Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.
Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.
Bachelor of Arts with Honours Social Work, Level 6, 2020/21 - Course Handbook
Welcome to the Course
Welcome to the BA (Hons) Social Work course to our new and returning students. This handbook provides you with information that you will need to succeed on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a module handbook for each module you study on your course.
Your course team and the School of Health and Community Studies are committed to ensuring that you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the coming year. Your Academic Advisor and Course Leader are available to help with any questions regarding your learning support arrangements in 2020/21.
The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful. On behalf of our University and the whole course team we would like to wish you well in your studies.
David Mercer, Course Director and Melanie Watts, Course Leader
Welcome to your course in the School of Health and Community Studies. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.
The year ahead will contain successes, challenges, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academic staff and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.
The School has a broad range of disciplines in our Health Promotion, Nursing and Healthcare, Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, and Social and Community Studies groups. Our academic teams work collaboratively, drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and deliver internationally recognised, societally impactful research.
Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable, but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through module evaluations and surveys.
I wish you every success for this academic year.
Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School
Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!
Here in the SU we’re here to support, connect and represent you! Whether it’s gathering feedback on how you’re finding Uni, running in an election to become a full-time officer or joining a society, the SU’s got your back! Below you can find information on a few of our services including the advice service, student voice and how to be a course rep. If you’ve any questions on what the SU is, how it can support you or want to share feedback and have a rant, please feel free to message us. You can follow us on social media by searching LeedsBeckettSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information.
My role as your Education officer is to support and represent you. If you have feedback you’d like to pass on, want to chat about a campaign idea or about the many things on Disney+, then you’ve found your one stop shop gal! I’m a student just like you and study Speech and Language Therapy, for a fun fact, drop me a message, you can find me on Facebook by searching ‘Sherry Iqbal’
I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.
Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU
This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.
The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students.
Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.
The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21. We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.
Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.
In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies.
If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block. Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions.
How we will communicate with you
We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices.
As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite.
In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services. The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.
Key terms and conditions
Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process. It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.
Location of delivery
In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance.
Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.
Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.
Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.
The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost. The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device.
The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis.
Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider.
Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.
Policies, Standards and Regulations
Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.
In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances.
Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.
Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities
Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements. Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.
The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.
The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement.
Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.
Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.
Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.
Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course
We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status.
Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.
Teaching and Learning Activities
The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff.
You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning.
We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.
In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded.
In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.
If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).
Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School.
Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21
Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online.
We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.
We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours. However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat. The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services.
Access to Library support in 2020/21
The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services.
In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.
Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook.
Range of Support Services Available
There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance. The service contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.
Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook.
Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook.
In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.
At level 4/year 1, this course is being taught with the teaching block-based delivery (not in semesters) and your teaching block dates are provided in the 2020/21 Student Academic Calendar. Teaching blocks are 10 weeks long. Check your module handbooks for the dates of delivery and the assessment period for each module.
At levels 5 and 6/years 2 and 3, this course is being taught with a semester-based delivery (not in teaching blocks) and your semester dates are in the 2020/21 Student Academic Calendar below, which includes assessment periods, but do check your module handbooks for the dates of delivery and the assessment period for each module.
You will be informed where your course calendar dates differs from the standard calendars.
It is currently planned that lectures and other teaching activities will be delivered online given the current restrictions placed on social distancing but this will be reviewed at regular activities. Alongside this, there will be some thematic face-to-face seminar support to contextualise modules taught and provide contact with peers and tutors.
Students will be supported by a programme of asynchronous learning delivered online and some in-class activities. In-class delivery will be replicated through online teaching and support. The course team will provide support online through one-to-one and small group tutorials. This will serve to support students with support and skills delivery for remote engagement.
Access to a personal digital device to enable participation in digital and online learning, teaching and assessment is essential (see part one, Course fees section for more details). Online delivery may use a variety of platforms including Skype for Business and MS Teams. Other platforms may be used for specific activities. Support is available from the University to enable you to use platforms or software that you are unfamiliar with; you can download Microsoft Office onto your device by logging into your Office 365 portal from the IT tab on MyBeckett and you can obtain IT Support here: https://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support.
