Social Work BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

L500

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 5959

admissions.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

There aren’t many careers or degree courses that make you feel like you’re giving back to society in the way Social Work can.

Social Work is much more than ‘helping people’. At its best it saves lives, protects vulnerable people from harm and enhances the life chances of those in social need. This course engages the head, the heart and the hands because theoretical knowledge, practical experience and human compassion are all essential requisites of an effective social worker. 

Coventry has been educating social workers for over 50 years. Professionally accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), on completion, you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC to register as a social worker.

95% overall satisfaction - National Student Survey 2018.

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Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

This programme is subject to rules and requirements of the professional body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and prepares students for critical and reflective professional practice according to the HCPC’s approval standards of education and the Professional Capabilities Framework, currently held by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). On successful completion, you will be eligible to register with the HCPC to practice as a professional Social Worker. We also encourage you as students to become members of the British Association of Social Work. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

Our Facilities

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

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Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

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SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.

Course information

This course is designed to develop your professional skills and knowledge so that you may achieve a recognised HCPC professional social work qualification. The curriculum centres on the Professional Capabilities of Social Work framework currently held by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) of: professionalism; values and ethics; diversity; rights, justice and economic wellbeing; knowledge; critical reflection and analysis; intervention and skills; and contexts and organisations.

You will study a range of academic topics ranging from Child Care and Adult Law, Safeguarding Vulnerable People, Social Work Theory and Methods, Human Growth and Development and Readiness to Practice Skills. These are not ‘dry’ topics, but are all designed to help you better understand people’s needs and life journeys and to equip you with the underpinning knowledge for practice. 

The course is grounded in practice so that you experience first-hand the contemporary challenges and rapidly changing patterns of social work provision. You will undertake two separate and assessed practice placements, one of 70 days and one of 100. Supervised and supported by a qualified social worker and team members, you will begin to apply theory to practice, undertake direct work with service users and evidence the capabilities required by completion of the degree. Placements potentially cover the whole life cycle from children to elders and a range of service user groups.

15th

ranked UK university

Guardian University Guide 2020

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Introduction to Social Work

  • Philosophy and Ethics for Social Work

  • Social Work Theory and Methods

  • Law and Social Work Practice: Children and Families

  • Law and Social Work Practice: Adults

  • Communication Skills for Social Work

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing

  • Readiness to Practice Social Work

Overview

Modules

  • Social Work Practice 1 (70 days)

  • Applied Psychology: Human Growth and Development

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable People

  • Sociological Theory in Practice

  • Social Research Methods

Overview

Modules

  • Social Work Practice 2 (100 days)

  • Social and Critical Pedagogy: International Perspectives

  • Organisational Context of Social Work

  • Independent Research Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

97%

of Coventry University graduates are employed or in further study. - Undergraduate UK DLHE survey 2016-17

In more detail...

  • 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS, 2018)
  • Engagement with current social work practitioners, service users and carers and related disciplines through focused ‘Skills Days’ teaching.
  • Opportunities to attend events with guest speakers from the UK and a range of other countries to set the context of social work internationally.
  • Excellent community links with service users and carers in organisations/agencies like local mental health trusts and centres, which are integrated into many aspects of the course.
  • Strong track record of employability, 95% of our graduates were in work or further study after six months, DLHE, 2018.
  • Taught by staff with research expertise in areas including: social work ethics, health and gender inequalities, personalisation, prevention of hate crimes, children’s rights, social work career frameworks, social work and globalisation, educational attainment and service user engagement.

