BA (Hons) Social Work

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  • Core Modules

    Mental Wealth and Professional Fitness: Readiness for Social Work Practice

    Mental Wealth and Professional Fitness: Readiness for Social Work Practice-SK4013, is embedded as the Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth (Mental Wealth) module at Level 4 on the BA (Hons) Social Work course and delivers all nine Mental Wealth Competencies. In this core module, we will consider key concepts, and you will be introduced to the competencies and skills as set by the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), British Association for Social Work and the Professional Standards (Social Work England) and their application to social work’s value-based practice. The module offers you several structured opportunities to practice key generic skills for working with people and increase your understanding of the social work role in a less pressured way than would be the case in a practice learning environment. These skills, competencies and experiences will form a valuable 'toolkit' that you can use for confident progression whilst studying on the BA (Hons) Social Work degree to entering employment.


    Communication skills

    SK4010 is a core module on the BA (Hons) Social Work course at Level 4. This module will enable you to develop communication and interviewing skills that you can apply to working with people with lived experience of social work with a range of needs. The module will support you to developing skills in critical reflection and self-awareness using a structured reflection process to understand how these dimensions influence interpersonal and professional relationships. You will also have the opportunity to learn and evaluate different theoretical perspectives related to counselling, group work and individual communication. In this module you will develop an awareness of your own values and beliefs and the impact these have on interactions with others You will have opportunities to critically review and rehearse approaches to communication skills important professional social work practice.


    Introduction to theory

    This module is a core module on the BA (Hons) Social Work course at Level 4. You will be introduced to a range of social work theories and practice models applied to social work and begin to develop a critical understanding the ways different perspectives can contribute to social work practice with diverse populations within a wide range of settings.

    There will be a particular focus on a small selection of commonly used theories and models along with their main applications to critical and analytical thinking and reflection in relation to social work practice including factors guiding the choice and critical evaluation of these, and user-led perspectives.

    An emphasis is placed on reflective practice. As means to help you understand the multiple applications of theory to social work, you will use reflective practice cycles to explore and enhance your own professional development. Through the use of practice scenarios, you will also examine the relevance of theorisation to deeper understandings of adaptation and change.


    Human Growth and Development

    SK4011 is a core module on the BA (Hons) Social Work course at Level 4.. During the lecture series you will be introduced to key psychosocial theories that address growth and development across the human lifecycle. The lecture series highlights and explore the influences of early life experiences in later life. During this module you will develop an initial understanding of how theories apply to human development through a series of practical and experiential lectures and seminars


    Social Contexts and Social Policy

    SK4205 is a core module on the BA(Hons) Social Work course at Level 4. This module will enable you to begin to understand the interrelationship between social policy in the areas of social welfare, health, education, employment and the impact on social work practice. You will examine different ways that policy responds to social problems and consider their implications in relation to issues of culture, equality and diversity.

    You will also be introduced to key sociological concepts which inform such debates and have the opportunity to explore and chart the development of specific social problems with links to social work practice. An emphasis will be placed on equipping you with an awareness of the kinds of social problems you will may encounter in whilst undertaking Professional Practice Placement I during year two of the course.

  • Core Modules
  • Core Modules




Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.