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Social Work and Social Welfare

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Study at undergraduate or postgraduate level

Make a difference to individuals, families, and communities lives with a qualification in social work, health and social care or social welfare law.

You'll gain the knowledge and skills to turn your passion for social justice into impact. You'll learn to work with a wide range of groups such as older people, people with disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, or people with debt, benefit, immigration, housing, substance misuse or consumer issues. 

The Social Work BA (Hons) course prepares you for a career in the personal social services or more general health and social care welfare settings. Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), successful completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with the HCPC and use the legally protected title 'social worker'. 

The BA (Hons) Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice course equips you for a career in a wide range of settings, including Housing Associations, Local Government, Law Centres, and large voluntary and community sector organisations such as Save the Children, MIND, Shelter, Age UK or Citizens Advice. 

The BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course will develop the knowledge relevant to a productive future in the health and social care sectors. Employability skills are embedded throughout the course, with a clear focus on how studies can be applied within the workplace.

If you’re looking for further education, our Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice MA allows advisers of all kinds to achieve a unique qualification through our well-established distance learning methods.

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Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career. 

This work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could be a broader experience designed to develop your employability skills. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience. 

Throughout this process students will be developing partnership working with service users and carers, and exploring how they can work effectively and creatively with them. This is a very important dimension for the Award as a whole, and we expect all our students positively to welcome, and to work in partnership with, members of our Service Users and Carers Group who are involved in the teaching on the programme. 

Our students

Debra Brown
Social Welfare Law, Policy And Advice Practice

I'm glad that I did the course, I never thought that I would achieve a degree and as I think I have already said, I think I'm a better person for it.

Our staff

Maqsoodah Ashraf
Maqsoodah AshrafHealth and Social Care Course Leader

I was employed by Lancashire County Council as a Qualified Social Worker for many years. I have worked with all service user groups and many health and social care organisations.

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Julie Tipping
Julie TippingSenior Lecturer & Course Leader

Julie has an extensive experience in advice work practice having worked for over 10 years in welfare rights and welfare benefit appeals. She is an experienced lecturer currently teaching on a number of modules including social welfare law & community care, equality and diversity and legal theory and practice.

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Richard Machin
Richard MachinCourse Leader

Richard’s research focuses on the impact of welfare reform and access to services for marginalised groups.

His modules include Housing Rights and Immigration & Asylum.

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