Prepare yourself for a career as a professional social worker. Develop and apply your knowledge of sociology, social policy, psychology and research methods.
On this degree you’ll study the social sciences as a foundational base. Within this, you will develop more specific social work knowledge, values and skills.
As part of the course, you will apply your knowledge to the practice of social work. This is through the undertaking of 170 assessed practice days in Years 2 and 3, plus 30 skills days. You will gain research skills with particular focus on investigation, assessment and critical analysis.
In the first year, you will explore key topics in social policy, research methods, sociology and psychology. You will also be introduced to social work and learn about social work values. This will prepare you to apply your professional skills and theoretical and research knowledge to practice.
In Years 2 and 3 you will build on this by studying areas of social work practice, including social work with children and families, mental health social work and social work with adults. You will also develop analytical, problem- based learning and transferable skills.
Professional practice placement
This course includes two mandatory social work practice placements. These take place in years 2 and 3.
In your practice placement, you will apply your knowledge, skills and professional understanding to direct practice with service users.
We offer practice learning opportunities in a range of organisations, such as user-led agencies, small or large voluntary groups, independent or private agencies, local authority social work teams and health trusts.
We work in partnership with several local councils and social care providers that supply our professional practice placements. These include:
- Alzheimer's Support
- Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership
- Bath Mind
- Bath & North East Somerset Council
- Carers Support organisations
- Developing Health & Independence
- Dorset County Council
- Julian House
- Somerset County Council
- Swindon Borough Council
- Virgin Care
- Wiltshire Council
This course prepares you to meet the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and Social Work England standards for newly qualified social workers. You will be able to register as a professional social worker.
You’ll learn from academics with expertise in the social sciences and social work. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.
Our international partnerships provide you with the opportunity for overseas fieldwork and study tours.
Find out what our graduates go on to do
As a professionally qualified social worker, you might work in a range of health and social care settings. Increasingly, employment opportunities arise in multidisciplinary settings where social workers work alongside education, health care and legal professionals.
Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include:
- Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
- First Steps
- Bristol City Council
- Virgin Care (formerly Sirona Care & Health)
- Slough Children’s Services Trust