Social workers support the most vulnerable members of our society, helping them to overcome the challenges they face and achieve their full potential. As a social worker you need to be skilled at building positive relationships with a wide range of children, adults and their families in the community. You will be an active advocate for the people you work with, but you will also help people take control of their own lives, often in difficult circumstances. Social work is intellectually, ethically and personally challenging. Our programme is designed to help you develop your skills in all these areas. It is both academically rigorous and supportive. It will ensure you graduate ready to face the challenges your future career will bring. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in social work theory, research, policy and practice. Our aim is that you understand the social policy and legal context of social work, especially regarding children and families, mental health, disability and older people. Through your studies and through social work placements you will develop skills in working with individuals, families, social work teams and other professionals. Your learning will focus on strengthening the links between theory and practice, working with service users and refining skills for effective intervention in people’s lives. Your modules will include Early Childhood Development and Child Observation; Social Sciences for Social Work; Social Work Practice; Working with Diversity; Human Growth and Behaviour; Social Work Law; Social Work Skills; Social Work with Children and Families; Social Work with Adults; Social Work and Mental Health; and Social Work and Disability. In your first year you will undertake a short shadowing placement, followed by substantial practice placements in your second and third years. In your final year you will undertake a dissertation on a topic of special interest to you and sit your final exam. You will graduate as a highly trained professional, equipped with the knowledge and skills to become a confident and competent social worker. The demands are high but so is the satisfaction of knowing that your knowledge and skills are being used to the full in the interests of other people and the community. Please note this course is not open to international applicants. Please check our website for alternative courses which may be of interest to you.