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Social Work BA (Hons)

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Overview

Building relationships

Social work is a broad-ranging career, providing support to a host of individuals, families and groups, from the homeless, to people with learning and physical disabilities. You’d be working in hospitals, care homes or at people's homes, assessing their circumstances and building relationships. If it appeals to you, and you like spending time with people, this course is an ideal starting point.

We guarantee all undergraduate Home/EU students a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

Why Social Work at LSBU?

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
We’re the no.1 London modern university for research intensity in Social Work (Complete University Guide 2019).
We’re the no.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018) - which means happy students.
We’re industry relevant - and aim to produce reflective social work practitioners who are ready to practice in the rapidly changing and developing world of social work.
Our staff are industry experts with real-world social work experience - we’re rated as No.1 University in London for Learning Resources (National Students Survey 2016).
Work experience: You will complete two placements, at suitable settings from a variety of social work sectors.
Strong alumni network: Become part of an 80,000-strong LSBU alumni network.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Thomas Petit, BA (Hons) Social Work

    Thomas Petit had grown dissatisfied of his previous occupation, so after a period of self-reflection, he identified social work as the career he wanted to pursue.

  • Dan Morton, BA (Hons) Social Work, mature student

    As a mature student, Dan made sure he made the most of his time at LSBU, getting involved in the People and Planet Society, and as a student representative on the Sustainable Development Group.

Modules

Our Social Work programme is inter-professional, collaborative and participatory. We aim to produce reflective social work practitioners who are ready to practice in the rapidly changing and developing world of social work. The course covers communication skills, human growth and development, sociology, ethics, welfare, policy and law, advocacy and partnership, professional practice.

Year 1

  • Communication skills for social work
    This module explores the professional values, knowledge and basic skills needed to be able to communicate clearly and accurately with others. The theory and practice of verbal, non-verbal and written methods of communication will be considered in a range of practice situations with people of different ages, comprehension and culture. The module introduces you to the issues associated with alternative forms of communication enabling you to engage with a variety of service users including children, young people, adults and older people as well as communicating with service users with impairment issues and those from diverse backgrounds including working with interpreters. 
  • Readiness for direct practice
    This module develops practice skills and awareness of the social work role and responsibilities. It will ensure you are ready for the initial period of direct practice and provide you with a foundation for skills development throughout the programme.  Service users, carers and practitioners will be involved in the development, delivery and assessments of the module. 
  • Human growth and development
    This module explores a range of human growth and development theories across the lifespan. It facilitates understanding of ordinary development and the impact of life events, disability, abuse, mental health problems, and drug/alcohol misuse on development throughout life. You will be assessed on your knowledge of psychological and sociological theories across the life course from infancy to later life. This will include key concepts, e.g. critical periods, transition; change and continuity; strengths, resources and resilience; adversity, vulnerability, risk and accumulation of risk (College of Social Work curriculum guide, 2012). 
  • Sociology for social work
    This module seeks to introduce themes and perspectives which constitute sociological thinking. You will be offered the opportunity of linking these themes to aspects of social work practice. This module examines the purpose of social work in society its role and function it also considers the nature of social problems that social workers may encounter. 
  • Value and ethics in social work
    Focusing on the most complex and contested areas of social work practice, the module introduces and addresses conflicting values by providing you with distinct ethical frameworks to consider these in the context of modern social work practice. 
  • Social problems and social policy
    This module is an introduction to key issues facing society. It builds on the sociology module from semester one and explores how social problems are defined within society and how societies respond to those problems. 
  • Social work theories
    This first year module introduces key theoretical approaches used in social work to inform practice. A blended learning approach will allow you to develop skills in IT and information literacy. 

