Overview

Do you have the drive and commitment to better the lives of others while developing new and interesting ways to deliver social services?

This BSc (Hons) Social Work degree course allows you to turn your compassion into a sought after professional skill set that will make a positive difference to people's lives. You'll develop the skills and the knowledge you need and apply this to practical scenarios in simulated facilities and on work placements.

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so when you complete this course, you'll be eligible to apply to become a registered Social Worker. 

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Develop knowledge and skills to make a positive difference to people who need it most
  • Be taught by experts at the forefront of research who are fully informed on developments within social work
  • Practise profession-specific skills in a safe and supportive environment in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care
  • Develop your communication, engagement, theoretical and analytical skills and learn to apply these using professional judgement and expertise
  • Apply your skills and knowledge in scenarios you'll encounter in your career, such as giving evidence in a simulated court environment
  • Put your learning into action during your work placement and have the opportunity to complete an additional summer social work placement
  • Shadow and get mentoring from experienced practitioners while undertaking practice placements
  • Interact with and immerse yourself in the lived experiences of the University of Portsmouth Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG)

Work experience and career planning

You'll do at least 2 work placements on this course giving you more than 170 days of practical experience. In your second year, you can do a work placement overseas.

You can do placements in various areas of social care, including:

  • care for children and families
  • residential care for people with disabilities
  • community mental health teams
  • hospital social work departments
  • youth offending teams
  • advocacy agencies
  • drug and alcohol treatment centres
  • homelessness projects

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find other further relevant work experience while you study. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Law and Social Policy in Practice
  • Readiness for Practice
  • Theory and Knowledge in Social Work

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Social Work Professional Practice
  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Inclusion, Innovation and Empowerment
  • Social Work with Adults
  • Social Work with Children and Families

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Enhancing Social Work Professional Practice
  • Professionalism and Professional Development
  • Project
  • Safeguarding and Promoting Wellbeing

There are no optional modules in this year.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical workshops
  • simulation (in a simulated court room, for example)
  • report writing

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • tests (academic or practical/skills based)
  • compilation of filmed and recorded artefacts
  • online assessment
  • academic written work/portfolios
  • presentations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 25% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by practical exams and 83% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you successfully complete the course, you'll be eligible to apply to be a registered Social Worker and be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to use.

You can work in areas such as:

  • social services
  • rehab centres
  • criminal justice
  • voluntary organisations
  • advocacy agencies
  • housing advice

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Social Worker
  • care manager
  • persistent offender coordinator
  • family support worker
  • housing adviser

You could also do postgraduate study.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, one of which must be in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology). Access courses in Health and Social Care are also acceptable.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.

All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

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