For PPE (personal protective equipment) on placement, students will follow your agencies’ guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of the services users.
Details of how students will be supported to engage with online content and assessment on the course will be covered at induction and detailed in your module handbooks, available on MyBeckett. You will be guided to the support available from the University to help with unfamiliar software or platforms for your modules. You will also be guided to our usual online resources, such as the Skills for Learning and the Library resources, and to the support provided by the Library Academic Support team. You will receive guidance on managing your independent study hours for each module undertaken.
Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch
Pastoral Support – academic advisors
During induction week you will be allocated an academic advisor/ personal tutor. Your advisor is your first point of contact and will offer structured tutorials. Your advisor will also be able to see you by appointment. Your advisor can direct you to other sources of advice and support as needed. Tutors are available for academic and personal discussion on both a scheduled and ‘drop-in’ basis. Tutors also support students through their practice placements. Where there are concerns, for example around health issues, conduct, suitability or attendance, tutors will offer support and advice and, where necessary convene a progress meeting to discuss the issues or concerns.
In addition to academic advisors, additional support is offered via a number of routes:
- The Course Director, David Mercer has an overview of the course as a whole and provides support with University processes and regulations. The Course leader, Melanie Watts facilitates the student experience and works with personal tutors to ensure students are supported with their studies. The Course Leader is the person to contact about any queries or questions about the organisation and delivery of your studies. They will also organise your focus groups and respond to student feedback in the first instance.
- Module tutors are available to discuss issues about the learning and assessment process for the specific module.
- The Placement Co-ordinator, Paula Beesley provides information and general support for students managing their placement and is supported by the Placement Unit.
- When undertaking practice placements students are supported by a Practice Educator who has undertaken relevant training and is contracted to provide regular supervision for the student.
Lyndsey Pearson, email@example.com, 0113 812 3230, Calverley Building room 518
When elected, your Course Representatives' details will be provided in class or via MyBeckett.
Social Work group contacts
- Lorraine Agu, Head of Social Work, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0113 812 4330, Portland 512
- David Mercer, Course Director Pre-qualification courses, email@example.com, 0113 812 4310, Portland 512
- Tracey Race, Course Director Post-qualification courses, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0113 812 4345, Portland 512
- Melanie Watts, Course Leader BAH Social Work, email@example.com, 0113 812 7506, Portland 512
- Mark Williams, Course Leader MA Social Work, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0113 812 4314, Portland 512
- Paula Beesley, Senior Lecturer / Placement lead, email@example.com, 0113 812 4405, Portland 512
- Maxine Bell, Senior Lecturer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0113 812 9855, Portland 512
- Sarah Harlow, Lecturer, email@example.com, 0113 812 3487, Portland 512
- Gill Impey, Senior Lecturer, firstname.lastname@example.org, Portland 512
- Alice O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer, email@example.com, Portland 512
- Lee Sobo-Allen, Senior Lecturer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0113 812 4907, Portland 512
- Part time tutors: Eleri Jones, Ged McGurn, Liz Powell, Gemma Riley, Jane Spooner
The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.
Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)
Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.
We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations via My Beckett email announcements. For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.
Your course team is based in Portland Building, fifth floor, and your School admin office is in Calverley Building room 518.
Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:
- Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
- Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
- Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
- Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.
Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students.
MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration:
- Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
- Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.
- Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.
Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.
Your course team will advise how Skype for Business and MS Teams will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.
Do you need to know more about joining your online teaching sessions or seminars? See the guidance from the Library on this link: How do I attend an online meeting/seminar/webinar?
This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.
Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.
Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app
You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.
The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.
We have designed a course that is generic in preparing newly qualified social workers to work with both children and adult social service users, yet also allows students to develop specialisms in relation to an area of practice towards the end of their studies. We seek to develop professionals who can draw upon evidence informed research to use appropriately to monitor and assess both the effectiveness of their practice and the delivery of social work in an inter-professional context.
