UCLan is one of the largest, most well-established and highly regarded providers of social work and social care education and training in the UK. You will be able to draw upon our vast pool of expertise and practice experience whilst benefiting from bespoke training, research, consultancy and evaluation. Our research-active staff are engaged in a variety of activities that make a difference to the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people and influence policy and practice strategically and at grassroots level.
We offer fantastic opportunities for students to learn in the real world in a diverse range of settings. Recent trips have included the EU in Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Istanbul, Copenhagen and Washington DC. Closer to home, we visited the slavery museum in Liverpool; the workhouse in Ripon; the People’s History Museum in Manchester, and the House of Lords and House of Commons in London.
We have long standing relationships with a wide range of agencies across the North West who provide and support work based opportunities and placements for our students. These include community mental health and learning disability services, services working with offenders, domestic violence centres, homeless services, housing projects, women’s centres, youth centres and services, and older person services.
Our Social Work degree has been endorsed by The College of Social Work and approved by The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You’ll benefit from 170 days of practice placements and 30 skills delivery days. Each student is assigned a personal tutor who will work with you and visit you whilst on placement.
We thrive on working with motivated and committed students who want to make a difference in the community. Over the past two decades we have grown within a context of rapid social change. As the demands for highly qualified workers within the community and social care sector rise, we have achieved our commitment to raising the standards of practice through high quality education courses.
We have many extra-curricular activities including dedicated social work film and book clubs, and course outings. The nationally credited Social Work Book Club started here at UCLan, is an example of how students can learn and engage with subject matter in a highly interactive way. Our students have been instrumental in developing ‘Reading the World’, a highly innovative community project where students train as facilitators to work with hard to reach service users, supporting them to tell their story through poetry, the written word and movement. Ensuring a positive student experience whilst also making a sustainable difference in our community is at the heart of what we do.
You’ll also be able to further gain real work experience whilst studying through our established Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership. This award-winning centre rapidly gained a reputation for providing rich and innovative services and projects that help bring communities closer together, whilst enriching the experience and personal/career development of all those we work with.