- Suffolk County Council
- Place of work:
- Job term:
- Full Time
- Closing date:
- 05 June 2020 12:00 PM
Do you want to train for a career in Social Work?
This is an exciting opportunity for staff already employed in Suffolk County Council Children and Young People's Services (CYPS) and Adult and Community Services (ACS).
CYPS and ACS are offering self-funded places on the 3-year, full time BA (Hons) in Social Work course at the Open University (OU) commencing in October 2020.
Studying the BA Social Work with Open University:
This is a flexible distance learning 3-year programme undertaken whilst continuing to work in your current job. The programme consists of two 60-credit modules per academic year undertaken through study in your own time; attendance at group tutorials on Saturdays once a month at a regional venue and employer-allowed study time during each module.
The recommended study time by OU and LA:
If a K216 or K315 student is simultaneously taking other modules as part of the social work degree, they will require 36 study days each year, and should therefore be permitted to set aside one working day per week for study time.
If the student is only taking K216 or K315 and no other modules, they will require 18 study days each year, and should therefore be permitted to set aside a minimum of half a working day per week.
During the practice placements in Year 2 and 3, you will continue to be paid your salary as long as you complete your placement with Suffolk County Council. These two contrasting practice learning placements will be undertaken in ACS and CYPS social work teams and are organised by SCC WFD team.
The first module K102, 'Introducing Health and Social Care', starts in October 2020 followed by a practice learning module starting in February 2021. There is no placement in Year 1 but students who currently work in Social Care complete 2 days shadowing an experienced social work practitioner. In Year 2, there is a 70-day practice placement, starting end January/early February and a 100 day placement in the final year. Students are usually on placement for 4 days per week if working full time, with one study day per week.
Please note: If you are working part time you will be expected by SCC to undertake the placement dates 4 days per week and undertake 1 study day per week in your own time.
While students study, they receive support from a module tutor who guides them through the individual modules making up the degree. In addition, when students are on placement, they have a programme tutor who will offer support and guidance during their placement and undertake placement visits.
Reflective and practice skills are developed in regular monthly face-to-face obligatory workshops held on Saturdays. Workshop days together with other activities count towards the 30 skills days that all students need to complete.
This course is suitable for those who are able to and enjoy studying alone; are familiar with online study techniques; are motivated to organise well their own study time in balance with their work commitments and are able to achieve academic deadlines with minimum face-to-face academic teaching input.
The below link to the OU website outlines the course fees, study methods, course modules, as well as the number of assignments and course assessments you will undertake.
All the information you need to help you decide if you are eligible and wish to apply is found at: www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualifications
Please open the link and click on the 'Am I Ready?' tab for a comprehensive list of the OU academic entry requirements which you must meet and provide original certificates in order to be eligible to apply.
SCC selection criteria:
- You must have worked for Suffolk County Council for a minimum of one year prior to application
- You must have a permanent employment contract for a minimum of 18.5 hours per week with Suffolk County Council
- If you work part time you must agree to attend course practice placement dates in Year 2 and 3, four days per week
- Your current role needs to involve direct contact with children, young people and families, or adults, in a helping role
- You must discuss your wish to apply with your line manager and have their agreement as part of your PDR
- Line manager and Locality/Area manager agreement and references
- Evidence of aptitude and commitment to pursue a career in social work. An important aspect of this is the practice experience you may bring
- Able to provide original certificates prior to Assessment Day to demonstrate that you meet the qualification entry requirements (see OU webpage).
Financial arrangements with the OU:
If you successfully gain a place on the course, all course fees and travel to tutorials will be paid by you.
You may apply for a student loan during the 3-year programme if you don't already have a degree. The link below provides detailed information about your options with the OU: www.open.ac.uk/courses/fees-and-funding
Application and selection process:
First check you meet the SCC selection requirements and University entry requirements as outlined above and on the OU webpage. Discuss social work training with your line manager as part of your PDR. If it is agreed with your manager that you are supported to apply, complete the OU application pack which consists of an Application form, declaration form, Medical Fitness to Practice form and an Equal Opportunities form in the 'Related Information' section of this page.
You must name two referees in your application; the primary referee must be your line manager, and the secondary referee must be your locality or area manager. You and both your referees must complete relevant sections and sign and date the form. Please include an e-signature – typed / italics will not be accepted
Return your pack via recorded delivery by midday, 5 June 2020 FAO: Inge Nijkamp, 'BA Social Work Application' Workforce Development Team, Floor 4 Lime, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX
SCC managers, WFD and OU will shortlist candidates. If you are shortlisted, your application and details will be sent by Workforce Development Team to the OU for the administration team.
If you are shortlisted by SCC, this does not guarantee selection by the OU. OU will send you everything you need to prepare for the selection process which will take place alongside the interview process. Upon being shortlisted you will be asked to scan and provide your original certificates to demonstrate you have met all qualification entry requirements outlined on the OU webpage to WFD.
Applicants who are not shortlisted will be notified by a Workforce Development Advisor. Once accepted on the course there will be a campus day. These might be remotely considering the current COVID-19 epidemic.
Projected interview dates to be announced for July / early August 2020.