20 Nov 2007

Change in policy makes key Open University social work course open to all

You no longer have to be a registered Open University (OU) social work degree student to study the popular OU module Foundations for Social Work Practice.
This change in policy will appeal to anyone with an interest in social work and social work practice as well as qualified social workers returning to practice after a long period of absence.

Whatever the student’s starting point, this exciting module introduces fundamental ideas about what social work is and uses real-life case studies – with children, older people, mental health communities, disabled children and people with learning disabilities – to help the students apply their learning to practice.

According to one student: "Foundations for Social Work Practice helped me to formulate assignments and enabled me to look at, reflect, better understand and evaluate my own personal experience and life events."

You are not required to have done any social work study before to be able to take this module, which runs from January to September each year. Successful completion can count towards most of the OU’s degrees at bachelors level, where it is equally appropriate to a BA or a BSc. Registration for 2008 closes on 14 December.

Editor’s Notes
The Open University (OU) is the United Kingdom's only university dedicated to distance learning. It has about 150,000 undergraduate and more than 30,000 postgraduate students. Nearly all students are studying part-time. The University itself is ranked among the top UK universities for the quality of its teaching. A third of the University’s UK undergraduate students have entry qualifications lower than those normally demanded by other UK universities.

The University’s provision in health and social care extends from openings courses for people returning to learning, professional programmes such as social work and nursing, continuing professional development and a new post-graduate programme in advancing healthcare practice. It has four main teaching programmes: nursing, social work, health and social care, and foundation degrees.

The OU has a well-established social work programme (we are the UK’s largest part-time provider of social work education), which has been voted top by students in the student satisfaction survey three years running.

KYJ113 Foundations for Social Work Practice is a level 1, 60 point module.

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