About the course
In recent years there have been far reaching changes in social work education and training. At the University of Hertfordshire, we have met the challenge of these changes with the BSc Honours degree in Social Work. The programme has been developed in collaboration with our stakeholders, Hertfordshire County Council, Brent Social Services and NCH. We also take account of the views of students and service users in the development of the programme. The degree also has strong links with a number of voluntary agencies and organisations.
A distinctive feature of the programme is an emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills through reflective practice.
The practice analysis undertaken on each placement enables you to develop competence in applying theory, methods and values to your practice. There are excellent student support strategies in place to help you with your progress in these areas.
Subjects covered during your studies will include: law; partnership working; assessment, planning, intervention and review; human growth and development; values and diversity; social science; social policy; communication skills; mental health; disability, families and children; European social work.
Social work is a regulated profession. The BSc Social Work degree leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC Register and practice as a social worker As well as regulating individual social workers and students, we also regulate the performance of social work courses, the reports of which are published on our website, so you can check to see how each university is performing. For more information visit the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) website.
There are no NHS bursaries for first year students. The NHS is likely to make some bursaries available for second and third year students. For more details visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/swb
Why choose this course?
Social workers help people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems. Sometimes this includes confronting and managing behaviours that put themselves and others at risk.
To succeed, social workers must work not only with clients but their families and friends as well as working closely with other organisations including the police, National Health Service, and schools.
After completion of the BSc Social Work you will be qualified to work in a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies which employ social workers.
You are eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a professional social worker.