What you will study
This module is delivered over eight months and has a practice placement experience running alongside academic study. The module will start in October and finish in June. Prior to the start of this module, you would have successfully completed and passed Developing social work practice (K832).
After successfully completing this module you will:
- be equipped to engage in critical and reflective professional practice according to the Standards for social work education and Codes of Practice and Conduct relating to the nation of the UK in which you practise
- be able to think critically about the complex social, cultural, legal, economic and political contexts in which social work practice is located
- Identify and evaluate different perspectives on mental health, including social, psychological and medical, and the significance of service user and carer views
- Apply social work methods in order to achieve change, maintain stability, develop independence, improve life opportunities and promote wellbeing
- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding to be able to critically evaluate current research.
During this module you will study four blocks: Research Based Practice; Mental Health; Professional Development; and one from Social Work Practice with Children and Families, or Social Work with Adults. For the last block of this module you will be able to choose either the children and families option or the adult option alongside your placement to support your practice learning. Relevant teaching of law, digital and information literacy, values and ethics, safeguarding practices, theories and approaches in social work intervention, research methods and evidence-based practice has been threaded through the module blocks as appropriate.
This module has been designed on pedagogic principles associated with active learning and uses a blended-learning approach of online and face-to-face teaching and learning. Therefore the learning materials include a range of module-directed multi-media activities for you to engage in to support your learning about social work. You will access the learning guides and activities online through the module website and will be supported through additional readings and books in print. Likewise, you will also engage with video and audio resources, draw upon a range of online tools that suit your study needs, and take part in activities with other students online and at face-to-face learning events. Where it is not possible to provide face-to-face learning, online alternatives will be offered. You will be alerted to any changes.
In addition to module-directed activities within the learning materials, there are opportunities to engage in independent learning. The design of the module is informed by the fact that when you become a qualified social worker, you will be expected to be able to address complex situations, think for yourself, collaborate with other professionals and be accountable for your actions. Both academically and in your practice you will increasingly be called on to make your own decisions and evaluations.
This module will help you to develop knowledge and skills in these areas through these regular opportunities for independent learning that will enable you to relate your study closely to your own practice context and to your particular learning needs.
The module has three main learning components:
- practice learning (a practice placement of 90 days)
- three face-to-face practice skills workshops
- four blocks of study, which you will study online.
You will be expected to critically apply relevant knowledge, skills and values in a practice setting to a professional standard. This will entail demonstrating your analytical use of module concepts and research findings, showing a critical appreciation of a range of social work theories and methods, and evidencing your ability to apply them appropriately to practice.
It is a professional requirement for you to engage in practice skills development, which will take place at three practice skills workshops. The workshops are usually held face-to-face but online alternatives will be offered where this is not possible for exceptional reasons and in agreement with the tutor. The three workshops will form an essential component for skills development.
You will learn
This module has been designed to support students to continue the journey of becoming confident, critical, analytical and reflective practitioners who can work with other people to help meet the often complex needs of those who require social work support. This also entails being able to provide professional authority and leadership as qualified social workers.