17th April 2001

 

SOCIAL WORK DEGREE FITS GOVERNMENT PLANS

 

New government plans to replace the two-year diploma in Social Work with a three-year degree course mean the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is ahead of the game.

 

ULH was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a three-year BA (Hons) in Social Work when it launched its new degree in 1998.

 

Now in its third year at the university’s Cottingham Road campus, the degree is exactly what the government ordered. The Department of Health has just announced  that the two-year diploma in social work, which serves as a licence to practise as a social worker, will be replaced by a three-year degree in 2003.

 

“The pleasing thing for us is that we were one of the first universities to have a fully integrated three-year Social Work degree with a high emphasis on practice skills – the very skills which the government is now saying will be the new standard,” commented Malcolm Golightley, Director of External Relations in the Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.

 

“We are working with partners in Hull including Kingston-upon-Hull Social Services and providing high-quality practice experience to prepare students for the future jobs market.”

 

Vacancies still exist on the BA (Hons) Social Work degree programme at Cottingham Road for September 2001. Teaching is due to continue at Cottingham Road for the foreseeable future before an eventual move to the university’s Hull city centre campus.

 

For more information contact Malcolm Golightley on 01482 464101 or Melissa N’Jie on 01482 464627.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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