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You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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.
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 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 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.
Social Work BA student
Currently, I am a care worker and was at the time when I started the degree. By becoming a social worker I will be able to support individuals, represent people in both statutory and non-statutory situations, and gain the academic knowledge to inform practice. I will be able to identify and differentiate my ethical and emotional decisions when advocating for service users to enable appropriate interventions.
My placement provided me with a practical experience by being hands-on with service users. I had the opportunity to work with individuals with diverse, social, racial and financial needs which required different types of interventions by taking appropriate actions or just being someone for service users to share their stories with. By working alongside staff members and volunteers from different organisations, I have gained experience of working with other professionals, with an approach to achieving a goal to support the service users.
Through my weekly supervisions I am able to identify my strengths and weaknesses when working with different types of personalities and people from different backgrounds. By attending seminar groups and weekly supervisions as well as doing daily reflections, I have improved my skills and knowledge.
I aspire to attend relevant workshops in and outside university, which are designed to help build my confidence in all situations. I will continue to volunteer my services to individuals who need my support to meet social needs. I plan to seek as many routes possible that can help me build my capabilities for future practice.
Social Work BA student
I chose to study Social Work because I am very passionate about supporting people and working with vulnerable people.
Every aspect of the course has been useful as I become a well-rounded carer able to support my service users. Without the knowledge acquired at lectures, I wouldn’t have known what to do at placement. My placement gave me opportunity to work with real human beings and not case studies, and enabled me to put theory into practice and test out hypotheses. It gave me the opportunity to practice with guidance from a more experienced social worker which helped build my confidence. Reflection time during the placement helped me unpick my feelings and actions of the day which developed my critical thinking and ability to understand myself better. The placement has taught me to be a reflective practitioner and to be open to learn from others.
The biggest challenge for me was the adaptation period in the first year because the last time I did a rigorous study was 1988 when I finished my first degree. However, I enjoy studying and I hope to continue to develop myself through various Continuous Professional Development courses in my chosen career.
Social Work BA student
I have always been passionate about helping people and working with them. I did various volunteering and paid work experiences before joining Middlesex where I had various opportunities to work alongside social workers in communities and hospitals. I admired their compassion, non-judgmental work and critical thinking under pressure.
I chose Middlesex University for various reasons, from the way they organise the course to the way they reinvest so much back to the University itself. Social work gives me invaluable skills and knowledge as well as the great opportunity to practice my skills and knowledge on two practice placements. Moreover, the lecturers and staff are always there to offer support.
I really enjoyed the Law, Theories and Research modules. I also like the way the course is structured; having a lecture followed by an interactive seminar as we get an opportunity to critically discuss the topics and ask questions. The placements have helped me practice my skills and apply theory to practice. It also gave me with the opportunity to learn about different settings in which social work operates and I’m able to fill any gaps in my knowledge so I can continually develop.
I am enjoying the challenging nature of the course and am also enjoying the process of learning to become a professional who is knowledgeable, reliable and resilient.
Social Work BA student
After many years of working in finance, I decided to go into a different career path as I felt I never fitted into the job description of a banker but loved facing people and helping them. I started as a support worker with adults with care needs but then moved into focusing on social work.
The teaching and the experiences I gained during my placement have been the best things on this course. You are pushed to your best. I learn best in practice, but the theory, law, and models we studied helped me make sense of what evidence based practice really was. The placement helped me build on what I’d learnt throughout the year and I was able to put theory into practice. It really developed my confidence.
Social Work BA student
I chose to study social work as I wanted a rewarding career which can promote change. I am aware that social work is a big field and social workers are needed in society today. I feel the staff are very supportive, and I am sure that I can obtain help if needed. The library has a wide range of relevant books and offers free printing. I find the course exciting and I am learning a lot throughout the course so far, through various learning techniques such as group work/discussion, role plays and child observation.