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BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales) free course icon

 

BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales)

Social workers support and protect some of society's most deprived and vulnerable people. It's immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. We offer a distance learning, work-based route to the degree in social work alongside our employer partners. It opens up a host of opportunities to people who, for one reason or another, require a more flexible and individualised approach to social work training. Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with Social Care Wales (SCW).

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BA (Honours) Social Work (England)

Social workers support and protect some of society's most deprived and vulnerable people; it's immensely challenging and rewarding work. It requires a high level of motivation and commitment, and you'll also need a qualifying degree. Our BA (Honours) Social Work (England) is approved by Social Work England (SWE), and successful completion entitles you to apply to the regulatory body for registration as a social worker. You'll also need to be working in a social care agency, and be registered and supported by your employer, to take this course.

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BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland)

Social workers support and protect some of society's most deprived and vulnerable people. It's immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. The OU offers a work-based distance learning route to the degree. Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), working in either children's or adult services. To take this course, you need to be working in a social care agency in Scotland, whether or not you're sponsored by your employer. You'll also need to be released from your substansive post to undertake two 100-day placements. In exceptional circumstances, placements within your work setting can be considered but will require the approval of the Social Work Team in Scotland.

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

This certificate explores ideas about what social work is ? using case studies with children, older people, mental-health communities, children with disabilities and people with learning disabilities to apply learning to practice contexts. You'll also build key skills in information and communication technologies, digital and information literacy and reflective writing.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

Social care in Scotland is increasingly multidisciplinary and community focused ? requiring a skilled, adaptable workforce to deliver high quality services. This diploma will deepen your understanding of social care and social work, and develop the knowledge and skills you need to support vulnerable adults and children effectively in multiple settings. It places a strong emphasis on working across professional boundaries, with service users firmly at the centre.

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Non-medical independent and supplementary prescribing

This programme is designed to enable you to gain the knowledge and skills required for safe, appropriate and effective prescribing practice. It will empower you to enhance your role and effectively use your skills and competencies to improve patient care. You'll have the opportunity to consider contemporary research and its importance in the continued development and implementation of best practice. You'll become equipped as an Independent/Supplementary Prescriber ready to be responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions, together with the decision-making skills required in clinical management.

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Investigating health and social care

In an age in which various kinds of knowledge and research can be instantly available via the internet it is essential for health and social care students to learn discernment, and critical appreciation of the best knowledge and research available. This module concentrates on teaching you the skills necessary to conduct an investigation into a subject area of your own choice, related to either ageing society and older people or public health, in a systematic way through a literature review.

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Foundations for social work practice

Are you interested in social work or social care? Whatever your starting point, this key introductory OU level 1 module will develop your knowledge of the key roles of social care/social work, and introduce the standards and codes of practice relevant to each UK nation. You will also build key skills in information and communication technologies (ICT), information literacy and reflective writing. This module includes completion of a practice portfolio based on your current experience (within six months of module start) of paid or voluntary work in an appropriate social care setting. The module also includes participation in three online practice skills workshops, and four online tutorials.

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Extending your contribution to healthcare practice

This online, practice-based module is designed for healthcare assistants working across a range of healthcare settings. In this module, you will explore the opportunities and challenges you may face in promoting healthy lifestyles, in caring for people with acute and long-term conditions, and providing end-of-life care. Investigating a range of case studies will enable you to reflect on your practice and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to meet patient/service users' needs and enhance your practice. Throughout the module you will apply your learning to practice where your competence will be assessed.

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An introduction to social work

Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice? This free course, An introduction to social work, begins by introducing key ideas, values, the social work process and the skills needed for social work practice in the UK. You will then move on to look at social work with individuals. Finally this OpenLearn course considers reflective practice.

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Improving diabetes management

This course provides an introduction to the medical, psychological and social dimensions of diabetes. You will learn about the parts of the body and physiological processes involved in diabetes. This 55 hour non-accredited online course covers diagnosis and treatment as well as day-to-day management and monitoring for complications. You will also study diabetes within the context of the everyday life of the person with the condition. Living well with diabetes as well as the potential social and psychological impact is also considered. This course has been designed with a wide range of people in mind: people with diabetes, carers, lay educators and a variety of health care practitioners, including clinical support workers.

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Improving end-of-life care

This 40-hour multimedia online course is focused on improving end-of-life care for adults. It covers different understandings of and support for 'a good death', effective communication, grief and bereavement and ethics in end-of-life care. Written assuming no prior knowledge, the online learning guides support you in building your understanding of end-of-life care by working step-by-step through audio and video accounts from practice and written case studies, as well as accessible discussions of up-to-date research and theory.

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