In developing the course, the course team has been aware of its obligation to provide a unique knowledge and skill base in social work recognising the demands and requirements of the external bodies and professional requirements. Every aspect of the curriculum is informed by the Professional Capabilities Framework, which enables holistic assessment of students’ progress from the admissions process through to qualifying level and encourages a lifelong learning approach and a commitment to continuing professional education. Social Work England's Qualifying Education and Training Standards also underpin the core values and the assessment, learning and teaching of the course. Similarly, the Knowledge and Skills Statements for Social Work for adults and children inform learning and teaching, particularly at qualifying level.
The course offers a programme of applied and blended learning which supports the development of a diverse range of learners. The course also aims to develop confident and resilient professionals who are able to take on the further challenges of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, the employer-led programme of support and assessment for new social workers.
Studying on this course
The BA (Hons) Social Work is an academic and practice based award over three years. You will receive an undergraduate degree but also be eligible to apply to register as a social worker. Throughout the course we will also be training you in the practice based capabilities framework, the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and the Knowledge and Skills Statements. The Social Work programme at the University has developed strong partnerships with employers and placement providers from the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. In particular, we have entered into a new Teaching Partnership with Leeds City Council, Wakefield Council’s Adults and Children’s Services and University of Leeds. This employer led approach to the curriculum guarantees that Leeds Beckett students will be able to access high quality statutory placements during the course of study. The programme has been commended for the involvement of service users and carers in the development and delivery of our Courses.
We expect high standards of professional conduct from all involved in the course and students are required to have Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
At the end of the course, students are able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to critically apply evidence based knowledge, theory and skills to inform competent social work practice.
- Demonstrate the ability to be accountable for the management and development of self as a professional practitioner.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the impact of organisational context and change on effective social work practice.
- Apply critical reflection and analysis in order to provide solutions to problems in practice.
- Apply global principles of human rights and citizenship principles to demonstrate best practice in working with a range of service user groups.
- Transfer a range of generic skills to the positive development of effective and enterprising social work practice.
Level 6 provides an opportunity for students to consolidate knowledge and skills in readiness for autonomous professional practice. Students use research skills to critically evaluate the evidence base for professional decision making and critically reflect on their role and values within a local, national and global social work context. By the end of the level, students will be able to:
- Synthesise knowledge and concepts to critically analyse contemporary social work issues and make judgements about best practice.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the local, national and global context of social work practice.
- Demonstrate the professional capabilities, transferable skills and graduate attributes necessary for registration and employment in social work practice.
- Use problem-solving approaches and critical evaluation to interpret and evaluate information and make appropriate decisions and judgements.
- Work autonomously and in partnership with others and accept responsibility for own development.
- Demonstrate a commitment to principles of social justice, citizenship and empowering practice and the qualities of leadership to promote best practice in social work.
Assessment & Feedback
For students commencing from 2019-20, levels 4 and 5
At level 4, module assessments are mainly coursework, practical assessments (presentations) and a portfolio.
At level 5, module assessments are a mix of coursework, practical assessments, an examination and a portfolio for practice.
At level 6, module assessments are coursework, an examination and a portfolio for practice.
For students commencing prior to 2019-20, level 6
At level 4, module assessments were mainly coursework and practical assessments.
At level 5, module assessments are a mix of coursework, an examination and a portfolio for practice.
At level 6, module assessments are coursework, an examination and a portfolio for practice.
Please note, alternative written assessments will be organised instead of examinations in 2020/21 due to the Covid-19 situation.
Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.
Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.
For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at email@example.com or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.
It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.
It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.
If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.
You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.
Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.
Formative assessment is integrated throughout the modules on the course. Some modules have skills based sessions in the communication skills suites allowing tutors and peers to provide students with instant feedback on their skills and application of knowledge. Formative feedback is also provided through class activities, such as presentations, debates and discussions, online discussion boards and through group activities. Students are required to submit regular reflections to their e-portfolios at each level and the ongoing development of reflective skills is facilitated through regular feedback from the personal tutor. The instructional design of experiential learning activities has been carefully managed to provide immediate feedback to students and offer opportunities for remediation and development.
