The course is both academic and practice-based, you will complete a minimum of 200 days practice learning across the two years. Half of the programme is devoted to supervised practice in social service agencies, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn through observation, rehearsal and performance. The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.
Academic study will be based on Singleton campus during Semester one and then placement learning in a social care agency during Semester two.
During Semester one you will be on campus for a minimum of four days per week. Placement learning is full-time Monday to Friday, following agency hours.
In year one you will undertake a 20-day observational placement followed by an 80-day ‘direct practice’ placement.
In year two you will undertake a 100-day ‘direct-practice’ placement. The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.
During year two you will also complete a desk-based literature review or a piece of empirical research.
Your learning will be assessed through written essays, oral presentations, I.T. based exercises, reflective commentaries and portfolio work across the two years of study.
Practice placements are assessed by a combination of written work, observed practice and personal assessments using the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.
You will also be expected to complete a research dissertation and poster presentation in your second year of study (15,000 words approx.) with support from an assigned supervisor.