Strong reputation within the field and Social Work Partnership with the local authorities of Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

Our main study themes are:

  • Legal framework: Understand the legal, organisational and policy frameworks within which social work is undertaken and the current developments in the field

  • Social inequalities and social policy: Understand how social exclusion and inequality play out through social policy and social work practices and how social workers understand their professional role in advancing human rights, responsibilities and social justice

  • Social work practice with children and adults: Become knowledgeable of key practice considerations in effective work with children, young people, older people and families with reference to the legal and policy context

  • Psychology of human growth, values and ethics: Understand human development across the lifespan taking account of the individual within their social environment

  • Transformative social work: Develop as a social worker driven by ideals of social justice and anti-oppression and seek to contribute to creating a more inclusive society by promoting greater understanding, dismantling privilege, and diminishing power discrepancies

  • Critical reflection and Research: Become knowledgeable about, and apply the principles of critical thinking and reasoned discernment culminating in the final year dissertation

  • Professional Skill Development: Achieved through Skills Days and Professional Development Group Tutorial Sessions in the first year and through assessed practice placements in Years Two and Three

This course is studied full-time over three years. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

In addition, you will undertake practical skills development. This includes enhancing your effective communication skills with service users and other professionals so as to communicate clearly and effectively in a professional helping context. Skills include: listening, probing, clarifying, reflecting, engaging and communicating cross culturally taking account of the structural factors that influence the interview process.

As part of the placement teaching, students attend a variety of organisations and public institutions including law courts, police stations, hospitals, day centres, safeguarding agencies, schools, residential units and other public body places.

Teaching methods include:<br> lectures, workshops, seminars, group work, student presentations, skills workshops, guest speakers, one-to-ones and professional development group tutorials.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays, formal examinations and other e.g. placements etc.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful  completion, you will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and values necessary to commence your career as a qualified social worker and to register with the appropriate regulatory body.
  • Understand and critically engage with social work ethical principles and values in the context of the maintenance and development of professional practice (values and ethics).
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of culture, equality and diversity in practice applying anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles on those who use social work services and their communities (diversity).
  • Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic wellbeing (Rights, justice and economic wellbeing).
  • Practise within the legal and ethical boundaries of social work by applying a critical understanding of research, theory and knowledge from sociology, social policy, psychology (knowledge).
  • Develop logical, systematic, critical and reflective reasoning to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making (critical reflection and analysis).
  • Communicate effectively to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse and to develop the professional writing and recording skills (intervention and skills).
  • Engage with, inform, and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within your own organisational frameworks and contribute to the development of services and organisations. Operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional settings (contexts and organisations).

In a typical teaching week you will have up to 12-16 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial (or, later, individual project supervision) every 2 weeks
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical, programming class, workshops or seminars every week including preparation for practice
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours of lectures each week.
  • Placement teaching: 35 hours per week during part of Year Two and Year Three.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 10-18 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. revising in your own time.

We have developed a range of associations with institutions across the globe including: The University of Montreal and Dalhousie University in Canada, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Laurea and Metropolia Universities in Finland, Kocaeli University in Turkey, Calabria University in Italy, St. Petersburg University in Russia, Loyola College in India, and the Belarusian State Pedagogical University. 

In Year Three, there is usually a ‘live’ lecture link between Coventry University social work students and those at an international university. An additional example is three former students also recently undertook a study tour to Japan in conjunction with another programme within the School.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU117
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM in a Health subject 30 points with 14 at Higher Level Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents

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Additional Information: Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of social work and learning from work and or life experience. Applicants will be required to attend an interview. All offers are subject to satisfactory health clearance, disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction checks and a successful interview.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

An overall pass in the Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with 45 Level 3 credits, 30 at Distinction in Health/Social Science Modules.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Please note: International applicants will be required to attend an interview with Coventry University in the UK.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from Coventry University. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community. Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is also the opportunity to apply to one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

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What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£13,250 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.

Career prospects

Successful completion of your course of study with us leads to your eligibility to seek registration with the HCPC in England with the protected title of ‘Social Worker’.

Career prospects in social work continue to be good and, as a graduate, you can seek employment locally, regionally and nationally in local authorities, voluntary agencies, housing associations, education, charities and private and voluntary organisations. Fields of practice are broad and include children and families, youth offending, mental health, learning disabilities and older adults.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

95%

overall student satisfaction for the quality of this course.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2018

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gained employment with organisations such as Age Concern, Coventry Aquarius, Alcohol Action, Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council, Coventry NSPCC, Birmingham Sweet Project, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham City Council, and Sunbeam Fostering Agency Ltd. Coventry.

What our students say

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.”

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, third year student.
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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