27th May 2005

 

CHANCE TO STUDY SOCIAL WORK IN LINCOLN

 

If you enjoy working with people and are looking for a career change then the University of Lincoln’s new Social Work degree course could be just what you’re  looking for.

 

The university has taught Social Work in Hull since 1980 but from September the subject will also be taught as a three-year full-time course at the Brayford Pool campus in Lincoln.

 

Prospective students and agencies with an interest in social care are being invited to a launch event on Wednesday 15th June at the university’s Riseholme Park campus.

 

“People come to social work from completely diverse backgrounds,” says lecturer Barbara Cobbold, who has been co-ordinating the development of the new course.

 

“Our ideal students will have some sort of idea of what social care is about and an ability to work with people. People who enrol on social work courses are often more mature as they have more life experience and are keen to use their knowledge to help others.”

 

The University of Lincoln was one of 19 UK universities which began teaching the new degree in Social Work in 2003.

 

The main difference between the new degree and the old one is the amount of time students spend in practice placements – students at Lincoln spend 200 days in practice compared to 130 days on the old course.

 

“Students study contemporary social issues,” Barbara explains. “They get the theoretical input at the university and then in their second and third years, under the supervision of an assessor, they work in the practice and come out with a portfolio of evidence to show how their practice is improving.”

 

Graduates typically find work in the statutory, voluntary or non-statutory sector – they might work in schools or for Government agencies like Sure Start, or they might work for a charity such as Age Concern.

 

“Our course has an excellent reputation nationally and over 90 per cent of our graduates are employed within six months in some kind of relevant job.”

 

Students who enrol on the course are eligible for a bursary of up to £5,000 per year from the General Social Care Council to cover tuition fees and travel expenses.

 

For more details about the course or about the launch event on 15th June contact Barbara Cobbold on 01482 311236.

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk