University Of Cumbria Social Work

By | 18th May 2017

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University Of Cumbria Social Work

You’ll learn how to combine theory with the specialist knowledge and skills need for a career in social work. You’ll emerge confident and capable of handling all areas of social care, able to put your studies to practical use in everyday work. We also provide an ‘Experts by Experience’ module that will teach the importance of the service user / social worker relationship.

You will take part in two practice placements to give you proper work experience in the field. These will take place in the October of your second year for 70 days, and in your final year for 100 days. Every effort will be made to have placements local to the Cumbria area, although this cannot be guaranteed.

This is a full time programme usually involving three days a week of study at our Carlisle campus. Your timetable will vary with more and less intensive periods of study depending on the modules available. You will make full use of your independent study skills when not on campus by completing assignments. Some events on other campuses may need to be attended, though we try to keep these to a minimum.

There is a great demand for qualified social workers, so if you’re looking to get involved, then we will ensure you enter the field at the top of your game. Ours is a challenging yet rewarding course that will build on your previous experience of social care to become a fully qualified and registered social worker. Our lecturing team will share their expertise of working with local employers and service users, giving you the insight needed to go on to an exciting career in the field.

It won’t just be learning in the classroom. You’ll take part in two placement sessions over the second and third years for 70 and 100 days respectively. These will allow you to gain real-world experience in social care, helping you develop the skills needed to stand out at interviews. We’ll show you how to apply the theory you learn to the workplace, building on your knowledge and skills to enhance your abilities on the job.

2017 entry

104 -120 UCAS tariff points – to include GCSE’s in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).  Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.  We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

104 -120 UCAS tariff points – to include GCSE’s in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).  Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.  We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants must have some work experience in a social work/care setting before interview in order to show their full potential to the interviewing panel.
  • The academic requirements for entry to the programme apply to work-based students – those sponsored by secondment or traineeship schemes by their employer – and to students who apply independently. These requirements apply to students for whom English is a foreign language.
  • All places are offered subject to successful interview and numeracy test, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS formerly CRB), medical fitness to practise and proof of qualifications.

Fitness to practise and health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.

Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC and HCPC information to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.

For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click here. There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.

In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check. Read the DBS policy.

Selection process

Offers for the course are made only following interview.

Selection process as follows:

  • Presentation outlining the structure of the course
  • Guided tour of campus and course facilities
  • Written exercise exploring the role of the social worker in relation to a case study.
  • Group exercise linked to the written exercise
  • Individual interview 20-30 minutes based on the applicant’s personal abilities, understanding of the role of the social worker and values required by the profession.

This process is linked to the British Association of Social Workers for study requirements as outlined in the Professional Capabilities Framework.