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Duration:

1 year

UCAS code:

L501

Location(s):

London South East Colleges (Bromley)
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Overview

The Social Work Studies course at London South East Colleges 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 programme, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the professional regulator Social Work England (previously HCPC).

A key aspect of this programme is to extend the collaborative partnership that currently exists between Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) 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. 

Entry requirements

Foundation Degree in Social Care Studies OR

University APL and APEL process (assessed on an individual basis to ensure you are also ready to undertake a final year of study to become a social worker). Please note: a fee may be applied for this.

All about the course

The programme is designed to enable you to meet the current Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) developed by the former The College of Social Work (TCSW) (now overseen by the British Association of Social Workers) which built on the Department of Health requirements for social work training. The programme will equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge base and values required to undertake professional assessment and appropriate intervention with a range of service user groups. The aim is for you to practise as a confident, capable, critical and reflective practitioner in a range of different settings using a range of knowledge, a strong commitment to social justice, application of professional values and recognition of the diverse needs of members of society. The programme 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 social work team has developed relationships 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. The Practice Educators will be supported in their role by way of regular workshops during your 100-day placement.

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.

Module information

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

An Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) approach to teaching and learning will be adopted throughout the programme. EBL will ensure students acquire their knowledge by active learning and research to different scenarios, triggers and case studies encouraging self-directed learning, which helps, develop autonomous practitioners. Being self-directed is important in social work, as students need to take responsibility for and have a critical awareness of their own learning. It also means attaining professional autonomy by making independent decisions and actions while taking responsibility for their own action.

Skills of assessment and intervention will be developed and taught throughout the course, both in the classroom and through work-based practice learning during a 100-day statutory or statutory related placement. Placement experience includes work with identified service user groups, e.g. children/young people and their families; people with mental health needs and vulnerable adults. Development of professionalism, the ability to apply critical reflection and analysis and the flexibility to work in changing contexts and organisations are key areas of achievement required for successful completion of the degree.

Classroom teaching normally 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 opportunity for students to participate and reflect on their skills development through video-recorded skills scenarios. 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 a tutor who will provide individual and group academic tutorial sessions as part of personal tutorial support.

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.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment includes written assignments, and completion of a practice portfolio. You will be assessed in your practice placement, for example through observation, discussion, reflective writing, written work and feedback from service users and practitioners. The assessments throughout the academic year are designed to help your learning and assessment at university and in practice. Feedback is given in a supportive way to help you develop your knowledge and skills. All assessments are set in accordance with the Undergraduate Academic Framework and protocols.

Your future career

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

Fees

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

For more information, please visit www.lsec.ac.uk

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.

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Duration:

1 year

UCAS code:

L501

Location(s):

London South East Colleges (Bromley)
Apply via UCAS
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