The programme will ensure that your learning is met in both university sessions and in practice, with each student having a tailored learning support plan were applicable.
Teaching contact hours vary but are typically 15-20 contact hours per week. The course is carefully balanced to ensure students are taught theoretical aspects of social work which can be applied in practice situations. Students will also be given the opportunity to engage in simulated activities in the simulation suite to support the development of interpersonal and communication skills.
The programme utilises group work, seminars/webinars, lectures, podcasts, videos and other varied methods of teaching and learning to enable you to progress into an autonomous learner/professional. Our teaching strategies include a level of tutor/student contact time designed to support you early in the course, and provide opportunities for independent learning as you progress, placement days, group work, and seminars and individually designed simulated skills development days.
Feedback on assignments is usually within 3 weeks. You will be supported in your practice learning, (a readiness for direct practice shadowing placement, 70 practice placement days in your 2nd year and 100 days in your 3rd year) by a qualified social worker who is also a practice educator, in some cases you will also have an onsite supervisor and you will have a placement tutor provided by the university. You will also have contact with a personal tutor.
Learning to be a social worker means attaining professional autonomy by making independent decisions and actions while taking responsibility for one’s actions. The programme will adopt the ethos of lifelong learning, which provides you with the transformation, and ongoing learning required in social work. You will be provided with a range of opportunities to develop independent learning skills which can be transferred into the work place on completion of your degree.
An overall summary of the expected contact and independent study requirements.
A 20 credit course have 50 contact hours and you will undertake 150 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. A 40 credit course have 100 contact hours with 300 independent learning hours assessment activity. In addition, there will be 3 practice placements.
The academic teaching team are experienced practitioners, and most are HCPC registered social workers. As social work educators, they are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the course. The team has extensive experience in publishing, research, and working with diverse service user groups. Their previous roles in practice range from social workers to senior practitioners, team managers and independent social work practitioners. A number of the teaching team have senior lecturer or principal lecturer status and some additionally studied for PhD degrees through completion of research in their specialist subject. The team is committed to advancing skilled, research informed teaching practice, and we are well represented as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
In accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency the University must ensure that you have met its standards of proficiencies by the end of your course and have the skills, knowledge, good character and health to do your job safely and effectively.
You will need to complete a suitability form for each year of study. This includes information concerning any criminal offences, statement of health and information relating to issues of safeguarding which may arise in connection with past history and address. Any disciplinary issues relating to conduct at work need to be disclosed within this form.
Relevant information concerning health, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and suitability aspects are shared with placement providers in order for them to decide on offer of a placement.
The University has Fitness to Practice processes to consider students who may present issues relating to suitability at the beginning of the course and during their time on the course. These processes can result in a student being withdrawn from the course and details passed to the Health and Care Professions Council.
Honesty is a core requirement for all professional courses and academic breaches such as significant or repeated plagiarism can give rise to Fitness to Practice processes. Students are therefore guided by the Health and Care Professions Council Guidance on conduct and ethics for students throughout the course.
Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.
A capped number of nonmeans tested Government’s Department of Health bursaries are currently available in years two and three. The availability of bursaries are subject to an ongoing review by the Government’s Department of Health, and the terms and availability may be subject to change. For the latest information visit http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/