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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Our course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will gain the skills and experience you need to be effective and successful in your chosen career.

Social workers face complex and challenging situations and need to be committed to the principles of social justice. At Lancaster, you will learn with enthusiastic lecturers, practitioners, service users and carers. We emphasise research and knowledge to give you the opportunity to develop a critical but reflective approach to understanding social work in contemporary society.

Two practice placements form an important and integral part of this vocational degree. These are an excellent way of getting to know the role of a social worker and give you hands-on experience to back up your academic learning. This degree programme gives you the opportunity to prepare for work in the rapidly changing environments of social care.


The two first-year modules, Social Work Practice and Contemporary Social Problems, will give you an introduction to the nature, origins and values of social work and to the economic, organisational policy and social circumstances in which it is practised. You will set issues in the context of class, gender, race and ethnicity, and disability to start developing a critical understanding of social work.

Your first placement starts at the beginning of the September before your second year and runs through to mid-December.

In addition, all social work students write a dissertation. Your final practice placement runs from January to May of your third year.

Careers

By graduating in social work you are eligible to register as a professional social worker in England, and many social work graduates go on to work as professional social workers in social services departments, the NHS, specialist agencies and the voluntary sector.

However, the skills, values and knowledge gained on this degree are highly valued in other careers that involve training, consultancy and research – and a large number of Lancaster graduates are now active in these areas or hold senior managerial posts.

The Social Work degree also provides a solid foundation for postgraduate study.

Application deadline

15 January

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University information

Lancaster University

  • University League Table

    8th

  • Campus address

    Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW, England

Students from over one hundred countries study at the Lancaster campus. An open and welcoming community, equality and diversity are valued.
Lancaster University offers students a range of award-winning, high-quality, safe and comfortable accommodation.
Lancaster University has a vast array of facilities including shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and a sports centre and swimming pool.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 83 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    145 83%

    5th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    94 94%

    7th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%

    19th

    55

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