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.
A foundation degree is the equivalent of the first two years of an Honours degree, it may be studied full or part-time, and consist of academic study combined with relevant work-based learning undertaken with an employer. It may also be studied as a stand-alone qualification or upon completion you may progress to the final year of an Honours degree. However in some cases you might, on completion of the Foundation Degree, be required to transfer to the second year of an Honours degree. This is known as a 2+2 arrangement. You should check the requirements of your progression route.
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.
Throughout the BA (Hons) Social Work* degree you will develop a theoretical understanding of key areas including the role of the social worker, communication skills, legislation and policy and challenging discrimination.
Practice Learning Opportunities (PLO) within the statutory and voluntary sectors are designed to develop your knowledge, skills and practice ability to prepare you for your future career as a qualified registered social worker.
The social work programme has established excellent partnerships with Monmouth, Newport and Blaenau Gwent Local Authority Social Services Departments.
*For 2015 entry, this course will change to a BSc (Hons) Social Work at the Caerleon campus (subject to validation).
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