Year 2

  • Social work methods
    The module explores the different models used by social workers to intervene and problem solve. This module integrates the core social work values and the professional codes of ethics. The module offers the opportunity for you to reflect on the social work role and tasks and skills required in practice. 
  • Welfare, policy and the law in social work practice
    This module introduces welfare, policy and legal contexts and interfaces within which social workers work; giving an understanding of welfare benefits, and the statutory duties and powers social workers have in England.  You will critique social policy and its impact upon service users and social work practice, comparing with Europe, USA and beyond; as well as gaining knowledge of local policy, practice and resources.  You will develop a sound understanding of key legislation, guidance, regulation and case law relevant to practice, applying this to specific areas of practice within a value based human rights framework. 
  • Advocacy, partnership and participation
    This module examines the core values of partnership working within the context of social work practice, focussing on the role of advocacy and self-advocacy, emphasising the importance of service user participation within these processes. The module explores partnership working in the context of advocacy and service user involvement within a variety of social work practice settings; aiming to help you understand this in relation to your social work practice. This includes gaining an understanding of the full range of those aspects of the social work role traditionally described as advocacy, gaining practical advocacy and negotiation skills. Key to this module is service user involvement throughout; which will include you being taught and working alongside service users. 
  • Practice learning opportunity 1 
    70 days practice learning in practice placement. 

Year 3

  • Social work research project
    This module will develop an understanding and appreciation of research and its relationship to social work. The module consists of an independent student-managed proposal designed to develop the capacity for autonomous learning and an opportunity to develop research skills. The self-directed learning is complemented by a series of research lectures and seminars designed to familiarise you with some of the principles of research in practice settings. You will be encouraged to develop a wide range of research proposals and to make use of a range of research methods.  You will develop an understanding of research methodology and be able to evaluate research and disseminate findings.
  • Contemporary issues in social work
    This module builds on earlier teaching through exploring complex and often competing issues encountered in a variety of social work settings. It offers a choice of subject areas from which two options can be chosen, including safeguarding adults, safeguarding children, substance misuse, mental health, domestic violence, learning disability. The module aims to utilise the knowledge and experience of both service users and those in practice to offer a holistic approach to assessment, intervention, problem solving and recording.  In small groups, you will be required to bring your placement experience into the sessions to develop reflection and depth of understanding. The module is essentially a content free module and aims to be responsive to the needs of students who are required to bring cases, dilemmas or incidents from practice into the classroom to develop reflection and a depth of understanding. It aims to utilise the knowledge and experience of those still in practice and service users to offer a holistic approach to assessment, intervention, and problem solving. 
  • Professional practice
    Looking at the practice issues common across all settings. The module is centred around problem solving events where you are invited to draw on your knowledge and research to tackle complex scenarios.
  • Practice learning opportunity 2
    100 days practice learning in practice placement.

Employability

Social Work LSBU - phase 1b

If you’re interested in social work as a career, you would normally specialise in a certain group of society, such as children. Much of the work is around helping decide the level of support or protection required, responding to requests for help and working with other agencies and professionals for the best outcomes. Most opportunities are with local authorities. However, there are also opportunities available at private care homes, charities and NHS Trusts.

Students who have graduated from this course recently have gone on to work in a variety of settings, including local authority children and adult services departments, as well as in the voluntary sector.

You’ll need a patient, non-judgemental mind-set, and be able to communicate effectively with a host of different people and gain their trust. The work demands a level of resilience and a genuine desire to help people, as some cases may be disturbing, and some people won't want your help. As a graduate from this course you’ll also be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. You can find out more about our professional development portfolio through our online CPPD prospectus.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Michelle Evans

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: MA Recruitment Lead; Senior Lecturer - Social Work

Michelle’s special interests are in sensory awareness (deafness, deafblindness including Usher syndrome, and visual impairment) and phenomenological qualitative research.


Claire Felix-Baptiste

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Claire specialises in teaching social work theory. Her interests lie in black and minority ethnic (BME) mental health and academic success and social work education. Claire has over 25 years’ worth of work experience of community social work focusing on the progression of black and minority communities in the UK.


