The curriculum meets the requirement for social work registration as defined by the former College of Social Work, Health and Care Professions Council and QAA Benchmark Statements.
This course leads to a professional qualification, and therefore all modules are compulsory.
As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown below.
Year 1 is designed to provide a common academic and skills foundation for all social work practice. Core module content includes:
- Human Growth and Development
- Law and Social Policy
- Skills Development and Professional Communications
- Evidence in Professional Practice
- Safeguarding Vulnerable People.
In Year 2
you will study specialist modules on social work with children and families, adults and mental health, and you will also take modules on research methods and interprofessional practice.
- Social Work with Adults
- Social Work with Children and Young People
- Mental Health for Social Workers
- Support to Social Work
- Working with Teams, Groups and Communities
- Social Work Practice 1
In Year 3 you will take modules in professional development and write a dissertation on a topic related to social work.
- Social Work Practice 2
- Practice Learning Interventions
- Professional Consolidation
- Dissertation in Social Work
- Decision Making and Social Well-being
In both Years 2 and 3, you will spend time on placement (170 days in total), where you will work alongside your own practice educator while you are introduced to social care and social work roles.
Years 2 and 3
To help you feel confident in starting your work placement, you take a preparatory module on Skills Development and Professional Communication in the first year. This includes specific skills development, augmented by communication practice in our skills suite.
In both Years 2 and 3 you will undertake work-based placements (70 days in Year 2 and 100 days in Year 3). Placements could involve working with children or older people, people who are disabled or those who may have mental health issues. Statutory, voluntary, private and independent organisations all offer opportunities to engage with service users in a real and meaningful way. The settings include hospitals, agency teams, family centres, day centres and residential care settings.
We offer a range of support mechanisms both within the University (including an academic adviser/link lecturer) and in the placement area itself. While on placement you will be supported by a named member of staff. Your capability in practice is assessed by a suitably qualified and experienced practice educator. They will be responsible for helping you to develop your practice to reach the required standard by the end of the your placement.
The faculty has a dedicated Practice Education Unit that provides administrative and academic support for placement learning/practice education for all its pre-qualifying courses.
Travel costs to / from placement may be incurred. Students may be eligible for a fixed contribution towards placement travel expenses through the social work bursary scheme.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Full-time students typically
attend university for two days per week and are in placement for the other three days of the week, or undertaking online / independent study. This varies slightly from year to year, and depends upon the type of placement setting.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes