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Social Work [with Foundation Year] BA (Hons)

Anglia Ruskin University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Chelmsford Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

If you thrive on the unexpected and want to make a difference in people’s lives, social work could be the career for you. Socialwork is about empowering people and supporting them towards being independent. Social workers help people to function,participate and develop in society.Our course provides the knowledge, values and skills you will need to qualify as a social worker. But social work isn’t just aboutwhat you learn: it’s also about who you are. You will need qualities such as patience, honesty, sensitivity, tolerance, persistenceand sound judgement.As a student, you will train to assess people’s circumstances and needs. Working alongside other professionals, you will plan,provide, review and evaluate services. You will become skilled in problem-solving, and understand how to set up supportiveactivities with individuals, families, groups and communities. Learning to assess the risks facing vulnerable children or adults,and how to set up and measure protection plans for them will be key. You will also gain a thorough understanding of your legalpowers and duties.Our course features presentations and role play as well as more traditional lectures and seminars. We work closely with ourSUCI(Service User and Carers Involvement) group. This gives you a chance to discuss with people who have experience andopinions about social care and use their feedback to improve your practice.All of our students do two practice placements. One of these placement will involve statutory tasks, including legal interventions.Both placements are an invaluable opportunity to learn in the workplace and you will cover a range of topics such asengagement, assessment, interpersonal skills, interventions, safeguarding and the appropriate use of authority.If you study in Chelmsford, your placements will be anywhere in Essex, including Thurrock and Southend authorities. If you are aCambridge student, your placements could be anywhere in Cambridgeshire and possibly in Peterborough. We have limitedaccess to statutory placements outside these areas. You cannot choose your placement but rather it is assigned by theuniversity.We will make sure that you get a range of settings to best support your training. It’s likely that you’ll have to travel as part of yourplacement, so you’ll need your own transport to visit service users in the community, where public transport may not be available.

Application deadline

26 January

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 : D

Entry requirements for foundation year study at ARU College: five GCSE passes at grade 3 or D or above and evidence of two years post-GCSE study at Level 3; if you have achieved at least grade E in one A level, or equivalent, you are exempt from the two year post-GCSE study requirement, but you still have to meet the GCSE requirements.


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Anglia Ruskin University

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    Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1PT, England

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  • Subject ranking

    41st out of 79

  • Entry standards

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    118 69%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.34 87%



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