Introduction to Social Work
This module provides an introduction to professional social work education and practice. It is available to anyone and especially useful to:
- those contemplating a career in social work and wanting to have a substantive introduction to test out motivation and preparation
- those in social care roles who want to move to social work but need to test their ability and confidence for level 4 study and
- those who have applied for the BA Social Work but have been unsuccessful, and want to do more preparation.
The course is connected to a qualifying social work programme and you will receive module input from qualifying social workers. It prepares individuals for application to social work courses but does not guarantee a place on any social work programme – this requires a separate application route.
What you will study
- Outline the approaches, demands, nature and requirements of qualifying education for social work
- Introduce the expectations and process of regulation associated with professional social work practice, Social Care Wales and the specific Welsh context of social work practice
- Identify the key individuals and types of practice undertaken in social work.
- Explore the key knowledge, qualities and skills required by social workers
- Introduce principles of social work values, anti-oppressive practice and working in partnership (participation).
Teaching and assessment
Covid-19 regulations permitting, teaching will be a mixture of face-to-face and online and any face-to-face sessions will be held in the evening.
Teaching and assessment is at level 4 and there will be 36 hours teaching and 164 hours of independent study time totalling 200 hours.
The student will submit a mini -portfolio, single document assignment combining three elements.
1 A reflective account in which the student will consider how social work is distinct from social care, and the implications of regulation (1,200 words)
2 An annotated bibliography of five texts in a particular area of social work practice. audience (500 words equivalent)
3 Printed copies of two posts in response to directed Module Discussion Forums. (2 x 250 words)
Entry requirements and applying
There is no formal entry requirements and applicants who would like to informally discuss their suitability can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 dates TBC. If you are interested in receiving notification of future dates please email email@example.com to log your interest.