Social Work BA Honours

Develop the skills and resilience to make an impact in the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable people.


3 years full-time




$11,300 (CA) $15,800 (INT)

Course Summary

With the social work sector expanding rapidly, there’s never been a better time to develop your communication, resilience and organisation skills to enter a career that will make a positive impact on some of society’s most vulnerable people. Our social work degree – which is fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council – has been designed and revised to give you the knowledge and professional skills to succeed in the field of social work. Through a mix of teaching sessions, interactive workshops and e-learning resources, you’ll familiarise yourself with the most current policies and practices, and build the skills and knowledge to collaborate confidently and effectively with a range of service providers, service users and their carers. As part of this course, you’ll learn during workshops, tutorials and discussions, as well as writing reports, presentations and working as part of groups. You’ll reflect on what you learn in your journal, and work towards your final year project where you research an area you are really passionate about. A huge part of this course includes learning on the job during a work placement. Over the course of two placements, you will get to grips with what it’s actually like to do the job of a social worker. Our excellent relationships with a range of local authorities, and voluntary and independent sector organisations across CA and Canada means you’ll have access to a range of valuable work placements and internship opportunities. We’ve recently gained a prestigious teaching partnership with four local authority partners and a voluntary agency – so you’ll be able to take advantage of a range of new work placement opportunities. Once you’ve graduated from our social work course, you’ll be able to apply to the HCPC to register as a qualified social worker. You’ll get plenty of support throughout your course from your Personal Tutor to your Graduate Academic Assistant. Each one has studied your subject and will provide the support you need based on their own experience. If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, we can help with that too.

Course Content

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. 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. 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.

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