Our part-time Social Work course is a flexible way to train as a social worker. When you graduate, you'll be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and begin your career.
I really liked that the team was made up of different professionals, not just social workers and that they each had different specialist areas
Social work is a varied and rewarding career with its share of the unexpected and offers an opportunity to make a difference.
If you like a challenge and enjoy problem-solving, social work could be the career path you are looking for. Social workers work with people and help them function, participate and develop in society. We look for students who can be honest and patient, resilient and tolerant but persistent and who are able to demonstrate a sound judgment.
Our degree helps you gain the knowledge, skills and values that you will need as a qualified, professional social worker. The part-time delivery consists of four years at our Peterborough campus and allows for more flexibility in your studies. In your first year, you will spend one day a week at university. In your second and your third years, you will spend one day at university and at least 2 to 3 days on placement. In your fourth year, you will spend 1 day at university and at least 3 days on placement. Year 1 and 2 students normally attend on a Wednesday and year 3 and 4 students on a Friday (subject to timetabling). Our course is a mix of traditional lectures and seminars as well as role play and presentations.
During your training, you will gain a key understanding of a social worker’s duties and legal powers. You will learn the importance of working with other professionals to assess people’s circumstances and needs. This will involve assessing risks for vulnerable adults and children and establishing suitable protection plans. You will consider how best to plan review and evaluate services to benefit people. Working on solving problems and setting up supportive activities with individuals, families, groups and communities will be central.
We work closely with our SUCI (Service User and Carers Involvement) group. This gives you a chance to discuss with people who have experience and opinions about social care and use their feedback to improve your practice. There is also input on the course from practitioners who are in both statutory and non-statutory practice.
Practice placements are an invaluable opportunity to learn in the workplace and will be a milestone in your training as a social worker. You will undertake 70 days during years 2 and 3, and 100 days in Year 4. Our placement team will assign you to your placement and ensure that you get a variety of experience in order to optimise your learning. Your placements will be in and around Peterborough or Cambridgeshire. Placements include travelling to visit service users in the community and you will therefore need your own transport to be able to access areas which are not served by public transports. Car use is seen as essential by our partner agencies and you must consider this when applying for the course. You should expect to travel up to 1.5 hours to placement.
Assessments are your opportunity to show the skills and knowledge that you are gaining in your journey to become a social worker. We use a variety of assessment methods which include assignments, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, or ‘patches’, built up week-by-week), poster design and placements.
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.
The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at 3/4 of a full time student (75% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
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.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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