UCAS CODE L500
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A foundation year course comprises 120 credits and provides an entry route on to many of our undergraduate courses. This full-time course is usually completed in 1 year.
An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
Access course requirements: Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 6 distinctions, 33 merits and 6 passes. *If you do not have the Mathematics GCSE at grade C you will need to complete 12 level 2 credits in Numeracy within your Access course.
*If you do not have the English Language GCSE at grade C you will need to complete 12 level 2 credits in Communication within your Access course.
Please note we not accept the online Access course for entry onto this course
Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing/Midwifery or Social Work.
The University is unable to accept any further applications for this course for entry September 2014 due to the unprecedented number of applications that have been submitted. If you are interested in studying a related course at the University please visit the following web pages:
Yes, as part of a three Tier Selection Process. Tutors will explain the course content and you will be given the opportunity to ask us questions in addition to us assessing your suitability for the course. In exceptional circumstances, this can be done via Skype if necessary.
Interviews will take place on 21st and 28th Feburary 2014.
Social Work aims to advance the social conditions of communities and individuals within them. The social work programme at USW has established excellent partnerships with Monmouth, Newport and Blaenau Gwent Local Authority Social Services Departments.
You must apply to this course by the 15th of January 2014. This applies to applications via UCAS and direct to the University.
What is the role of a social worker? How does theory underpin practice? How does social work operate in a multi professional environment? Does Social Work challenge inequality? How do we get the right balance between care and control?
Social Work is a professional activity that is intended to advance the social conditions of communities and individuals within them. It is about respecting and valuing diversity and cuts across many settings including child and family, disability, drugs and alcohol misuse. The support offered by Social Workers includes interpersonal intervention and providing behavioural and social assessments.
In the 2013 National Student Survey 100% of students on the BA (Hons) Social Work degree were satisfied with their course.
Throughout the BA (Hons) Social Work course you will develop a theoretical understanding of the key areas. These areas include; the role of the social worker, communication skills, legislation and policy and challenging discrimination. You will put this theory into practice through assessed Practice Learning Opportunities (PLO) within the statutory and voluntary sectors. The PLO is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and practice ability over the 3 years to prepare you for your future career.
The social work programme has established excellent partnerships with Monmouth, Newport and Blaenau Gwent Local Authority Social Services Departments.
On successful completion of this course, you will gain the professional social work qualification and be eligible to register with the Care Council for Wales (or the Health and Care Professions Council for England), enabling you to practice as social worker in the UK.
Students will learn via lectures, tutorials and work placements.
You will be assessed through a variety of methods including written assignments, reflective journals, debate, simulations, portfolios, presentations, direct observations and reflections on practice.
On successful completion of this course, you will gain the professional social work qualification and be eligible to register with the Care Council for Wales (or the Health and Care Professions Council for England), enabling you to practice as a social worker in the UK.
Social workers may work in a variety of statutory and private, independent and voluntary settings. There are also opportunities in academia and research.
After this course you will also be academically prepared to progress to further study into several areas here at Newport, such as the MA Criminal and Social Justice and the MA Working for Children and Young People.
There is a high employment rate on completing the course, with newly qualified social workers gaining employment in statutory services such as mental health, child protection and LAC teams, adult protection and older persons teams, as well as specialist drug misuse services, domestic violence services, advocacy services and other private and independent sector employers.
“I chose the Social Work degree as I wanted to do something practical with an academic element to it. I applied for a trainee-ship through my local employer who works in partnership with The University of South Wales and the course suited me as it enabled me to stay in employment whilst studying.
The placements in both the statutory and voluntary sector were the most exciting elements of the course as you get to meet different people and experience different scenarios which helps with your employability."
Maria Bayliss, BA (Hons) Social Work