This is a three-year fulltime, or four-year part time
The BA (Hons) in Social Work is recognised as a professional
qualification in Social Work by the Health and Care Professions
Council (HCPC), endorsed by the College of Social Work (TCSW)
and validated by the Open University.
It consists of academic study and practice learning in a social work
agency, the latter in two periods, 70 and 100 days, in a variety of
social work settings. Ruskin has a sound tradition of providing social
work education and training for mature, non-traditional students.
It operates in partnership with other local social work programmes
and local authority partners, in particular Oxfordshire County
Council, principally via our Practice Learning Centre.
Support for students is provided throughout the programme,
including supervision while on placement.
National Student Survey
Our small class sizes mean our results often do not register officially
on the National Student Survey. However, in 2011, when compared
with the 88 other institutions that offer a degree in Social Work,
Ruskin was extremely pleased to be placed 1st nationally for
‘Teaching on the Programme’, with 99% of students agreeing it
was good or very good.
CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS AND SUITABILITY
All applicants for the Social Work course are asked to disclose
any previous criminal convictions (including cautions, warnings
and reprimands) however long ago they may have occurred and
whether as a juvenile or an adult. In addition, students will be
required to undergo an enhanced criminal records check and
will need to receive clearance before undertaking social work
placements. Where a student has a previous conviction, caution,
warning or reprimand this may not be an automatic bar to entry on
the programme, but it will be given full consideration and may be
subject to a risk assessment.
Students selected for this programme will be subject to the BA
Social Work Suitability Procedure. Although it is not a requirement
for students to register with the Health and Care Professions
Council (HCPC), the registering body for social work, they are
expected to abide by the ‘Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for
Students’. Once the degree has been successfully completed,
students can apply to be registered with the HCPC. Registration is
needed to work as a ‘Social Worker’, as this is a protected title
WHAT WILL I STUDY ON THIS COURSE?
Ruskin has traditionally encouraged prospective social workers to
consider issues of social justice and equality and the implications of
these for social work practice. The programme has also had a strong
commitment to community development approaches to social work
and to voluntary organisations that provide social work services.
Embedded in our social work programmes is a strong commitment
to social justice and the empowerment of individuals and
communities and the contribution that social work can make
to this through anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice,
listening to and respecting the voices of the users of social work
services and active implementation of the values of social work.
We are committed to ensuring that social workers who successfully
complete Ruskin programmes are reflective practitioners who
will deliver high quality, effective services in a professional and
Applicants for the BA (Hons) Social Work
demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in social work or possess the appropriate personal qualities and aptitude to be a social worker
have work, voluntary, trade union or personal experience relevant to social work
demonstrate clearly a motivation to ‘return to study’ and the potential for handling the academic and intellectual demands of the programme and for meeting the required academic standard by the end of the programme. Evidence of undertaking return to study programmes is one way of demonstrating this. One way to achieve this is by undertaking an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Science, available at Ruskin College.
have GCSE Grade C or above in both Maths and English on application
have an IELTS score of Level 6.5 for nonUK students
COURSE AND APPLICATION DATES
This course starts in September.
Applications close 15th August. Please
note: This course fills its places quickly so
early application is advised.
We expect the majority of our graduates
to gain social work positions relatively
soon after completing the programme.
Out of the cohort who graduated in 2013,
83% had found jobs by February 2014.
Students often find that employment
opportunities arise out of their final
placement. All of the above students were
successful in finding jobs local to their
Tuition Fees 2015/16
Access to HE Programmes, Level 3, Full Time: £3,358
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Resident Study Bedroom
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Study Bedroom en-suite