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The Department of Social Work is situated within the Faculty of Health and Social Care and offers a range of qualifying and post-qualifying courses.
The department is placed in the top ten in the Guardian league table for social work courses
There are a small number of bursaries still available for prospective students who wish to undertake either the BA Social Work or the MA Social Work. Applications for these programmes should be made through HEFCE.
The BA and MA in social work courses at the University of Chester lead to eligibility to register with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as a professional social worker. Each course maintains a high reputation with local authorities alongside numerous independent and voluntary service providers within social care. Each course is locally and nationally recognised due to innovative teaching methods, participative research and consistent high scores gained with the National Student Survey.
Alongside attendance at lectures and seminars, you also have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of two practice learning opportunities.
As a profession that draws from disciplines as diverse as sociology, psychology, social policy and applied philosophy, social work seeks to accommodate diverse needs. It is recognised as challenging yet engaging and rewarding. We seek to promote thoughtful, reflective, critical and responsible practitioners able to work and meet the complex needs of a range of service user groups. We also aim to develop the personal understanding, knowledge, skills and ethical principles required to practice as a social worker.
The programmes maintain a close working relationship with local authorities and key service providers within the independent and voluntary sectors. We have two dedicated Placement Coordinators who choose and develop placements to meet individual student learning needs.
The department offers the following provision;
The department also delivers the MA/PG Dip Applied Mental Health Practice programme which qualifies specified professionals to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). Social workers who successfully complete this programme are eligible to be awarded a PQ Higher Specialist Social Work Award. This programme includes the Approved Mental Health Professional training.
New to the department from September 2014, is the BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care. Our programme not only provides learners with access to diverse employment options in the health and social care sector, but will directly provide access to existing MA provision at the University of Chester. These include MAs in Social Work; Psychology and Counselling; Art Therapy; Management Studies; Professional Education; Public Health; and Applied Sciences.