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2023/24 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Social Work (with registration)

Programme code:BA-SOCWK-18UCAS code:L500
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Adam Boyes Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- 3 A levels at ABB or equivalent - for example BTECH National Diploma; distinction, distinction, distinction; - Access to Higher Education course; Distinction at 45 credits;
- An IELTS score of 7 or above for international applicants
- Five GCSEs including English and Maths at Grade C or above; Self declaration of basic IT skills
- Applicants must have two satisfactory references.
- A satisfactory enhanced DBS check, (which must be renewed each year).
- A satisfactory health check by the University’s Occupational Health unit.
- All candidates are interviewed.

Accreditation of Prior Learning
The university has an APEL process that the social work programme follows in the event of claims for prior learning with regards to specific modules.

The social work programme will not APEL practice. However it will be possible to APEL the 'shadowing practice' element of 'Suitability to Practise'.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Healthcare

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School Progress and Awards Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:

Social Work England

Programme specification:

The programme will demonstrate:
1. A commitment to anti oppressive values and the SWE guidance on conduct and ethics for students are viewed as the foundation for safe and purposeful social work practice. Students will
be challenged within a supported learner environment to understand oppression at the personal, cultural, organisational and structural levels, through both academic and experiential processes. Thus students’ understanding of their own values in relation to their personal history and professional practice will be explored. In line with this the programme will support staff, students, service users and carers who recognise and challenge oppression and discrimination. Students will be expected to critically reflect on themselves and others in relation to the experience of oppression. Students will be expected to develop effective anti-oppressive approaches to the provision of social work in a variety of practice placements and in the academic work on the programme.
2. A commitment to promoting service user and carer involvement in social work and in the design, delivery and assessment of the programme. The Social work team have developed strong links with a number of service users and carers who participate in all aspects of the course. There is a service user and carer group that meets regularly and produces annual reports of their activity.
The group make suggestions for development of the course.
3. A commitment to excellence in academic standards and research mindedness. On the social work training programme, theory and practice are reflectively integrated, so that one informs and develops the other and this is progressively developed through the course. Practice and theory have equal value on the programme. Students will be equipped with a rigorous knowledge base informed by best practice and be able to critically evaluate the evidence base of professional social work practice. Students will be joining a research intensive university with a worldwide reputation.
4. As a research intensive university the course will benefit from the research environment informing the teaching and learning on the programme. Students will be encouraged to leave the programme with a research / evidence based practice outlook and a commitment to continue to be critically reflective of and involved in the research and evaluation agenda within social work practice.
5. An established Social Work Partnership will provide students with two statutory placements enhancing their employability. Students will have the opportunity to work with different social work models and approaches in two thriving Local Authorities. Local Authority staff and practitioners to be actively involved with the programme facilitating student understanding and development of theory informed practice.
6. A commitment to promoting a learning environment based on a critically reflective partnership between staff, practitioners and students. Through this students are encouraged to become empowered learners taking responsibility for their own learning and development and encouraged to become critically reflective social work practitioners. This reflects Leeds University’s commitment to a staff student partnership in learning:
7. Staff student ratios that are favourable to a commitment to excellent pastoral support of students. Students will be supported through an intensive level of personal tutor support that takes them through the programme helping them to negotiate both academic work and practice placement. This will provide an environment within which students can grow and develop and where potential shortfalls in learning, both before, and during the course, can be identified and appropriately supported.
8. Students will be supported by the University of Leeds excellent student facilities including library and IT access as well as a very successful Student Union offering wide ranging op portunities in volunteering, sports and cultural activities.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS1117Professional Practice 130 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HECS1118Sociology and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS1119Social Work Theory and Practice Across the Life Course30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HECS1120Social Work Law20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits of Discovery modules:

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS2213Professional Practice 240 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HECS2214Research for Social Work Practice20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS2215Social Work with Adults (including Mental Health)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HECS2216Social Work with Children and Families20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HECS2217Decision Making in Social Work20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS3282Professional Practice 340 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HECS3283Dissertation40 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS3284Working with Adults, Children & Families in Practice30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HECS3285Social Work and Technology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Last updated: 06/11/2023 10:16:03


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