Are you a ‘people person’? Do you have a genuine interest in people? Do you possess patience and perseverance? Then you could potentially become a social worker. As a professionally registered social worker, you’ll make a difference to people’s lives.
Gain experience with working with vulnerable groups
Knowing how to help someone overcome their challenges isn’t easy. This course gives you the insight and knowledge to help them overcome barriers. Your study will combine classroom theory with real-life practice experience, some of which involves working alongside current social workers. You’ll also gain an understanding of how social work fits in with UK government policy and legislation.
Become a qualified social worker
This course will prepare you to safeguard both adults and children as part of a multidisciplinary team as well as deal with issues as varied as school truancy, drug and alcohol abuse, housing and benefit difficulties and helping people get back into work. Once qualified, you can go into a range of settings including local authorities, hospitals, voluntary services, youth justice services and many more.
But your options don't just stop at social work. You'll gain the necessary skills and knowledge that employers value such as team-working skills, high-level communications skills, problem-solving skills and analytical and evaluative skills.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value, we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: L504
We recognise how crucial social workers are in the community. We’ve made sure that our course covers the standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so our graduates can apply for registration as a professional social worker straight away.
Learn from lecturers who are experts in their field
Our lecturers, all of whom are former social work practitioners, have a rich vein of practice experience from which to draw to bring your learning to life and to ensure theory is always linked to practice. Tutors ensure they remain up to date with the latest sector changes and many of them lead or are otherwise involved in forums, discussing and influencing the future of social work. Many of the course lecturers are also published authors in the field of social work.
Study within a community of like-minded people
One of the best things about studying Social Work is sharing the experience with other students. Some days will be intensely emotional, so it’s important that you have a friendly team around you. Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by your fellow students as well as the teaching team. And you’ll work with social workers who understand exactly what you’re going through.
What are the course entry requirements?
For this course, a minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Our offers usually require a minimum of 96 UCAS points.
Access to Higher Education certificate (in a relevant subject) will normally require at least 45 credits at Level 3 with average unit passes of merit overall. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
On the application form, you must list all your qualifications.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to a selection day. Selection days are a crucial part of the application process for social work courses at Bucks. If you are invited to a selection day, you will take part in a group discussion and an individual interview. You will also have to complete a written test, for which you will be able to prepare in advance.
Once you have attended and participated fully in a selection day, we will then make a decision on whether to offer you a place and you will be informed via UCAS Track.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course, you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Advanced Skills for Professional Development L4 20
- Developing Social Work Skills for Practice
- Ethics and Values
- Lifespan Development
- Preparation for Practice
- Social Policy and Social Work
- Society and Social Work
- The Context of Social Work
Year 2 Modules
- Advanced Skills for Professional Development L5 5
- Practice Learning 1
- Practitioner Researcher
- Social Work Law
- Social Work Theory and Processes
- Working with Adults
- Working with Children and Families
- Working with Mental Health Service Users
Year 3 Modules
- Advanced Skills for Professional Development L6 5
- Inter-Professional Practice
- Organisations, Management and Change
- Practice Learning 2
What are my career prospects
Qualified social workers practise in a wide range of settings in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. These may include local authorities, hospitals, voluntary services for drug and alcohol users, mental health services and youth justice services.
There is a good choice of career options for suitably qualified people. Once qualified, social workers continue to undertake post-qualifying training to enhance and develop their knowledge and skills, so that they maintain their place on the register.
Our students have worked with organisations such as:
- Buckinghamshire County Council
- London Borough of Hillingdon
- NHS Mental Health Trusts
- Reading Borough Council
- Slough Borough Council
- SMART Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services
- The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
- West Berkshire Council
Students have also gone on to work with agencies like the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us, we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.
We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.
We also help you find employment after graduation.
The Big Deal
At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.
We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK. It’s a big deal!
How much does it cost
- Full-Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
- Full-Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student.