Darlene Lamont

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Darlene Lamont is a Senior Lecturer for Continuous Professional Development and Practice Education in the department of Primary and Social Care. She has a particular interest in negotiating and promoting good quality placements for social work students of all levels.


Dr Andrew Whittaker

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: Associate Professor

Andrew Whittaker is an Associate Professor in Social Work (half time) and Health and Social Care Research (half time).


Jill Yates

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Social Sciences
Job title: Course Director - Practice Learning Social Work

Jill Yates specialises in practice learning and practice education with interests in service user involvement in teaching and learning and its application to developing innovative practice placements.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

We have a practice-based learning approach that’s complemented by teaching and learning at the University. The teaching includes lectures, seminars and e-learning, debates, group work, group discussion, research projects, problem-based learning, reports and presentations, videos and computer simulations and workshops.

The programme features a range of assessment methods, including essays, presentations, case studies and exams. As part of the course you’ll also undertake: a five-hour child observation at the start of the course, and two placements in Years 2 and 3.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 28% 72% 0%
Year 2 18% 52% 30%
Year 3 8% 54% 38%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE Diploma in Nursing or similar with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

All offers are conditional and subject to satisfactory completion of a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and references. You will be expected to have gained some direct experience of working in social care, either in a paid capacity or as a volunteer.

We welcome qualifications from around the world. Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

Foundation Year

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
L500
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Personal Statements

Remember the personal statement on your application is extremely important. This is essentially a selling tool on why you are right for the course. The personal statement is taken into consideration when shortlisting applicants for interview. Download our personal statements guidance (PDF File 80 KB) to help you write your personal statement.

Interviews

If you have been successful in your application, you will be invited to an interview where we will discuss your ambitions to work in social care.

Before you attend your interview you will need to download and complete a Declaration of Character and Conduct Form (PDF File 166 KB) and return it to lsbuadmissions@lsbu.ac.uk.

There is no parking available at the University, please use public transport to make your journey to the campus.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4355Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Social Work Bursary Scheme

If you are applying to a Social Work course you may be eligible to receive a non-income assessed basic bursary awarded by the NHS Business Services Authority .This is dependent on where you study and whether you study full-time or part-time. The amount of the basic bursary for undergraduate students is dependent on whether you are subject to variable tuition fees. 

In April 2013 the Department of Health announced new arrangements for the Social Work Bursary Scheme.

In summary the new arrangements are:

  • There will be a cap of numbers of bursaries at undergraduate level, which means there is no guarantee of a bursary for those applying for a Social Work course at university  
  • The undergraduate bursary will be retained in years two and three. This means no new undergraduates in 2013 will receive a bursary in their first year of study. The bursary in years two and three will include the basic bursary and indicative travel expenses for placements. LSBU will make decisions on who is awarded the bursaries at the end of year one
  • Undergraduate students can apply for tuition fee loans and maintenance loans from Student Finance England (subject to eligibility criteria) to help cover the costs of the course during their studies
  • Practice placements travel expenses will continue to be paid to those who do not  receive a bursary but would have under the previous scheme

For further information on the Social Work Bursary Scheme and Bursary changes to Social Work courses please refer to the NHS Business Services Authority website.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Thomas Petit, BA (Hons) Social Work

    Thomas Petit had grown dissatisfied of his previous occupation, so after a period of self-reflection, he identified social work as the career he wanted to pursue.

  • Dan Morton, BA (Hons) Social Work, mature student

    As a mature student, Dan made sure he made the most of his time at LSBU, getting involved in the People and Planet Society, and as a student representative on the Sustainable Development Group.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for University even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) criminal record disclosure

You are required to complete a Declaration of suitability for Social Work form at your interview and if successful at interview you will be asked to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) criminal record declaration (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB) and declare any previous convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands. 

To check the categories as identified by the DBS as being filtered and will therefore not be included in any criminal record certificate issued by the DBS look at the filtering rules for the criminal record check (PDF File 82 KB) certificates. 

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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