Classroom teaching takes place through whole group lectures, seminars and small group work and is delivered using resources such as power-point, audio-visual material and case studies. There is an expectation that all students complement formal teaching through undertaking of individual study activities which will help you to learn and develop your understanding and promote self-directedness.Each student is allocated an academic and personal tutor in year 1. The tutor isresponsible for delivering core content of the professional development module in each year, providing individual and group tutorial sessions as part of tutorial support.
There is a dedicated, fully equipped skills house for delivery of the required skills days. Students gain from the naturalistic environment of a home situation in order to practice developing skills of assessment, communication and intervention, reviewing their development through learning tools such as video recorded work.
Embedded throughout the programme is a focus on the experiences of those who use services, enabling students to gain valuable understanding of the impact of distressing circumstances and professional responses on the lives of service users and their carers. The contribution of service users and qualified practitioners to teaching and assessment forms part of the varied teaching and learning approaches of the programme. Service users and practitioners work with the social work team to provide advice and feedback on skills development. Core module teaching is delivered by academics with substantial practice experience who maintain the currency of their knowledge and expertise through research, writing for publication, consultancy and teaching on post-qualifying courses.