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Career enhancing opportunities Social Work

Want to support people and their families? As a social worker, it will be your challenge to promote wellbeing in diverse communities and help individuals with complex needs.

Once you finish the course, you’ll feel ready for the role and be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England. Our graduates work with children, adults and their communities within local authorities and charities. You will be able to apply to work within the statutory, voluntary, private and independent sectors.

Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with a range of stakeholders and agencies in the statutory, voluntary, independent and private sector, as well as with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer a wide range of practice-based learning opportunities in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Our Better at Home Suite in our Clinical Skills and Simulation building also provides opportunities for career enhancement and preparation for practice. The Better at Home Suite is the perfect location for creating and acting-out scenarios focusing on the home environment such as visiting, dealing with and supporting service-users, and their families, in their home environment.

“Placements have given me a great deal of confidence. They have provided me with the chance to apply what I learned in the lectures to real-world situations and to gain a better understanding of issues and challenges faced by people as well as those faced by social workers. This degree has provided me with the opportunity to work with diverse populations, address social issues and inequalities, advocate for change, and make a meaningful difference in others’ lives. Through my learning, I have gained a better understanding of my own children’s needs, which has been valuable in providing better opportunities to support them. I hope to work for a local authority within a youth offending team when I graduate. This has always been an interest of mine as I have work with offenders as a support worker in a supported accommodation setting. Edge Hill University is very supportive. I have found that university treats everyone equally and makes it possible for everyone to achieve their goals despite personal or academic difficulties. They have given me confidence, courage and inspired me to reach my goals.”

Nicola Else
BA (Hons) Social Work
Nicola Else, Social Work student
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Better at Home Suite

Real world experience

At Edge Hill, you’ll learn on placements within local authorities, including Liverpool City Council, Lancashire County Council and organisations such as Sefton Advocacy (support for vulnerable adults) and CGL (Change, Grow, Live) alcohol and drug services.

The programme incorporates a minimum of 200 days of practice-based learning, including at least 170 days spent on placements and an additional 30 skills development days on campus. We will support you in being fully prepared for social work practice.

All placements are organised and monitored by the University, with both academic work and practice placements contributing to the overall outcome of your degree.

As practice education is arranged in collaboration with the Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership, most placements will be drawn from the partnership’s geographical footprint across Greater Merseyside, Cheshire West and Chester, and West Lancashire.

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June 10, 2022