Social Welfare BA (Hons) Top-up Degree

Key features of this course:

  • You gain an Honours degree thorough 1 year's study that builds on your existing work and study experience
  • You can choose from one of 4 named degrees to suit your particular career pathway or interest area: (BA (Hons) Social Welfare; BA (Hons) Social Welfare (Child and Adolescent Mental Health); BA (Hons) Social Welfare (Learning Disability); BA (Hons) Social Welfare (Health and Social Care)
  • You can study Part-time or Full time
  • You will be taught by lecturers and practitioners who maintain strong links with their relevant field of practice
  • You will be prepared for employment in a variety of statutory, voluntary and private services in areas such as the personal social services, residential work, children and families, older people, housing, and disability services, or for further study in your chosen area

What our students say...

“After I was made redundant, I decided to go back to school. I started right from the beginning, doing an open access course, then GCSEs, then an HND in Social Welfare, now I’m at University of Worcester topping my HND up to a full degree! I never thought I’d be here a few years ago, but it’s not going to stop here- I intend to go on to further study or a career in housing or the voluntary sector.”

Sean Halliday
Student, Social Welfare BA (Hons) Top-up Degree

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If you are currently working in a social welfare related environment or have completed a Foundation degree or a diploma level qualification in this or a related subject area, this course will not only add to your professional knowledge and understanding but will also provide you with the opportunity to achieve an Honours level qualification.

 

You can either study a generic Social Welfare course or a named award in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Learning Disability or Health & Social Care (see tabs below for more information on the named awards).

 

This flexible course offers both full and part-time routes and a wide range of modules to enable you to study aspects of work with a range of service users. In addition, you will gain an appreciation of service provision and delivery across the three sectors within its social, political and legal context. The range of modules allows you to develop an understanding of a professional interest (e.g. families and children or mental health) or to maintain a generic base. You will also undertake an Independent Study, giving you the opportunity for a more detailed analysis of a service user group or alternatively the concepts, practices and politics of social welfare.

 

A student-focused approach promotes the development of essential sector skills such as communication, reflection, research, professional reflexivity, and further engagement with the value base of social work and social care.

Entry requirements

Either

An FdSc or HND in Health and Social Care and other diploma-level qualifications
or
Accredited Prior Learning/ Experiential Learning (APL/ APEL) considered

Applicants for a named award should have either a Foundation degree or Accredited Prior Learning commensurate with that award

Course fees

The standard annual fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2014 is £8,900 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page

Meet the team

Get to know our expert staff and meet some of the team who you'll be learning with at the University of Worcester:

Study options

Single Honours
One-year Top-up degree for Foundation degrees, HNDs or Diploma in Social Work
Flexible study options with full and part-time routes available
Continuous assessment
Option of building on knowledge and skills within a particular area of practice or remaining generic
Three named awards available

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Lisa Mauro-Bracken
Admissions Tutor
01905 542463
l.mauro-bracken@worc.ac.uk

You will learn how to

  • Develop subject specific and transferable knowledge and skills relevant to either the broad context of social welfare, or specific service user groups, either for professional practice or for further study
  • Enhance your understanding and skills in your  particular area of professional interest
  • Demonstrate substantial and competent research skills and be able to carry out an extensive independent research project in your area of professional interest
  • Use effective and fluent written, oral and visual communication to convey ideas and research findings
  • Become a more independent learner through self-reflection, the evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, self-directed study, and self and task management to meet set objectives
  • Demonstrate team working skills through awareness and sensitivity to the contextual and interpersonal features of group work

Teaching approach

  • A coherent programme of study with mandatory and optional modules related to diverse interests and future employment
  • A programme of structured lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, group and individual tutorials with e-learning support within the virtual learning environment
  • The use of the values exchange to develop scenarios which enable the students to reflect upon their value base in professional decision making
  • The researching and writing of a variety of assignments and the subsequent written and oral feedback
  • Self-directed, graduated research and project work with tutorial guidance and discussion. Consistent approach to theory as related to practice.

Modules

Mandatory (All degrees)
Interventions in Social Welfare
Professional Judgement and Decision Making
Independent Study in Social Welfare

Mandatory (Specific degree)
Ways of working and Promoting Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Disability: Policy and Practice
Leading and Managing in Health and Social Care

Optional
Policy, Politics and Welfare
Children’s Rights
Counselling Theory and Practice
Service User and Carer Involvement in Health and Welfare Services
Substance use and Misuse

Employability

This course will prepare you for work across the broad field of social welfare in statutory, voluntary and private services in areas such as: the personal social services, residential work, children and families, older people, housing, and disability services.

Graduate destinations include family workers, drug and alcohol support workers, social work (adult and children), management of services in the care sector, housing and homelessness, children’s centres, advisory services, and therapeutic work.

Postgraduate study is a further option with popular choices such as MA Social Work (qualifying award), MA Social Policy, and MA The Dynamics of Domestic Violence, offering appropriate professional development.

Apply through UCAS

Social Welfare BA (Hons) Top-up Degree L540 BA/SocW

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

How to apply

Named awards

• Social Welfare (Child & Adolescent Mental Health) BA (Hons)
• Social Welfare (Learning Disability) BA (Hons)
• Social Welfare (Health & Social Care) BA (Hons)

If you have completed a Foundation degree or a diploma level qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), Learning Disability, or Health and Social Care, then one of these named awards will not only add to your professional knowledge and understanding but will also provide you with the opportunity to achieve an Honours level qualification with a specific named pathway.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for work in either: child and adolescent mental health, the learning disability field, or health and social care, depending on your chosen pathway.

Apart from the vocational focus, the skills and knowledge gained are transferable into associated fields. Career paths include statutory, voluntary and private services in areas such as:

For the CAMHS award:
The personal social services, residential work, children and families, learning support services, children’s centres and therapeutic interventions.

For the Learning Disability award:
Learning disability services, key worker roles, family and residential work, and management of care services.

For the Health & Social Care award:
Service management in the care sector, housing, health support services and related fields.

Postgraduate study is a further option with popular choices such as MA Social Work (qualifying award), MA Social Policy, and MA Dynamics of Domestic Violence, offering appropriate professional development.

Examples of course content

Inter-professional modules:
Politics, Policy & Welfare
Professional Judgement & Decision Making
Applied Research
Interventions in Social Welfare
Criminal Justice & Social Welfare
Substance Use & Misuse
Housing & Homelessness
Leading & Managing in Health & Social Care
Counselling Theory & Practice

CAMHS award:
Independent Study in Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Ways of Working & Promoting Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Families, Myths, the State & Welfare
Children’s Rights

Learning Disability award:
Independent Study in Learning Disability
Personalisation & Citizenship
Service User Involvement in Health & Welfare

Health & Social Care award:
Independent Study in Health & Social Care
Service User Involvement in Health & Welfare
Leading & Managing in Health & Social Care

Health & Society News

Employability

After completing a foundation degree in Learning Disability, Ruth Clinton achieved a degree in Social Welfare (Learning Disability).

Read Ruth's story

Accommodation

Starting university life is an exciting and challenging time and arranging a place to live is high on the list for many students...

Accommodation Information


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