If you enjoy working with people, thrive on the unexpected and want to make a difference in their lives, social work could be the career for you. Our degree course is nationally recognised and will prepare you for work in this rewarding area.
Social work is work with people: it's that simple, but also that complicated. Social workers help people to function, participate and develop in society.
Our course provides the knowledge, values and skills you’ll need to qualify as a social worker. But social work isn’t just about what you learn: it’s also about who you are. You’ll need qualities such as patience, honesty, sensitivity, tolerance, persistence and sound judgement.
As a student, you’ll learn to assess people’s circumstances and needs and, working alongside other professionals, to plan, provide, review and evaluate services for them. You’ll become skilled in problem-solving, and understand how to set up supportive activities with individuals, families, groups and communities. You’ll also learn to assess the risks facing vulnerable children or adults, and how to set up and measure protection plans for them. And you’ll understand your legal powers and duties.
The course is full-time, and features presentations and role play as well as more traditional lectures and seminars.
All our students do two practice placements – one on Year 2, the other in Year 3. One of these will involve statutory tasks, including legal interventions. Placements are an invaluable opportunity to learn in the workplace. Our students go on placements in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Essex. We have limited access to statutory placements outside these areas. It’s likely that you’ll have to travel as part of your placement, so you’ll need your own transport to visit service users in the community, where public transport may not be available.
As a social worker, you’ll be at the forefront of helping the people most in need. You could work with a range of people, who are facing a range of issues, in a public, private or charitable organisation. You could even work independently. Increasingly, social workers work closely in teams with professionals from other disciplines.
Our course will prepare you for working in a variety of settings, many of which can be as rewarding as they are challenging. You’ll learn to work safely and within the law, and develop a wide range of transferable skills, including case management and communication skills.
Our course is endorsed by the College of Social Work. It’s also approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which makes it a professional qualification in social work. When you graduate, you’ll be able to apply to register with the HCPC as a social worker.
We use a variety of assessment methods to track your progress on this course. These include assignments, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, or ‘patches’, built up week-by-week), poster design and placements.
With more than 10,000 students, the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the biggest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England. We offer a wide range of internationally recognised degree courses, from bachelors’ to PhDs, plus many continuing professional development courses. They’re all taught or supervised by friendly and experienced staff who are keen to see you succeed.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern university which has a growing reputation for high-quality research, so you’ll mix with people at the forefront of their disciplines. We also have strong national and international links with industry, the public and voluntary sectors, and other academic institutions.
Our helpful technical and support staff will show you how to make the most of our advanced learning facilities. These include state-of-the-art simulated clinical skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations, mock hospital wards and an early childhood research and resource centre. They’re the perfect places to hone your skills and prepare for your future career.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Entry requirements are for September 2015 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.