This short course has been designed to enable employees with our partner agencies who would like to become social workers to develop the required academic skills to progress to the full professional qualifying BA (Hons) Social Work (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship) course.
If you pass the Cert HE, as well as produce a satisfactory personal statement and pass the written requirement for all social work applicants, you'll be guaranteed an interview for the degree apprenticeship.
Completing this social work course will also lead to a standalone, valid qualification for professional development for staff in unqualified roles in social care settings.
The ideas discussed and the skills and knowledge gained on this course will enable you to put what you've learned into practice within your workplace, and also have practical examples to draw upon in your academic work.
The modules studied on this course are based on those in level 4 of the integrated degree apprenticeship, with identical learning outcomes to Stage 1 of that course. This course is delivered in a different format and you'll study part-time with late afternoon and evening sessions to fit around the working day, and is supplemented by online learning activities.
In addition to the four 30-credit modules studied on the course, if you wish to go on to apply for direct entry to level 5 of the degree apprenticeship, you'll also need to complete a 'Readiness for Practice' portfolio. This demonstrates that you've met the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work at the appropriate level.
Develop your academic study skills and resilience strategies in preparation for both undergraduate study and your role in the workplace. Consider your own approach to learning and your role within groups, by giving and receiving feedback. Explore the nature of professional learning and familiarise yourself with the frameworks for assessment of professional capability within social work practice.
Examine the role of the social worker and how this has been defined and developed, before considering the importance of personal and professional behaviour and boundaries. Reflect upon your personal values and gain an introduction to the values, ethics, and standards for social work. Explore the role of social work with different service user groups and settings. Study how diversity can relate to discrimination, disadvantage, power, and oppression, and explore how and to what extent social workers can challenge this by promoting social justice and human rights.
Complete Stage 1 of your Professional Standards and Readiness to Practice Portfolio, including evidence of reflection on your personal and professional development. Engage in a community study where you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your understanding of the complex interaction between the individual and their community. Explore cultural, economic, and social factors which impact on daily living and social justice. Reflect on your direct work with service users and carers to develop your interpersonal communication and interviewing skills.
Gain an introduction to the theoretical frameworks from social science disciplines which inform social work practice. Explore key perspectives in social theory, particularly the conceptual awareness of the relationship between the individual and society. Enhance your theoretical understanding of the features and development of modern society in order to identify patterns in our social life. Focus on themes such as the way society is organised, the patterns in social relations, the dynamics of social change, and theoretical explanations of social conflict and inequality. Develop skills in comparative analysis of social and psychological theories and concepts, relating these key perspectives of social theory towards real world events and issues.
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This course requires you to be working in a social care role that involves direct contact with service users and/or carers.
The fee for this course is £3,000
The employer usually meets these costs – we advise you to speak to your workforce development lead before applying.
We also accept self-funded applicants and encourage anyone wishing to explore their options to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information was correct at the time of publication.