School of Education and Social Work

Social work (part-time)

(BA) Social work (part-time)

Entry for 2009

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Please Note

The programme specification below is for illustrative purposes. Please contact the School Administrator (Curriculum) for more detailed information.

Course Aims

The overarching aims of the Sussex-Brighton BA Social Work are to enable students to become social work practitioners who are:
competent and research-minded
critically reflective and able to take effective decisions in a context of complexity, change and uncertainty
able to identify and manage the impact of working in difficult situations, including the working with the distress of vulnerable people
committed to the values of social work and to ethical and anti-oppressive practice
able to practice in accordance with the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for Social Work and the Code of Practice for Social Workers
The programme will enable students to develop and apply
knowledge of a welfare society and practice skills in relation to issues of social exclusion and social justice knowledge of issues of diversity, discrimination and oppression and skills in identifying and challenging oppressions knowledge of service users' and carers' perspectives and the ability to take account of these fully in practice
practice skills in communication and in assessment, intervention, planning and review of service users needs in a range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings
knowledge of the legal framework of social work and its application to practice
knowledge of the multi-professional context of social work
knowledge of social work research and the ability to employ research mindedness in practice.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, the successful student will be able to:

critically evaluate and apply knowledge for effective social work practice in a welfare society, responsive to issues of social exclusion and social justice
critically evaluate and apply knowledge for effective social work practice in a legal framework
plan, undertake and evaluate effective social work practice that is responsive to issues of diversity, discrimination and oppression
plan, undertake and evaluate effective ethically based social work practice with service users in a range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings
plan, undertake and evaluate effective social work practice in a complex context, often multi-professional and characterized by change and uncertainty
understand and evaluate social work research and employ research mindedness in practice.

Course learning outcomes

Critically evaluate and apply knowledge for effective social work practice in contemporary society, responsive to issues of social exclusion and social justice

Critically evaluate and apply knowledge for effective social work practice in a legal framework

Plan, undertake and evaluate effective social work practice that is responsive to issues of diversity, discrimination and oppression

Plan, undertake and evaluate effective ethically based social work practice with service users in a range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings

Plan, undertake and evaluate effective social work practice in a complex context, often multi-professional and characterised by change and uncertainty

Understand and evaluate social work research and employ research mindedness in practice

Integrate theoretical and practice based learning and apply this learning creatively, critically and ethically in practice

Evidence through academic work and practice related written work a critical and evaluative approach to examining a range of social problems and experiences

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn TermMandatory for progressSocial Work with Children, Young People and Families (L5018)205
   Working with Mental Health, Disability and Older People (L5019)205
 Spring and Summer TermsMandatory for progressPartnership and Interprofessional Practice (L5015)205
 Undergraduate Academic YearMandatory for progressLevel 2 Practice Learning (L5020)605

Part-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn TermMandatory for progressIntroduction to Learning and Professional Development Part 1 (L5081)104
  Social Welfare and Social Exclusion (L5067)204
 Spring and Summer TermsMandatory for progressIntroduction to Learning and Professional Development Part 2 (a) (L5082)04
 Spring TermMandatory for progressHuman Growth and Development (L5014)204
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn TermMandatory for progressIntroduction to Social Work Practice (L5066)104
 Spring and Summer TermsMandatory for progressIntroduction to Learning and Professional Development Part 2 (b) (L5083)204
 Spring TermMandatory for progressSocial Work Law (L5013)204
 Summer TermMandatory for progressSocial Work Theory Methods and Skills (L5016)204

Social Work

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