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, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support or students through their learning.
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.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
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.
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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