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Social Work BA Honours

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Code
L501
Start
17 September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Sarah Lewis-Brooke

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.

Why study BA Social Work at Middlesex University?

The programme is fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, the regulatory body for social work. 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 in practice. 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. Many of the staff also are currently in practice or have recent practice experience. Several staff hold Middlesex University or National Teaching Fellowship status in recognition of their innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment We have recently been awarded a prestigious teaching partnership with 4 local authority partners and a voluntary agency. This will fund further teaching resources, innovative practice and strengthen still further our ability to offer high quality placements to the students.

Course highlights

  • We have excellent relationships with a range of local authorities and voluntary and independent sector organisations across London, ensuring our course teaches the most current policy and practice in social work, and ensuring access to high quality placements
  • You will benefit from high levels of tutor contact time through extended teaching sessions, interactive workshop style seminars and e-learning resources
  • Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC to register as a qualified social worker
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA Social Work?

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.

Please visit The British Association of Social Workers for further information about the social work profession.

What you will gain?

Upon graduation, you will be able to communicate effectively with a range of service users and professionals in a variety of contexts and confidently present arguments based on available academic and practice evidence in specialist areas of social work practice. You will be able to confidently use advanced IT skills to carry out professional social work practice and demonstrate an advanced ability to solve problems and to apply this skill to professional practice. You will also critically analyse the latest research findings and apply them to practice.

Modules

We recommend the following useful preparatory texts and resources for both incoming students and interested applicants.

  • Year 1

    • Life-course Developments (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduce the broad theories of human growth and development across the life course. It facilitate your 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 you 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.

    • Community Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips you with an understanding of the social problems you may encounter in your practice placements in years two and three of the programme. It offers 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 your 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.

    • Preparation for Professional Practice: Foundation Knowledge and Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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 a foundation level of knowledge and skills, enabling you 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 you 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. You will explore the interface between one's own values and those of the profession.

    • Preparation for Professional Practice: Professional Development and Communication (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops communication skills relevant for professional practice and promotes your potential for lifelong learning at the beginning of your career as a social worker by introducing the Professional Capabilities Framework and the concept of personal development planning.

  • Year 2

    • Law for Social Workers (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you 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). You will begin to learn how to differentiate and 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. You 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

    • Social Work Theories, Interventions and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables you to explore the nature of social work knowledge, critically analysing contemporary practice theories and their interrelationships to social work assessment and intervention. It supports you in further developing your practice skills and intervention techniques, and assists you in developing insightful, exploratory and creative practice approaches. It also supports you to enhance and develop your direct communication skills and begin to apply professional ethical standards and values, incorporating service user/carer perspectives.

    • Initial Professional Practice Placement - 70 days (30 credits) - Compulsory

      You will 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, you 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. You will have demonstrated your ability to work with people and situations where there may not be simple clear-cut solutions.

    • Approaches to Health and Social Care Research (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This interprofessional module introduces those from 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 your 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.

  • Year 3

    • Final Professional Practice Placement - 100 days (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables you 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, you will 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.

    • Social Work Knowledge: Application and Critique (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables you to explore the nature of social work knowledge, critically analysing contemporary practice theories and their interrelationships to social work assessment and intervention. It supports you in further developing your practice skills and intervention techniques. It assists you in developing insightful, exploratory and creative practice approaches. It also facilitates your exploration of ethical models of decision making and relate these ideas to the enhancement of your own ethical social work practice.

  • Year 3 Optional modules - choose 1 of the following:

    • Specialist Knowledge for Professional Practice (Social Work with Adults) (60 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you 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. You will 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. You will 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. You will develop expertise in a practice theme as a subject for systematic review, research and evaluation via the research dissertation.

    • Specialist Knowledge for Professional Practice (Child and Family Social Work) (60 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you 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. You will 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. You will 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. You will develop expertise in a child and family practice theme selected by yourself as a subject for systematic review, research and evaluation via the research dissertation.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the BA Social Work support your career?

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.

What support is available?

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.

Professional accreditation

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.

Dr Lucille Allain
Associate Professor (Practice) Social Work

Dr Allain is Director of Programmes, Social Work and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate social work students and experienced practitioners undertaking CPD programmes. She holds an MSc Social Research Methods, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Services Management.

Lucille is a professionally registered social worker with the HCPC and has over 20 years' experience working in the fields of child protection and looked after children in London local authorities. She worked as a social worker, team manager and strategic commissioning manager before moving to a joint appointment role with Middlesex University and Barnet Council. There she successfully developed a postgraduate social work trainee scheme for a number of London boroughs. Lucille has worked at Middlesex University for over 10 years and has also led social work at the University of East London in the role of Associate Dean.

Dr Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Professor of Social Care

Following a long professional career as a nurse and social worker, Dr Hafford-Letchfield became involved in management and academia, where she actively works with issues of intersectionality and equality in social work and social care, particularly in regards to ageing in marginalised communities. Her most recent research investigates the growing number of women without children living alone in later life, and the socio-economic, emotional and psychological issues they experience.

Dr Linda Bell
Associate Professor, School of Health and Education

Dr Bell has a background in anthropological research and has taught research methods to professional students at Middlesex University for a number of years. She has also been a researcher at King's College (London University), University College London and the London School of Economics (where she was previously a librarian).

Linda has researched various aspects of health, social care/social work and families. She is a member of the Middlesex University Social Policy Research Centre, and the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC). She is also a member of the British Sociological Association, the BSA Medical Sociology Group and the international Women's Workshop on Family/Household Qualitative Research, with which she has published several books. She is currently (June 2015) co-editing a special issue of the journal 'Women's Studies International Forum' with members of the Workshop.

Sarah Lewis-Brooke
Senior Lecturer Social Work

Sarah Lewis-Brooke has been a qualified social worker for 27 years, specialising in children and families’ social work and in particular, fostering, adoption and permanency. She has taught on this programme for 9 years. Sarah is research active and has recently worked on a research project that has set up an innovative service for birth mothers who have their children permanently removed. She is also interested in research into innovative pedagogies and is currently researching developing students’ ability to develop inclusive practice with LGBT people.

  • Rachel Walsh

    Social Work BA student

    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.

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