Social Work, BA
Lancaster is 1st in the UK for Social Work in the Guardian University Guide 2019. You will be taught by the best academics in the field and our course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).? You will gain the skills and experience you need to be effective and successful in your chosen career.?
Social workers face complex and challenging situations and need to be committed to the principles of social justice. At Lancaster, you will learn with enthusiastic lecturers, practitioners, service users and carers. We emphasise research and cutting-edge knowledge to enable you to develop a critical but reflective approach to understanding social work in contemporary society.
Two practice placements form an important and integral part of this vocational degree. These are an excellent way of getting to know the role of a social worker and give you hands-on experience to back up your academic learning. This ensures that when you graduate you are prepared for work in the rapidly changing environments of social care.
The two first-year modules, Social Work Practice and Contemporary Social Problems, will give you an introduction to the nature, origins and values of social work and to the economic, organisational policy and social circumstances in which it is practised. You will set issues in the context of class, gender, race and ethnicity, and disability to start developing a critical understanding of social work.
Your first placement starts at the beginning of the September before your second year and runs through to mid-December. You then complete a series of modules that include Social Work with Children and Families, Social Work in Adult Social Care and The Research-minded Practitioner.
Your third-year modules include Mental Distress and Health and, uniquely to Lancaster, Social Work and Drug Use. In addition, all social work students write a dissertation. Your final practice placement runs from January to May of your third year.
Each year we accept a wide range of entry qualifications including BTECs, A levels, and Access to HE Diplomas. Applicants must also meet specific English requirements, and we accept a wide range of qualifications that meet these. We also want to ensure that you have some relevant understanding before studying with us, and so your personal statement must highlight either experience of voluntary or paid work in a social service or welfare setting, personal experience with such support, or engagement with a topic related to social work that you have either studied at school or college, or have researched online. There is further information below but please contact us if you have any questions.
- A Level BBB
- BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit
- Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 24 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 21 Level 3 credits at Merit
- International Baccalaureate 30 points overall with 15 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
We will accept other qualifications in English including O level grade C, CSE grade1, Functional Skills Level 2 Pass.
English language requirements (if English is not your native language)
- IELTS 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Contemporary Social Problems
- Social Work Practice 1
- Social Work and Young People
- Social Work in Adult Social Care
- Social Work Practice 2
- Social Work Practice Learning 1 (practice portfolio)
- Social Work with Children and Families
- The Research-minded Practitioner
- Mental distress and Health
- Social Work Practice 3
- Social Work Practice Learning 2 (practice portfolio)
- For UK students: £9,250 per year
- For International students: £19,930 per year
By graduating in social work you are eligible to register as a professional social worker in England, and many social work graduates go on to work as professional social workers in social services departments, the NHS, specialist agencies and the voluntary sector.
However, the skills, values and knowledge gained on this degree are highly valued in other careers that involve training, consultancy and research – and a large number of Lancaster graduates are now active in these areas or hold senior managerial posts.
The Social Work degree also provides a solid foundation for postgraduate study.
About this institute
Lancaster University is located in the northwest of England near the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. It was established in 1964 as a collegiate university with a reputation for innovation. Lancaster is one of the few UK universities to...
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