For summative assessments, students submit a feedback form with thieir assignments, so that feed forward can be targeted to their learning development needs and these are used in personal tutorials to develop personal action plans. At the beginning of levels 5 and 6, students meet with their tutor to set out their learning needs for that academic year. Exemplars and model answers, particularly from practice learning, are used in some modules to provide generic feedback to students.
In relation to assessment feedback, there is sometimes a perceived delay between submitting an assessment and receiving feedback, as work has to be marked and moderated, before feedback can be given, but this will normally be within the standard four weeks return period.
Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online/
Results will appear on Results Online within five working days from the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).
If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.
The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.
If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your module leader or Academic Advisor for any clarification.
If a placement is failed, please see the information in the Additional or Non-Standard Regulations section below.
Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.
Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.
Teaching & Learning
When on campus, teaching takes place in multi-purpose teaching spaces throughout the University, with additional specialist teaching and learning facilities for inter-personal skills development and experiential learning within the School. Teaching approaches include staff and/ or practitioner led lectures (including podcasts, lecture recordings, online seminars) and workshops for skills development.
Thirty days for skills development are embedded throughout the curriculum. This incorporates a readiness for practice assessment and has been used creatively to prepare students for their first and second placements.
Social work practitioners and service users and carers work alongside academic tutors and students in developing students’ practice skills against the Professional Capabilities Framework and knowledge and skills statements. Examples include activities to develop and assess communication and inter-personal skills and court and report writing skills.
To develop active learning, students are encouraged to participate in student-led seminars and presentations, as well as group work activities and action learning sets to promote shared learning, peer feedback and team working skills. Analytical skills and critical thinking are developed through reflective learning blogs and critical incident analyses as well as problem based learning activities. Problem based learning, case study analysis and experiential learning are used to integrate theory and practice and to develop critical application of theory.
Interpersonal skills are central to social work practice and these are taught through the use of dedicated communication skills facilities to rehearse and develop inter-personal skills using feedback approaches that involve social work professionals, service users and carers. The role plays and activities involve scripted roles and are recorded. Students are assured of confidentiality and respect and are asked to sign consent forms. Ground rules are agreed and established early in the course, which emphasise the importance of mutual respect and support. We may sometimes use videos as promotional materials, but students are required to provide consent for this.
Electronic portfolios are widely used throughout the curriculum to demonstrate evidence of skills development and reflective learning. These are introduced at level 4 to support student proficiency so that the portfolios can be used more effectively in practice placements in levels 5 and 6 to evidence achievement of the professional practice standards to support learning within the practice context. Multi-media sources are used to engage and support student learning either in the classroom or in the Virtual Learning Environment. Students engage in a range of experiential learning opportunities throughout the levels as well as workshops to support court and tribunal skills.
Working in partnership with other professionals is also an important part of social work learning and at each level of the course students are required to engage with School-wide inter-professional learning with students from other health and social care courses.
Level 4 core modules
Development of Professional Skills
Readiness for Practice
Understanding Law & Policy
Understanding Social Work
Working with Diversity
Level 5 core modules
Contemporary Challenges for Social Work Practice
Models of Intervention
Practice Placement 1
Skills for Practice
Social Work with Adults
Social Work with Children & Young People
Level 6 core modules
Practice Placement 2
Professional & Ethical Social Work Practice
Professional Skills for Qualifying Practice
Social Work in the Global Context
Level 6 delivery in 2020/21 - indicative
Social Work in the Global Context
Professional Skills for Qualifying Practice
Practice Placement 2
A standard 20 credit module equates to 200 notional learning hours, comprising teaching, learning and assessment, embedded placement activities and independent study. The notional hours for the course have been exceeded due to the placement hours requirement.
For students commencing from 2019-20
Overall workload in hours
Teaching and Learning
Independent Study and Assessment
Placement and placement activities
For students commencing prior to 2019-20
Overall workload in hours
Teaching and Learning
Independent Study and Assessment
Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Health & Community Studies Website.
Attendance & Absence
The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.
We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.
The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.
Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.
Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.
Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.
If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.
You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.
If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.
For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.
If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages
Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see www.ukcisa.org.uk or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.
