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About the course

Are you looking to pursue a career in a rewarding profession? Southampton 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.

An important element of the course is the approval gained from industry regulator the Health and Care Professions Council. As a result, students are eligible to register as a qualified social worker once they have graduated. The qualification is also valid for practice in Europe, Canada, Australia and the USA, widening the career opportunities for graduates wishing to travel after their degree.

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.

Professional memberships Built in work experience placement

Southampton Solent University’s social work degree is ranked 15 out of 77 for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2016.

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.

Who is this course for?

This BA (Hons) Social Work programme prepares students for a wide range of social work and community care roles.

Ideal candidates should aspire to work with vulnerable members of the community. Applicants typically come from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry L501
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minsiter, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

 


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • DBS criminal records and health checks.
  • All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • The regulatory body (HCPC) requires that entrant are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry to training.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


90%

of students feel their communication skills have improved

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year One

Core units
  • Developing Critical and Applied Social Work 
  • Readiness for Direct Practice 
  • Sociology, Society and Social Work 1
  • Sociology, Society and Social Work 2
  • Introduction to Communication 
  • Human Growth and Development for Social Work 

Year Two

Core units
  • Interprofessional Working in Social Work, Social Care and Health 
  • Social Work Methods and Interventions
  • Developing Legal Perspectives
  • Developing Professional Capabilities in Practice 

Year Three

Core units
  • Extending Professional Capability in Practice 
  • Research and Social Work
  • Risk, Responsibility and Resolution

Options

  • Social Work with Adults, their Families and Carers 
  • Social Work with Children, Young People, their Families and Carers 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

97%

Assessment by coursework

3%

Practical exams

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The course team has long standing relationships with professionals working within the industry, helping to support students with opportunities to attend guest lectures, gain placements, and receive advice.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Professional social work
  • Therapeutic practice
  • Youth offending work
  • Health and education.

95%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

90%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

The course is designed, taught and assessed in partnership with social work practitioners, service users and carers, ensuring you’re up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. You’ll also be taught and assessed in practice placements by trained, experienced professionals.

Placements

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.

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Our next open day is Saturday 15 October 2016

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