The course is designed for students who want to enter professional social work, a profession which engages with people who experience levels of social disadvantage and/or discrimination. Typically you will want ‘to make a difference’ to help enhance people’s lives at a personal and structural level; to counter discrimination and oppression. The course will equip you with the appropriate knowledge and skills, as well as encouraging and enabling you to explore the value base necessary for qualified social workers. It will also prepare you for 170 days of practice over two placements.
This course will prepare you for social work practice and make you eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Social Worker which is mandatory for practice within the UK.
At the point of graduation you will have met the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for qualifying social work programmes and you will also have a broad academic and practice based understanding of social work through placement experiences, supported by wide reading and research.
All teaching staff on the course are qualified and registered social work practitioners, drawn directly from social work practice. Their varied experiences and expertise will enhance your opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of social work and social care. Mental Health, Children and Families, Child Protection, Learning Difficulties, Adult Care, Palliative Care, Fostering and Adoption, HIV/AIDS, Substance Misuse, and Youth Justice being just some examples of the diversity of experiences on offer.
Over the three years of studying this course, you will complete a range of modules from theory based, to practical placement based modules. Below you will see an example of the structure and modules you may study whilst at this university.
There are 170 days spent on placement in practice settings for which you complete a portfolio. There are also skills days to support and prepare you further for placement and practice including up to 5 days of 'shadowing'.
The social work course is developed around the professional body (HCPC), National and European requirements. The course at the University of Wolverhampton has some excellent features including:
The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures
Social Work Skills Assessment Flat
Engage in real life scenarios in the University's skills assessment flat. Walking in, the flat could be any home in any town or city, with a double and a single bedroom, bathroom, lounge, and kitchen. Here students role-play situations to test their reactions, knowledge, and resilience to incidents they could easily face on day one of the job. There are TV screens in two rooms to enable the rest of the peer group to watch the scenario and give advice or suggestions.
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BA (Hons) Social Work
Charlotte graduated from the BA (Hons) Social Work course, and studied at the Wolverhampton City campus. She had her heart set on studying at Wolverhampton from the beginning and wasn’t disappointed when she arrived:
“On arrival at the University I was made comfortable by the lecturers and by my peers, we were all just as nervous as each other! The lecturers were approachable and really helpful.”
“I found the lectures are well structured and full of new and exciting knowledge, which keeps the class interested. The lectures are set in an open and approachable manner, which means myself and peers felt able to ask questions.”
Charlotte feels she made the right choice choosing Wolverhampton: “being on this course made me feel confident and I can see that the knowledge I received is becoming part of my life. I was very happy being a student at the University of Wolverhampton.”
Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Social Work enables you to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for Registered Social Worker status. It is a generic qualification that enables you to work as a qualified social worker within statutory, private/independent and voluntary sector organisations. The generic nature of the course means that, on qualification, you can choose your preferred area of practice and, as a qualifying degree it is recognised both nationally and internationally.
On qualifying many people choose to work for an employer who is part of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) scheme. This government funded scheme provides additional support to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW’s) during the first 12 months of employment. Participating employers offer training that directly relates to your new role, more frequent supervision and a reduced caseload.
One of the benefits of a career in social work is the range of opportunities available. Whether you choose a career working with children and families, in youth justice, with older adults, people with learning or physical disabilities or in mental health services you will find a range of career paths available. Many people progress to Senior Social Worker/Senior Practitioner posts and assume more supervisory and management responsibilities before moving on to management positions. Alternatively, you may find that you prefer to remain in practice and/or develop specialist skills in a particular area.
As a registered professional you will be required to maintain your registration and show evidence of continual professional development (CPD) throughout your working life. There are a range of additional specialist qualifications that you can pursue. For example, you may go on to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Best Interests Assessor, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Assessor. Some people choose to develop the academic side of their career by studying for a Masters Degree or PhD; others become involved in teaching, training and the supervision of student placements.
In terms of salary you can expect higher salaries in statutory local authority social work than in the private and voluntary sectors; and in urban as opposed to rural areas with London salaries being the highest. For an idea of what to expect once you qualify check the job adverts on Community Care.
Social Work is a value based profession that requires a range of skills for effective practice. A fundamental value that underpins the profession is a commitment to the wellbeing of others and to promote autonomy and empowerment. Equality, being non-judgemental and non-discriminatory, promotion of human rights and social justice are other values that social workers strive to uphold.
Relationships are at the heart of social work and skills of interpersonal competence are important for effective practice. These include but are not limited to good communication, reflective abilities, empathy, respect for and acceptance of difference and diversity in others. Skills of planning, goal setting and prioritisation, analytical abilities and time management are important abilities that social workers need to develop. Leadership and team work skills are crucial organisational skills that are also required in practice.
The undergraduate degree in social work seeks to inculcate strong values in students and to foster the development of a skill base that will enable them to function effectively as qualified professionals. We provide a range of supervised placement experiences, opportunities to shadow seasoned professionals, workshops, skills labs and small group activities to nurture appropriate values and the development of skills.
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a social worker in England.
You will have attained GCSE at grade C+ / 4 (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics.
Relevant work experience, especially in a social care or health setting is desirable.
Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and two references (academic and employer). A minimum of 3 months work experience in a relevant area such as a social care or health setting, paid or on a voluntary basis is highly desirable. We also consider life experience for example, if you are or have been a carer or if you have experience of the care system and are able to reflect on these experiences we would consider your application.
Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be invited to an assessment day where you will be assessed in comprehension, verbal ability and suitability for social work. Interview panels will include, whenever possible, employer and service-user/carer representatives.
Due to the professional nature of this course you are also required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Arrangements for Social Work registration are changing with the regulatory functions of the Health and Social Professional Council (HCPC) taking to be replaced by another body in the near future.
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete an occupational health assessment questionnaire prior to starting the course.
Due to nature of social work, you will are expected to travel. Having a driving licence and your own transport is advantageous.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course
This course is not available at present to international applicants.
Please note we will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
There are a limited number of bursaries, which will be allocated to students in accordance with the guidance from the Department of Health. Further information can be accessed from the bursaries website from the following link: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/841.aspx