For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website (www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/) or contact the International Student Advice Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course
Social Work England
This course was approved by the previous social work regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council. From 2 December 2019, responsibility for the approval of courses transferred to Social Work England. This course remains approved by Social Work England. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration and to practise as a social worker in England.
Social Work England’s current Covid-19 guidance for students can be found here: https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/coronavirus/information-for-students/
It is important to behave in a professional manner both within and outside University. This includes use of social media, communication to staff and students, behaviour within the classroom or within online activities and in negotiating difficulties or problems while on the course. Tutors will monitor professionalism and address any concerns raised.
'In Year' Work Placement Information
Students are required to complete assessed practice in levels 5 and 6 (years 2 and 3) of the course, and undertake volunteering or paid employment in level 4 (year 1) in a relevant social care field.
Social work placements are due to be delivered with placement providers at each level as outlined below. Delivery, timing and placement setting may vary due to the impact of the Covid-19 situation on placement availability. Students will often be working remotely while on placement. In exceptional circumstances relating to Covid 19, alternative practice assessments may be considered. Students would be fully consulted on any potential changes.
Level 4 social care experience - 100 hours
Level 5 placement - 70 days
Level 6 placement - 100 days
Level 4 social care experience: student’s choice
Level 5 placement: normally with local authorities or health and social care organisations that undertake statutory social work tasks
Level 6 placement: within a statutory context
Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities
Through involvement in the course apprentices experience, develop and/or are assessed in a range of work-related transferable skills:
- Technical skills, using technology rich environments for academic study and personal and professional development
- Organisation and planning
- Group/interpersonal skills within the course cohort and with wider groups of professionals and service users and carers through, e.g., inter-professional learning workshops
- Data collection and interpretation
- Theory and principles
- Analysis and reflection
- Application and reflection
- Synthesis and evaluation
- Creativity: apprentices are encouraged to apply theories and processes creatively to solve problems and create enterprising solutions
- Report writing
You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.
There are three Graduate Attributes for Leeds Beckett University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course. Information on your assessment is included in your Module Handbooks.
Digital Literacy: At level 4, students are encouraged to develop basic research and presentation skills and learn about their professional responsibilities in using ICT sources, including social media. Throughout the course, communication skills are developed and assessed through simulated learning and feedback. This involves using a specialist suite to deepen and develop communication skills through role play and other recorded activities. In the Practice Placements modules, students use e-portfolios to demonstrate evidence of application of theory to practice and reflection on own learning and values. Throughout practice placements, students are required to demonstrate evidence of proficiency in using online assessment systems, assessment and risk management tools and case recording as well as being able to use digital literacy to work with other professionals and gather relevant information from service users, families and carers. In a number of level 5 modules students engage with a range of databases sources of evidence. At level 6, students are required to use databases and search engines to find appropriate evidence to support their independent learning and problem-solving abilities in all modules. They continue to use an e-portfolio in the Practice Placement 2 module to demonstrate the professional capabilities, transferable skills and graduate attributes necessary for registration and employment in social work practice.
Enterprise: Throughout the course, the students are provided with opportunities to progressively develop entrepreneurial skills and behaviours such as self-confidence, effective networking, autonomy and self-management, creativity and problem solving, negotiation and intuitive decision-making. At level 4 students engage with a range of learning activities and assessments to develop the transferable skills of self-management, autonomous and effective learning strategies and team working skills, as well as working on individual and group tasks to develop problem-solving skills and propose creative solutions to problems. These skills are further developed at level 5, through the Practice Placement 1 module, with an emphasis on decision making in practice and advanced communication skills such as negotiation and managing challenging situations. At level 6, creativity, self-management and problem solving is encouraged through the Social Work in a Global Context and the Practice Placement modules. In addition, inter-professional learning focuses on team working skills and culminates in multi-disciplinary problem-solving exercises at level 6. Readiness for employment is developed throughout the course, principally in the Practice Placement modules, but is also developed through authentic assessments, such as observational exercises and assessments, interviews and presentations, report writing and court skills exercises.
