Social workers support and protect some of society's most deprived and vulnerable people. It's immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. You also need a qualifying degree. The OU's BA (Honours) Social Work (England) is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and successful completion entitles you to apply for registration as a social worker. To take this course, you need to be working in a social care agency and be registered and supported by your employer, but students can pay their own fees.
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You'll be supported throughout by the OU's unique style of teaching and assessment - which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.