People study social work because they want to make a difference. They care for people in need and are determined to try to give a better life to those experiencing abuse, neglect, ill health, poverty or disability.
Educating social workers for over 50 years, Coventry was chosen by Government in 2012 as a regional partner in the Children’s Workforce Development 'Step-up to Social Work' project. All of our course tutors are qualified social workers with many years’ professional experience and many are research active. They have worked for local authorities, voluntary organisations and regulatory bodies both in the UK and abroad. Many tutors have held senior positions within these organisations either as managers or in advisory capacities, informing on legislation, governance and practice developments, ensuring you receive social work teaching that is informed by specialist and expert knowledge of both national and international social work practice.
We have exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction – 100% of students said that staff were enthusiastic about what they teach and gave them good advice in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
You’ll find a course team passionate about the profession and committed to preparing the next generation of social workers with the skills, knowledge and values required in today’s complex, multicultural world. Both our staff and students, who include school leavers and mature students returning to study, come from a range of diverse social, ethnic and religious backgrounds. This mirrors the cultural diversity of wider society, bringing richness to the learning experience.
We benefit from strong partnerships with local statutory agencies, including Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, as well many organisations in the voluntary and independent sectors. These well-established links enable us to provide high quality student placements and ensure we can actively involve service users and carers. For example, we involve service users and carers in teaching and also in our selection processes.
We’ll encourage you to understand the causes of social need and exclusion. For example, first year students undertake a group work activity which helps them to understand the impact of social environments on individuals and families. Students also pursue their own investigation and critical enquiry through a supervised dissertation project.
You’ll put theory into practice on placement in a range of social work and care settings, dealing with complex situations and learning alongside experienced practitioners. Placements in the past have included children and family placements in duty teams, long-term teams, family centres, fostering and adoption centres, child protection, adolescent mental health and children’s disability teams. Adult and community care placements have included Independent Living Teams, hospital teams, homelessness and addictions services, hospices, disability teams and mental health.