Ready for BA (Hons)

Social Work

3 years
2022
UCAS Code:
L501
Institution code: S30
UCAS Points:
104 - 120
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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Are you looking to pursue a career in a rewarding profession? Solent’s social work degree will help you develop a thorough grounding in social work theory, as well as the skills, values and first-hand experience key to making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

The first two years of this degree concentrate on learning the basis of social work theory as well as looking at subjects such as law and sociology. For their final year, students can choose to specialise in adults or children and families to help focus their career path upon graduation.

You’ll complete two significant periods of work experience in either local authorities or voluntary, private and independent organisations in the region. We have partnership arrangements for practice learning placements with four local authorities (Southampton City, Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight), as well as many other social care organisations.

The course team’s strong links with local employers, service users and carers within the industry have allowed previous students the opportunity to practice the theory they’ve learnt in work placements, enabling them to build their skills and confidence as a social worker and develop their professional network.

These established links with the industry have also allowed past students to attend regular guest lectures where they have benefitted from talks delivered by social work professionals giving valuable insight into the industry and the career opportunities available.

Solent University is ranked at 16 out of all institutions in the country for social work (Guardian University Guide 2022).

  • 16th

    in the UK (Guardian university league tables 2021/22)

Why choose this course?

We have partnership arrangements for practice learning placements with local authorities (Southampton, Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight), as well as many other social care organisations.

The course is designed in partnership with social work practitioners, service users and carers, ensuring you’re up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.

Social workers have opportunities to work with other professionals such as the police and doctors, to plan support and offer services to those in need of care and support.

Ranked 16 out of all institutions in the country for social work (Guardian University Guide 2022).

Who is this course for?

This BA (Hons) Social Work programme prepares students for a wide range of social work and community care roles. You’ll need a non-judgemental attitude, an appreciation of diversity, self-awareness, flexibility and openness to new ideas. In addition, you’ll be able to demonstrate relevant skills such as empathy, active listening, negotiating and advocacy. Ideal candidates should aspire to work with vulnerable members of the community. Applicants typically come from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

What does this course lead to?

Social workers have opportunities to work with other professionals such as the police and doctors, to plan support and offer services to those in need of care and support.

If a social worker is successful in enabling change, it can mean that a child or vulnerable adult may achieve a new lease of life and positive possibilities for the future.

Meet the team

On this course you will usually be taught by a team of qualified and registered social workers, with knowledge and expertise relevant to the content of the module. This includes academic staff and qualified professional practitioners, whose specialisms include children and families, relationships, reflective practice and supervision, diversity and ethnicity, as well as law and social work methods. You will also benefit from 'Skills Days' which includes regular guest sessions with experts in the sector. The course team ensure they are up to date with the latest research and theory and are committed to preparing students to have the knowledge and skills to be confident post degree, and to enable them to act effectively and professionally.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.


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