3 years full-time
The BA in Social Work at York provides you with the academic knowledge and practical skills you need to become a registered social worker in England. Through a carefully tailored programme of coursework and placements you'll gain the knowledge and skills required for effective practice in this demanding and rewarding profession.
Completing this degree will mean you're eligible to apply for registration as a social worker with the Health & Care Professions Council.
This course is validated by the Health & Care Professions Council.
You'll acquire professional capabilities in nine different domains as you progress towards your degree. These capabilities are defined in the Professional Capability Framework (PCF) for Social Work.
I was really impressed by the diversity of students on my course and how supportive they were of each other. My tutor and the teaching staff were always there for me.Fiona
BA Social Work (Graduated 2011)
This course follows the British Association of Social Workers Professional Capabilities Framework.
Throughout your three years you'll study the three parallel streams that make up the Professional Capabilities Framework:
You'll also undertake two work placements with different social work agencies. Some agencies reimburse travel costs but others don't.
In your first year you'll study three required modules that follow the streams in the Professional Capabilities Framework.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
In your second year you'll continue to study the three steams from the Professional Capabilities Framework. You'll also undertake your first placement which will last for 70 days. This will contribute 60 credits toward your course.
As part of your third year you'll undertake your final placement. This will take 100 days and will contribute 60 credits toward your course. You'll also chose a module that will allow you to study a particular branch of social work in more depth.
Here are some of the many study abroad opportunities you'll find here at the University:
When I visited York it just clicked. The course structure, the variety of modules and the emphasis on group work all appealed to me. In our Ethics and Values and Law modules I've enjoyed learning about the legislation that will govern our role as social workers.Phil BA Social Work
Your lectures, seminars and tutorials will all be delivered by knowledgeable and enthusiastic academic staff who are also experienced practitioners. Guest speakers with specialist expertise, including service users, also contribute towards some modules.
Teaching is delivered through lectures and seminars. Because of the applied nature of social work most of your modules will also include some group work. You will undertake focused and guided reading to develop your own understanding and knowledge and you'll develop professional skills through presentations of your work. Throughout the three years of your degree you'll participate in regular professional development group sessions, developing social work knowledge and skills.
You will be allocated a personal supervisor, a member of teaching staff who will provide support through your three years here. While on placements you will receive specialist support from a practice educator or work-based supervisor who will manage your induction on the placement as well as guide you through your time there.
Most of your modules will be assessed by written assignments and presentations. We'll provide you with feedback on assignments within four weeks of submission. You'll be asked to provide written work or presentations at interim points during modules, and we'll provide feedback on improving your work for the later assessments.
You'll also be assessed on your placements by your practice educator. They'll assess your competence to practice by observing your interaction with services users and by reading your report. They'll also use feedback from services users and your colleagues when assessing your placement.
The NHS Business Services Authority offers bursaries for students studying social work in years 2 and 3 of their degree, subject to eligibility and availability.
One of the most valuable opportunities I had on placement was to work with 'real' service users but in a safe and supportive environment, allowing me to practice my basic social work skills. I feel that I achieved an immense amount on my placement and I am confident that I will be able to use everything I have learned as a solid base for the future.Claire
BA Social Work (Graduated 2015)
After completing the BA in Social Work you'll be able to register as a social worker in England. Some of our students choose to go on to further study, often progressing to a PhD. We offer a Masters in Social Work Research which bridges the gap between undergraduate and PhD level study.
As well as registering as social workers graduates from our department go on to work in a range of areas, including:
The BA in Social Work will help you develop a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, including:
All applications must be made through UCAS.
Before we offer you a place we'll invite you to an interview. You'll have the chance to learn a little more about our Department as well as look around the campus. We look for applicants who have some understanding of the role of a social worker as well as the motivation to become a social worker.
We welcome applications from people from a range of different backgrounds. If you have a non-traditional educational background and want to know whether you would qualify for entry then please have an informal discussion with our admissions tutors for guidance.
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