Social work is a full-time programme and in the first year, you can expect to be in taught sessions on most days. In the second and third years, you will have one to two days of independent study each week.
Teaching and learning approaches include:
- Individual and group work
- Problem-based learning
While on placements, you will work during the normal hours of your placement agency and may be required to attend placements 5 days per week.
To ensure students are ready to practice, they are assessed in their first year through a communication exercise with a service user or carer and a shadowing exercise where they will shadow a social worker in their practice with service users and reflect on this experience.
Each module has its own assessment. This will usually include a written assignment. Some modules are also assessed through presentations, phase tests, or other appropriate forms of assessment.
Students undertake a research project in their third year where they have the opportunity to undertake research into an area of interest that is related to social work practice.
Teaching Contact Hours
Contact hours in a typical week will vary from week to week. . However, typically you will have up to 23 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) some weeks.
Medium group teaching: approx. up to 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Large group teaching: approx. up to 20 hours of lectures each week
Personal study: approx. up to 15 timetabled hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.
The timetable for each week varies and each week is made up of different activities.