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Social Work BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

L500

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

There aren’t many careers or degree courses that make you feel like you’re giving back to society in the way Social Work can.

Social Work is much more than ‘helping people’. At its best it saves lives, protects vulnerable people from harm and enhances the life chances of those in social need. This course engages the head, the heart and the hands because theoretical knowledge, practical experience and human compassion are all essential requisites of an effective social worker. 

Ranked in the UK’s top 20 universities for Social Work in the Guardian University Guide 2018, Coventry has been educating social workers for over 50 years. Professionally accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), on completion, you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC to register as a social worker.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

This programme is subject to rules and requirements of the professional body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and prepares students for critical and reflective professional practice according to the HCPC’s approval standards of education and the Professional Capabilities Framework, currently held by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). On successful completion, you will be eligible to register with the HCPC to practice as a professional Social Worker. We also encourage you as students to become members of the British Association of Social Work. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.

Course information

This course is designed to develop your professional skills and knowledge so that you may achieve a recognised HCPC professional social work qualification. The curriculum centres on The College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities of Social Work framework of: professionalism; values and ethics; diversity; rights, justice and economic wellbeing; knowledge; critical reflection and analysis; intervention and skills; and contexts and organisations.

You will study a range of academic topics ranging from Child Care and Adult Law, Safeguarding Vulnerable People, Social Work Theory and Methods, Human Growth and Development and Readiness to Practice Skills. These are not ‘dry’ topics, but are all designed to help you better understand people’s needs and life journeys and to equip you with the underpinning knowledge for practice. 

The course is grounded in practice so that you experience first-hand the contemporary challenges and rapidly changing patterns of social work provision. You will undertake two separate and assessed practice placements, one of 70 days and one of 100. Supervised and supported by a qualified social worker and team members, you will begin to apply theory to practice, undertake direct work with service users and evidence the capabilities required by completion of the degree. Placements potentially cover the whole life cycle from children to elders and a range of service user groups.

12th

ranked UK university

Guardian Guide 2018

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Introduction to Social Work

  • Philosophy and Ethics for Social Work

  • Social Work Theory and Methods

  • Law and Social Work Practice: Children and Families

  • Law and Social Work Practice: Adults

  • Communication Skills for Social Work

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing

  • Readiness to Practice Social Work

Overview

Modules

  • Social Work Practice 1 (70 days)

  • Applied Psychology: Human Growth and Development

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable People

  • Sociological Theory in Practice

  • Social Research Methods

Overview

Modules

  • Social Work Practice 2 (100 days)

  • Social and Critical Pedagogy: International Perspectives

  • Organisational Context of Social Work

  • Independent Research Project

£27k

Average salary six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

In more detail...

  • 96% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Engagement with current social work practitioners, service users and carers and related disciplines through focused ‘Skills Days’ teaching.
  • Opportunities to attend events with guest speakers from the UK and a range of other countries to set the context of social work internationally.
  • Excellent community links with service users and carers in organisations/agencies like local mental health trusts and centres, which are integrated into many aspects of the course.
  • Strong track record of employability, 85% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15), many of whom go on to work as social workers in the West Midlands.
  • Taught by staff with research expertise in areas including: social work ethics, health and gender inequalities, personalisation, prevention of hate crimes, children’s rights, social work career frameworks, social work and globalisation, educational attainment and service user engagement.

Strong reputation within the field and Social Work Partnership with the local authorities of Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

Our main study themes are:

  • Legal framework: Understand the legal, organisational and policy frameworks within which social work is undertaken and the current developments in the field

  • Social inequalities and social policy: Understand how social exclusion and inequality play out through social policy and social work practices and how social workers understand their professional role in advancing human rights, responsibilities and social justice

  • Social work practice with children and adults: Become knowledgeable of key practice considerations in effective work with children, young people, older people and families with reference to the legal and policy context

  • Psychology of human growth, values and ethics: Understand human development across the lifespan taking account of the individual within their social environment

  • Transformative social work: Develop as a social worker driven by ideals of social justice and anti-oppression and seek to contribute to creating a more inclusive society by promoting greater understanding, dismantling privilege, and diminishing power discrepancies

