The course is both academic and practice-based and students are required to undertake 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 students 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.
Students will undertake academic study based on Singleton campus during Semester 1 and then placement learning in a social care agency during Semester 2.
During Semester 1 students can expect to be on campus a minimum of four days per week. Placement learning is full-time Monday to Friday, following agency hours. Students will undertake 200 days of practice learning across the 2 years.
In Year One students undertake a 20-day observational placement followed by an 80-day ‘direct practice’ placement.
In Year Two students 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.
In Year Two students will be expected to complete a desk-based literature review or a piece of empirical research.
Students are assessed on 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. Students will also be expected to complete a research dissertation and poster presentation in their second year of study (15,000 words approx.) with support from an assigned supervisor.