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    This degree is a one-year top-up for those who have already achieved either the Social Care Studies Foundation Degree or are able to evidence accredited prior learning up to and including Level 5 in related subjects.

    It is a pre-qualifying degree in Social Work, and will equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and values required to practise professionally as a Social Worker. The aim is for you to practise as a confident, capable, critical and reflective practitioner in a range of different settings using a strong commitment to social justice, application of professional values and recognition of the diverse needs of members of society.

    It is also designed to meet the quality assurance agency benchmark statements for social work and the chief social workers’ knowledge and skills statements for adults and children and families. The course meets the Education and Training standards of the regulator for social work, Social Work England.

    A key aspect of this course is to extend the collaborative partnership that currently exists between Canterbury Christ Church University and London South East Colleges (Formerly Bromley College). The London Borough of Bromley is also geographically the largest of the London Boroughs and attracts a diverse range of learners and workers. London South East College (Bromley) is located at the centre of the area and it is ideally positioned to provide both learning and working environments that respond to the needs of the community.

    The BA (Hons) Social Work Studies course is unique because it provides two options for study. First, it is a progression route if you have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Social Care Studies at London South East College.

    Second, it provides an alternative final year of study if you wish to progress on the basis of relevant prior learning and experience on another programme or at another institution. It will help you consolidate and develop your skills, knowledge and values as you study for the professional social work qualification.

    On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the professional regulator Social Work England (previously HCPC).

      All about the course

      Embedded throughout the course 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.

      You will need to achieve 120 level 6 credits which includes a total of 100 days of assessed practice learning to successfully complete the degree programme. Your overall grade will be calculated based on your academic grades gained for the 100 credits achieved for modules other than the practice placement module. If you do not pass the final placement but have achieved at least 60 credits you may be awarded a BA in Social Care Studies. However, this will not enable you to apply to register as a social worker.

      Entry requirements

      • Foundation Degree Social Care Studies Or
      • Accredited prior learning of 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 Credits at Level 5 in a related subject area with significant experience in a suitable environment. For example you may have previously completed the first 2 years of a BA (Hons) Social Work
      • Selection is by interview, written test and group exercise.

      If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.

      Additional entry requirements

      • Enhanced DBS clearance
      • Readiness to practice questionnaire
      • An interview including a written English test
      • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) proficiency
      • You may need to have GCSE Maths at A* - C or level 2 equivalent for further study or employment and so we recommend you take one of this alongside the course if you cannot evidence it already

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      The BA (Hons) is delivered across 4 days per week

      You will attend college between September and end of January before moving onto 100 days in statutory placement

      During the taught part of the programme you will have up to 24 hours per week contact time. This could be made up of lectures, tutorials and independent study. When not attending timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.

      Whilst on placement you will be assessed by a practice educator and you will also return to college for several recall days.

      The course is made up of 6x20 credit modules. The bridging module is completed in the first term and the Practice Learning module runs across the entire duration of the course and includes the 100 days in statutory placement.

      You will normally go out on placement at the end of January which means that all the teaching input is front loaded between September and January. However, the assignments are submitted across the academic year.

      This means that whilst you are out on placement you are still completing assignments related to the modules in which you have participated. You must be organised with your time and study to be able to achieve this and ensure you keep in contact with your module tutors.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics that have a range of expertise and experience. 100% of the team hold a teaching qualification and their experience includes social work practice and professional registration. Some team members hold doctoral qualifications and are research – active.

      How you’ll be assessed

      A range of assessment methods are used including; written assignments, reflective writing, case studies, presentations, portfolio of evidence, skills evaluation and direct observation of practice.

      Each module is made up of 1 or more assessed components that carry a weighting that counts towards your overall module mark.

      You will receive feedback on each completed assignment that is designed to help you learn and continue to develop your academic skills. We aim to provide you with feedback 15 working days after handing in your assignment.

      Your future career

      There are excellent employment opportunities for registered social workers. The course is a generic course enabling graduates to work in a full range of settings - social services departments of local authorities, health and social care multi-professional teams and many services in the voluntary and independent sectors providing community, day care and residential services.


      This course is delivered in partnership with London South East Colleges (Bromley main site).

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      Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Specialist features

      The course uses skills days to develop key interpersonal and practical skills for social work, such as interviewing, working with resistance, stress management and building resilience, active listening, and building emotional intelligence.

      This can involve the use of video, direct observation, discussion and case examples taken from students’ own experience to allow students to identify, build and assess their developing practice skills. Students have the opportunity to consider their own context in relation to different service user groups, and community partners (service users and carers) play a key role in the delivery and assessment of skills work.

      Industry links

      The social work team has links with regional-based practice educators and placement providers in order to offer students a wide range of placement opportunities to promote their capability and confidence in developing and applying knowledge for effective practice.

      There are excellent employment opportunities for registered social workers. The programme is a generic course enabling graduates to work in a full range of settings - social services departments of local authorities, health and social care multi-professional teams and many services in the voluntary and independent sectors providing community, day care and residential services.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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      1 year

      UCAS code:



      London South East Colleges (Bromley)
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