BA (Hons) Sociology
An exciting subject – sociology challenges the world in which we live, including politics, media and social inequality. Get practical experience to work in education, PR, charity or government.
BA (Hons) Social Work
Solent University prepared me for my career in social work by teaching me about legislation, social work theories and methods, and interpersonal skills that would underpin my practice. The social work lecturers were always available to offer support and to impart their knowledge and experience to draw the best out of me.
As my Level 6 placement was coming to an end, I was asked by a senior practitioner from a different department if I would like to work for them on a three-month contract. After two weeks, I was called into the office and told that they were not going to renew my contract as the learning disabilities team had requested that I work with them, carrying out Care Act assessments – I happily accepted the position. After a month of working with them, a permanent post came up and I was asked to apply. I got the job and began working with them full-time before I even graduated.
A typical working day generally consists of responding to emails and making telephone calls to clients, other professionals, and service providers. All communication needs to be case-noted so that there is always a record of progress and outcomes. Sometimes it is required to visit a client to conduct an assessment of their care and support needs. Once this is done, the assessment needs to be typed up, followed by creating a support plan and a package of care to meet any identified needs.