Canterbury Christ Church University

BA Social Work

Become a social worker, a vital role supporting vulnerable children and adults to make a positive impact on their lives.

On this course you will explore the core communication skills you need to become an empathetic and caring social worker. You will experience this inspiring and rewarding profession first hand whilst on placement in a range of settings across the community.

We engage practitioners and service users in our teaching, learning and assessments to make sure that you receive up-to-date relevant practice knowledge. On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with Social Work England, the regulator for social work in England.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C, or above, or an acceptable equivalent.

A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course,

Career Prospects

Our BA (Hons) Social Work graduates have gone on to work in variety of settings locally and nationally. There are varied and exciting employment opportunities for registered social workers. The generic nature of the course means graduates can pursue a career in a full range of settings, such as social services departments within local authorities, health services, and in the voluntary and independent sectors providing community, day care and residential services.

There are also opportunities for further study and you can pursue a post qualifying course at Canterbury Christ Church University or study within a specialised area of social work in other universities.

Course Details

You'll study the importance of developing a sociological understanding of the complex social issues and structural inequalities that social workers navigate and the social policy that shapes social work practice.

You will be introduced to theories of social work, human development, research, social policy and law and explore their application in practice.

You'll explore areas including:

  • statutory social work
  • international social work
  • voluntary and private care sector
  • provision within private health care
  • court services
  • administration/ management
  • research and evidence-based practice.

Year 1

Skills and Interprofessional Development
Introduction to Social Work Practice
Sociology and Social Policy for Social Work
Understanding Human Development

Year 2

Research Mindedness in Social Work
Social Work Theories and Intervention
Social Work Theories and Intervention
Practice Module

Year 3

Specialist Practice Module: Children and Families, Adult Social Work and Mental Health
Social Work Dissertation
Practice Module (100 day placement)

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