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  • 1. Welcome to Social Work Education at Brunel University
  • 2. Social work at Brunel  Highest ranked social work department in the region, and in upper quartile of departments in all league tables;  Among the largest social work departments in London, recruiting approx 85 students each year;  Broad-based social work education ranging: BA, MA.,Post-qualifying and PhD;  Excellent performance at the most recent research assessment exercise: 20 in The Guardian;  Leader in social work research with an international reputation;  Qualified and experienced social work lecturers from the UK and around the world
  • 3. What is social work…? • Purposeful activity set within a legal & ethical framework • State social work/ Community based/ Campaigning • Involves values, skills, knowledge • Wide range of roles and responsibilities • More than an academic exercise • A reflective and critical process
  • 4. Who we are…  Experienced researchers with expertise in a range of social work practice areas (e.g. mental health, children and families, older people, health care, palliative care);  Effective teachers who can make clear links between research, theory and practice in teaching;  A majority of staff who are social work qualified, and others with related specialisms;  Service users, carers and providers with experience of social work from a variety of perspectives  Alumni
  • 5. The curriculum…  Delegated approval by HCPC;  Teaching underpinned by high quality research, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive perspectives, and reflective practice in a diverse learning environment;  Generic social work curriculum with an opportunity to specialise in a specific pathway in the final year;  Service user and social work practitioner involvement in teaching & interdisciplinary teaching across health and social care;  Small group teaching to aid and stimulate learning.
  • 6. Level 1… (includes 30 days skills development) – Introduction to academic & professional practice – Social Work: themes, roles & contemporary practice – Human behaviour & development – Self-reflection & skills development hub – Sociology – Introduction to law – Service users & providers
  • 7. Level 2… • Reflective practice • Theories for social work practice • Social policy in context • Social Work Law in context • Values & contemporary issues • Practice seminars • 70 day placement
  • 8. Level 3… • Research methods • Professional pathway (from work with children & families or adults) • Elective (from family work, groups & communities or social support, personalisation & networking) • Practice seminars • 100 day placement
  • 9. Placements…  Long term relationships with well established partner agencies  eg local authorities; Schools; Sure Starts; St Mungos; Kids Company; refuges  Dedicated team to develop and manage practice learning  Placements run concurrently with teaching
  • 10. What you need… • A Levels: 3 at B • GCSEs: minimum C for English & Maths + >C in 3 others OR • Access qualification in related subject OR • Equivalents + experience of social care and ability to reflect on this + ability to pass written test, group exercise and interview at selection day
  • 11. What you need… • Funding: – DH Bursaries for highest ranked students in Level 2 and 3 – Eligibility for student loan
  • 12. Social Work Careers • Most Brunel students find work in Local Authority children or adult services • Wide range of teams and specialisms • ‘Outsourcing’ more services means that private sector employers moving in • Voluntary sector • Meeting ex Brunel students
  • 13. Vibrant environment…