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BA (Hons) Social Work course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BA (Hons) Social Work studies, we’ve gathered together a range of activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Suggested reading

You will be given far more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September. So we don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. In the meantime, if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, the list below includes textbooks that will help you prepare for your Year One modules:

  • Horner, N. (2018) What is Social Work? (5th ed) Exeter: Learning Matters.
  • Thompson, N. (2015) Understanding Social Work.  Preparing for Practice (4th ed) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bottomley, J. Cartney,P,  Pryjmachuk, S. (2018) Studying for your Social Work Degree (Critical Study Skills) Critical Publishing Ltd
  • Thorpe, C. (2018) Social Theory for Social Work. Oxon: Routledge.
  • Cunningham, J. and Cunningham, S. (2014) Sociology and Social Work (2nd ed) London: Sage, Learning Matters.
  • Doel, M. (2016) Rights and Wrongs in Social Work. London: Red Globe Press.
  • Thompson, N. (2020) Anti-Discriminatory Practice: Equality, Diversity and Social Justice: 28 (Practical Social Work Series) Paperback.

Detailed and updated reading lists will be provided in your module handbook. These are supplied during the first session of every module.

Things to do over summer

Here are some ways in which you might begin to prepare yourself for the degree. It would be helpful to keep abreast of current affairs and important developments in social care by reading quality newspapers and magazines.

Your induction week

During your induction you will be looking at the development of your academic skills. Please come prepared for this by thinking about your existing academic writing and study skills. Make a note of any particular aspects you feel you need to improve or enhance.

Your full induction week timetable will be available over the summer and we’ll send you an email when it’s ready to view.

Your semester one timetable

Your full semester timetable will be provided during your first week. And you can find the dates of each semester on our website. Please do not book holidays during term times as you will miss valuable learning opportunities.

There are two directed study/reading weeks when you will not need to attend university. These will take place in October and February. Please check your timetable, once published, for confirmed dates.

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