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The award
BSW (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
EU 3000

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 3000

All study options

About Social Work at University College Cork

Overview

TheBachelor of Social Work (BSW)will make you eligible to apply to be registered as a social worker with regulatory bodies in Ireland and internationally. This full-time four-yearundergraduate degree is open to mature students only, andintegrates university-based and agency-based learning. Successful completion leads to an academic qualification (BSW) and it is approved by the Health and Social Care Professional Council as a social work training course.

Course Details

Years 1 and 2 of the course are college-based and lectures take place over two 12-week semesters.

In Years 3 and 4, you undertake one semester in college and another on a 14-week professional placement.

Year 1 Modules:

AP1110 Psychology as Science (5 credits);

AP1149 Introduction to Development and Social Psychology (5 credits);

EC1121 & EC1122 Markets, Governments and Economics of Social Issues I & II (5 credits each); or PA11104 & PA1105 Market Analysis and Evaluation of Social Issues 1 & 2 (5 credits each);

SS1017 & SS1018 Politics and Social Policy 1 & 2 (10 + 5 credits respectively);

SS1202 Introduction to Social Work Theory, Methods and Skills (10 credits);

SC1012 Introduction to Sociology (5 credits);

SC1013 Key Issues in Sociology (10 credits);

Year 2 Modules:

Social Policy: Child Care Policy; Mixed Economy of Welfare and Personal Social Services; Social Policy and Social Work; Introduction to Social Work Practice

Social Work: Skills Laboratory; Social Work Methods; Social Work Practice Contexts; Social Recovery Approaches to Mental Health; Social Research

Year 3 Modules:

Law: Legal Studies

Social Work: Placement; Placement Portfolio; Life Courses, Biographies and Reflective Learning; Child Care and Protection Practice; Deviance; Welfare and Justice; Social Work Methods

Year 4 Modules:

Law: Legal Studies

Social Work: Placement; Placement Portfolio; Anti-Racism and Anti-Discriminatory Practice; Contemporary Issues in Social Work; Action Research Study

As a professionally validated course, the BSW has a mandatory attendance policy. In order to have a clear record of attendance, class attendance records are kept.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Fact File

Course Code: CK115

Course Title: Social Work

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSW (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.

2016 Entry Requirements: The BSW Degree Programme is only available to those who have reached 23 years of age by 1 January of the year of proposed entry to UCC. Applicants are short-listed for interview based on MSAP results and the personal statement submitted with their CAO Application.

2017 Entry Requirements: The BSW Degree Programme is only available to those who have reached 23 years of age by 1 January of the year of proposed entry to UCC. Applicants are short-listed for interview based on MSAP results and the personal statement submitted with their CAO Application.

Entry Points: *Mature Entry*

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours:The BSW is a full-time undergraduate course which is demanding in terms of the commitment required to undertake it. Each year of the course has 12-15 lecturing hours per week.

Expected reading hours: You will be expected to undertake at least 15 hours reading time in order to meet the assignment deadlines.

Expected practical hours:During Years 3 and 4 you will spend a semester (14 weeks) on a social work placement. While on placement, normal working hours apply (eg 9am-5pm).

Other practicalities
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here.

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on this progamme.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have written examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.

The BSW course is assessed through a variety of methods, including continuous assessment, exams and practice placements (14 weeks in Years 3 and 4). There is also a compulsory attendance policy and you are required to fully attend all lectures, tutorials and practice placement. In order to pass each module, you must satisfy the attendance requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants.

Further Contact Information

Gerard Mannix

BSW Course Secretary

T: +353 (0)21 490 2899

E: g.mannix@ucc.ie

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSW (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEU 3000International course feesEUR 3000

Notes about fees for this course

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.

2016 Entry Requirements: The BSW Degree Programme is only available to those who have reached 23 years of age by 1 January of the year of proposed entry to UCC. Applicants are short-listed for interview based on MSAP results and the personal statement submitted with their CAO Application.

2017 Entry Requirements: The BSW Degree Programme is only available to those who have reached 23 years of age by 1 January of the year of proposed entry to UCC. Applicants are short-listed for interview based on MSAP results and the personal statement submitted with their CAO Application.

Entry Points: *Mature Entry*

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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