Council, and East Sussex County Council.
You will complete 170 days of assessed practice learning within an approved work based setting. This is spread over two placements – one for 100 days, and the other for 70 days.
Our key partners include: the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Barnet and Enfield. We also have partnership arrangements with other local authorities including: Hammersmith and Fulham, Hackney, Islington and Camden, and a range of local third sector organisations.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
This degree is pending approval approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, which is the statutory body regulating the social work profession. The degree has already been endorsed by The College of Social Work. This means the course is professionally recognised for being of the highest quality, focused on developing the knowledge and skills that employers require.
"Throughout the course I have really enjoyed studying Social Policy, Methods and Models and Contexts and Applications; they've given me a good understanding of psychological theories and counselling skills, which prior to the course I only had a limited knowledge of. I have also been very lucky to secure an opportunity to work at a Youth Offending Service during my final placement which will help in my ambition to work in youth justice.
"Coming to Middlesex has been a life-changing experience for me. I have had the opportunity to meet some inspirational teachers and mentors; they have listened, acknowledged and supported me through the ups-and-downs of balancing studies and family life, which is extremely important when you're a mature student."