Why study with us?

Qualified social workers are much in demand. Aimed at those with some experience of social work or social care, this is an intensive, but rewarding course that gives you the chance to become a qualified, registered social worker. Our lecturing team's experience of working with local employers and service users on a range of qualifying and post-qualifying programmes means we have a wide knowledge of what social work is about.

The university is experienced in providing the development needed to ensure that our students go on to successful careers or further study.

You may qualify for a means-tested bursary to help cover course fees, living and placement expenses. A list of eligibility criteria is available from the website (www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students) where you will also find further information, guidance booklets and application details.

“Through our unique blend of teaching theory into practice, placements, the embedding of service user experiences within the programme and small group teaching we will build upon your abilities to prepare you to become a professional in the social work field” 

Matthew Smith, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader.

What can this course lead to?

This professional degree allows you to register as a social worker upon qualification with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) under the Care Standards Act, 2000. To do this, you will need to demonstrate the level of competence required under the national regulations - this is assessed during your placements.

Our students go on to work as social workers, practitioners and managers in the social care field.

Resources and facilities

We use online technology to enhance your experience on the course and on placement. In some modules we have incorporated the use of blogs as part of the assessment of your abilities. We also use a Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, to ensure communicate with students, so even when you're on placement we are still able to keep you connected with what's going on at the University.

We use video cameras to film role play activities which will allow you to examine your skills and techniques and to reflect on your experiences in a supportive group environment. This process will support the implementation of your new found skills within your placement experience.

This course has a relatively small class size with 50 students in Carlisle and 15 at Furness College, Barrow.

Some modules will entail small group/seminar based teaching designed to facilitate the learners experience with an emphasis upon practice based skills.

Have a look at our learning resources for Social Work.

Student work

Find out what our students think of the course

"My mind was made up when I came for my interview. I loved the community atmosphere UoC created. I didn’t want to go to a big city and university where I would just feel like a ‘number.’ I know that this was the right decision and feel that I benefit from smaller class sizes and being treated like an individual."- Conor Pinnons

Finance

You may qualify for a means-tested bursary to help cover course fees, living and placement expenses. A list of eligibility criteria is available from the website (www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students) where you will also find further information, guidance booklets and application details.

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