University of Hertfordshire Social Work

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University of Hertfordshire Social Work

University of Hertfordshire Social Work

BSc (Hons) Social Work

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.

Student bursaries

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.

Entry requirements…

2017 entry

112 – 128 UCAS points

UCAS have introduced a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who are predicted grades in excess of our published tariff.

  • BTEC Extended Diploma must be in a health or social care related subject.
  • Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at L3 with at least 12 Distinctions and 12 Merits.
  • International Baccalaureate – 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE/Level 2 Qualifications

  • All Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / grade 4 or above which must include Maths, and English.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

All offers are subject to interview, written assessment, group discussion and enhanced DBS check.

Professional Accreditations

You are eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a professional social worker.

MSc Social Work

About the course

Social workers help people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems. 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.

During the course of our two year MSc programme you will learn the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the social worker role.  In your first year of study you will undertake modules which provide core knowledge about human development across the lifespan, working with diverse communities and service users, key methods and interventions and the policy and legislation which underpins practice.

The second year of teaching builds on this to explore ideas in depth including the sociological basis of practice and issues of risk and need which social workers manage.  The programme culminates in the writing of a dissertation on a topic area in which you are especially interested.

This academic learning is complemented by two placements totalling 170 days in contrasting settings and 30 days of classroom based skill development.

  • Did you know that social workers work with people of all ages and in diverse settings from adoption to end of life care and from hospitals to prisons?
  • Did you know that social work in hospitals goes back to Mary Stewart in 1895? She was called a lady almoner and part of the job was means testing patients!
  • Did you know a British Prime Minister was a social worker and social work lecturer? (Clement Attlee PM 1945-1951)

Why choose this course?

  • Social work is a regulated profession. The MSc Social Work degree leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC Register and practice as a social worker;
  • An emphasis on small group practice prepares you for practice in a modern multi-professional workforce;
  • Interactive learning in and out of the classroom will help you to understand concepts fully;
  • Academic teaching is supported by SW practitioners, staff from voluntary agencies,  service users and carers enabling you to link theory to practice throughout the programme;
  • A distinct feature of the programme is an emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills through reflective practice;

Entry requirements…

The normal entry requirements for the programme are:

  • A good relevant first degree normally a 2:1
  • A 2:2 or a postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree with a pass at an appropriate standard may also be considered.
  • International students must hold an overall IELTS at level 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each band)
  • All candidates are required to undertake a written test. Students achieving the required standard in the written test will then have an individual interview and group interview
  • Admission is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service checks and occupational health screening
  • Some experience or working in a social work setting in a paid or voluntary capacity is a distinct advantage

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Professional Accreditations

You are eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a professional social worker.

PhD Social Work

About the course

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be “defended” in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

How to apply

To apply for a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire you should have a specific developed area of focus. It is recommended that you have an established track record / experience in your desired area to support your application. The quality of your research proposal, your suitability for pursuing higher research and our capacity to supervise the chosen topic are the principal criteria for admission.

Before you apply please contact our research lead Dr Lisa Whiting to discuss your research proposal. You will need to submit a written research proposal and personal statement to the Doctoral College but informal discussion before formal application is strongly encouraged.

Why choose this course?

By undertaking a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire you will gain:

  • An internationally recognised research qualification.
  • Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level.
  • Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience.
  • Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research.

Entry requirements…

An honours degree (normally at least 2:1 or above) in an appropriate discipline.

IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent for overseas students.

If your proposed research will involve assessment or treatment elements with patients, you will need to be registered with the appropriate body.