Global Outlook: Social work practice is underpinned by global principles of human rights, citizenship and social justice and these key values are embedded throughout the course. At level 4, the Working with Diversity module introduces concepts about cultural diversity and key social work values are explored in the Understanding Social Work module. At level 5, comparative models of intervention are explored in the Models of Intervention module and principles of human rights, social justice, citizenship and cultural diversity are explored in relation to a range of service user groups in Children and Young People, Social Work with Adults and Contemporary Challenges for Social Work modules. At level 6, the Social Work in the Global Context module explores the impact of globalisation on social work practice and through an extended case study method, students can link the micro social policy that shapes contemporary UK social work practice to macro global forces such as inequality, migration and political economy.
Level 4: Students are expected to enhance their social care experience within level 4. This is either through volunteering or paid employment in a relevant social care field. Students can use the volunteering team to help plan this experience. Students are given advice and support from academic staff about linking what they are learning at University to their social care experience. This work related activity also supports their readiness for practice assessment, by encouraging the development of their communication skills and developing professional identity and confidence. Skills development days throughout the levels also provide a targeted way of integrating theory to practice and focusing on particular issues for professional development.
Level 5: The first placement of 70 days supports students’ development further in relation to integrating theory to practice. By the end of the first placement students are able to apply skills, knowledge and values to predominantly less complex situations within the practice context. The assessment of practice is guided by professional requirements in understanding developing competence within practice settings. Throughout their placement, students are supported by a practice educator and/or a work based supervisor depending on the individual placement setting. At the end of the first placement, students are also assessed as to their readiness for undertaking a more challenging second placement within a statutory context. The Skills Development programme within level 5 assists with developing professional skills to enable transition to the final placement.
Level 6: The second placement of 100 days enables students to become autonomous practitioners who are able to meet the challenges of qualified practice within a complex and evolving social work and social care economy. Students are assessed in the final placement within a statutory context. Students are expected to be able to work independently within more complex practice situations, while still seeking appropriate support and supervision. For example, students are expected by the end of final placement to be able to deal with other professionals autonomously and be able to present written and verbal information to a qualifying standard commensurate with the PCF. Throughout their placement, students are supported by a practice educator.
With your theoretical knowledge combined with your placement experience, you will be able to start practising as a social worker straightaway after registration. Successful completion of the course will enable you to apply for registration as a social worker. You could also access a range of other careers, such as mental health practitioner, drug practitioner or community worker. Roles undertaken by graduates include social workers, community development workers and probation officers.
The University also provides post-qualifying training and education. This promotes the continued professional development of our alumni, many of whom return to work with us in partnership as Practice Educators for the new generation of social work students.
If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.
Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.
The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.
As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.
If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.
Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on email@example.com. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.
Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.
The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.
Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments
Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.
Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.
The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.
Library Academic Support
The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.
The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:
- In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area. These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
- On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments. The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.
Library and Student IT Advice Service
The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:
- online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
- by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)
They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.
Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., email@example.com
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.
Microsoft Office 365
You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.
OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.
Leeds Beckett RemoteApp
The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.
Media Equipment – free loans
You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.
The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.
We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.
Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.
Tel: 0113 812 8400
The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.
We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.
Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:
Tel: 0113 812 8400
MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:
• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice
Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.
The physical and online resources available for this course include:
- Classroom and lecture facilities with PC and smartboard facilities.
- Social learning spaces with individual tutorial rooms.
- Throughout the course, experiential learning through role play involving practitioners and actors is part of the development of communication skills. Specialist suites are used for this work within the University.
- Practice placements are a vital part of the course.
- Online learning repository ‘MyBeckett’ which contains lectures, notices, assignment submission facilities.
Social work bursaries
You may be eligible for a NHS Social work bursary and a contribution towards placement expenses (UK students only), see: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/social-work-students
Students may receive a bursary for years 2 and 3 of the course. In accordance with the Department of Health & Social Care guidance, all students are ranked for a Social Work Bursary at the end of year 1. The rank order is obtained with particular reference to overall assessment average, attendance (where absence has not followed the attendance policy outlined above). We may also refer to the scores awarded to each applicant during the interview and selection process. The names of those candidates are sent in rank order to the NHS Bursaries team. Whilst Leeds Beckett rank candidates on the basis of their performance through the admissions process, the NHS Bursaries team assess candidates for their eligibility for a bursary. You are advised to consult the NHS Bursaries team for further information.
