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BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales): Standard pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

As you begin your study towards a professional qualification in social work, you might be asking yourself: Can I manage the demands of this qualification? Do I have the right knowledge to support my academic and professional development?  Do I have the study skills to succeed?

Stage 1 of the BA (Hons) Social Work (Wales) will help you with all of these questions and more besides. Studying the two 60-credit compulsory modules An introduction to health and social care (K101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q42-1,module,K101,,1 and Foundations for social work practice (KZW113)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q42-1,module,KZW113,,1 will give you a fascinating insight into the organisation of social care in the UK and develop your awareness of the different components of good social work practice. They’ll also help build your confidence by steadily developing and enhancing your study skills – including digital and information literacy. There’s no better way to begin your journey to your social work qualification and life as a professional social worker – and as you progress through your studies, you’ll return to your learning from these modules time and time again.

Stage 2

By Stage 2 of the degree, you’ll be ready to start applying what you’ve learnt to your own practice. Two compulsory 60-credit modules will give you the confidence and knowledge to do just this. 

The law and social work in England and Wales (K270)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q42-1,module,K270,,1 examines the legal framework that shapes and regulates social care decision-making. You’ll cover a range of legal issues related to social care and social work practice including children and family services; youth justice; immigration; community care and housing. 

Applied social work practice (KZW216)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q42-1,module,KZW216,,1 will help you understand the Care Council for Wales’ National Occupational Standards for Social Care Workers and the relevant knowledge, values and skills of the social work process. You’ll also undertake the first of two 90-day practice placements for this pathway.

Stage 3

In Stage 3, you’ll study the final practice-learning module, Critical social work practice (KZW315)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q42-1,module,KZW315,,1 (60 credits), and undertake your second 90-day placement. The practice module will support you in becoming a confident, critical, analytical and reflective practitioner. The emphasis is on supporting independent learning and you’ll be guided towards sources of information to interrogate and evaluate.

For your remaining credits you have a choice of modules covering:

  • work with children – Working together for children (KE312)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q42-1,module,KE312,,1
  • adulthood and our ageing society – Adulthood, ageing and the life course (K319)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q42-1,module,K319,,1
  • communication in interpersonal, institutional and social contexts – Communication in health and social care (K309)
  • managing in the care sector – Managing care (K303) or Leadership and management in health and social care (K313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q42-1,module,K313,,1 – ideal if you’re working in a frontline management role.

After successfully completing all 3 stages of this degree, you’ll be able to register with the Care Council in Wales and begin your career as a qualified social worker.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three (full-time study equivalent) to eight years.


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