  • Critical reflection and Research: Become knowledgeable about, and apply the principles of critical thinking and reasoned discernment culminating in the final year dissertation

  • Professional Skill Development: Achieved through Skills Days and Professional Development Group Tutorial Sessions in the first year and through assessed practice placements in Years Two and Three

This course is studied full-time over three years. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

In addition, you will undertake practical skills development. This includes enhancing your effective communication skills with service users and other professionals so as to communicate clearly and effectively in a professional helping context. Skills include: listening, probing, clarifying, reflecting, engaging and communicating cross culturally taking account of the structural factors that influence the interview process.

As part of the placement teaching, students attend a variety of organisations and public institutions including law courts, police stations, hospitals, day centres, safeguarding agencies, schools, residential units and other public body places.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, workshops, seminars, group work, student presentations, skills workshops, guest speakers, one-to-ones and professional development group tutorials.

Assessment tasks for each module have been carefully designed to be both fair and fit for purpose – enabling you to meet the learning outcomes by further integrating theory and practice and developing yourself as a critical, independent thinker.

There will be at least one assessment task for each module. This may take the form of an essay, case study, exam, poster presentation, critical reflection on practice, an investigative report, presentation by individual or group of students, or a reflective analysis of practice. Assignment tasks will require you to demonstrate your growing understanding and knowledge through a critical and analytical application of theory to practice. There will be opportunities for the incorporation of both life and practice-based experiences in this process.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follow:

  • Formal examinations 25%
  • Coursework, tests, essays 50%
  • Other e.g. placements etc. 25%.

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 300 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

25% assessed by formal examinations

On successful  completion, you will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and values necessary to commence your career as a qualified social worker and to register with the appropriate regulatory body.
  • Understand and critically engage with social work ethical principles and values in the context of the maintenance and development of professional practice (values and ethics).
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of culture, equality and diversity in practice applying anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles on those who use social work services and their communities (diversity).
  • Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic wellbeing (Rights, justice and economic wellbeing).
  • Practise within the legal and ethical boundaries of social work by applying a critical understanding of research, theory and knowledge from sociology, social policy, psychology (knowledge).
  • Develop logical, systematic, critical and reflective reasoning to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making (critical reflection and analysis).
  • Communicate effectively to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse and to develop the professional writing and recording skills (intervention and skills).
  • Engage with, inform, and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within your own organisational frameworks and contribute to the development of services and organisations. Operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional settings (contexts and organisations).

In a typical teaching week you will have up to 16 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial (or, later, individual project supervision) every 2 weeks
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical, programming class, workshops or seminars every week including preparation for practice
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours of lectures each week.
  • Placement teaching: 35 hours per week during part of Year Two and Year Three.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 10-15 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. revising in your own time.

We have developed a range of associations with institutions across the globe including: The University of Montreal and Dalhousie University in Canada, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Laurea and Metropolia Universities in Finland, Kocaeli University in Turkey, Calabria University in Italy, St. Petersburg University in Russia, Loyola College in India, and the Belarusian State Pedagogical University. 

In Year Three, there is usually a ‘live’ lecture link between Coventry University social work students and those at an internaional university. An additional example is three former students also recently undertook a study tour to Japan in conjunction with another programme within the School.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,927 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.

Career prospects

Successful completion of your course of study with us leads to your eligibility to seek registration with the HCPC in England with the protected title of ‘Social Worker’.

Career prospects in social work continue to be good and, as a graduate, you can seek employment locally, regionally and nationally in local authorities, voluntary agencies, housing associations, education, charities and private and voluntary organisations. Fields of practice are broad and include children and families, youth offending, mental health, learning disabilities and older adults.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

96%

satisfaction for the quality of this course.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gained employment with organisations such as Age Concern, Coventry Aquarius, Alcohol Action, Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council, Coventry NSPCC, Birmingham Sweet Project, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham City Council, and Sunbeam Fostering Agency Ltd. Coventry.

What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.