Students who suspend their studies or who fail one or more modules may not be eligible for further funding. Serious concerns about a student’s course attendance may impact on their eligibility to receive bursary funding in the final year of the course. This means that a student who has been allocated a bursary for year two may not (in accordance with SW/NHS bursary rules) receive continued funding. Students may be removed from the capped nomination list if their attendance and engagement on the course falls below that which is expected. Students should consult with the bursary office if they are considering taking time out from the course for any reason (eg temporary withdrawal or maternity leave) as it is likely to affect the provision of the bursary made by the Social Work bursaries.
We would stress we do not know in advance of each year if and how many bursaries are going to be awarded. The Government is reviewing social work bursaries and we do not know at present the impact this will have on future years.
We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.
We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.
Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.
Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.
You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.
As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.
Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.
We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.
We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.
If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages
Bachelor of Arts Social Studies
Diploma of Higher Education Social Studies
Certificate of Higher Education Social Studies
Leeds Beckett University
Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of levels 4, 5, and 6 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England (360 credits in total)
The course is only delivered full-time.
City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)
In 2020/21, the course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions, when possible. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning.
Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.
Policies, Standards & Regulations
Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:
• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)
Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page
You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.
The course follows the University Academic Regulations except where noted below.
Fitness to Practise: The course is authorised to use the University Fitness to Practise Policy. Students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times in line with the Policy. https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/policies/student/ups_fitness_to_practise_policy_procedure.pdf
Progression and achievement of the award: All assessments, components of assessment, modules and placements, must be passed for progression to the next level and for the conferment of the award. The course does not allow for compensation or condoning of marks by the Progression and Award Board.
Mitigation: No mitigation is allowed for the practice component.
Attendance: As well as following the University’s attendance policy, the course has minimum attendance requirements of 80% for University sessions and 100% attendance on placement for the Practice Placement 1 and 2 modules. Details of how absences are managed are detailed in the Course Handbook and the Placement Handbooks. Attendance is monitored through the personal tutor process and in liaison with the Course Leader and Course Director.
Contained Awards: The contained awards do not provide eligibility to apply for registration as a social worker.
Placement progression: Placement progression is assessed through the practice settings and professional requirements. The Practice Assessment Examination Committee (PAEC) meets twice yearly to discuss practice assessments and makes recommendations concerning the progression of students to the Progression and Award Board.
Failing placement: Students normally have only one opportunity to repeat a placement throughout the course. Students who fail two assessed practice learning placements across the whole course will be deemed to have failed the course and a recommendation made to the Progression and Award Board for the student to be withdrawn from the course and be credited with completed modules. This includes students who withdraw from placement following practice concerns and/or an action plan. Students in this situation will be discussed at PAEC and a fail recommendation will normally be suggested.
The University cannot guarantee that a repeat placement can be sourced but will work with partners in the Teaching Partnership to make every reasonable effort to do so. Students who fail or withdraw from placement will complete a Readiness for Practice plan with their tutors, prior to any repeat placement, as outlined below.
Readiness for practice: The Professional Capabilities Framework outlines a number of statements relating to Readiness for Practice for student social workers which impact upon student progression as follows:
- Prior to first placement, students are assessed on their communication skills and ability to learn from feedback. The ability of students to apply basic social work knowledge, skills and values will also be assessed through a recorded role play and written reflection.
- Students are also assessed at the end of the first practice placement concerning their readiness to progress to the second practice placement where more complex work will be undertaken.
- Students who have failed or withdrawn from placement must complete a Readiness for Practice Plan as determined by their tutor which will be considered by Practice Assessment Examination Committee (PAEC). Students who fail to undertake or complete a Readiness for Practice Plan will not be offered a further practice placement. All External Examiners are invited to attend the PAEC and it is a requirement that at least one will be available for this meeting.
The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.
Mr David Goosey, Independent consultant
Mr Karl Mason, Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London
Mrs Lynda McDonald, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
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