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The Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (BSW(Hons)) provides an advanced option at 400-level for students completing the BSW degree. BSW(Hons) students complete the main requirements of the BSW degree but also take extra courses of a more research-intensive nature and produce a dissertation. Achievement of a BSW(Hons) provides either an excellent pathway into Social Work practice (particularly where a strong research element is required) or establishes students with foundational skills in postgraduate-level social work research as a basis for continuing on to further postgraduate study.
Students are selected for entry into the BSW(Hons) at 400-level based on academic achievement in 300-level BSW courses.
Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (BSW(Hons))
A candidate admitted to an Honours programme shall complete the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work except that the final year’s course must comprise:
Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (BSW(Hons))
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
- Admission to the Honours programme will be based upon an applicant’s academic performance in the third year of the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work.
Note: Admission to and enrolment in the programme are subject to safety checking of students for suitability to work with children, as required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
Structure of the Programme
- A candidate admitted to an Honours programme shall complete the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work as set out in the Schedule for that degree except that the final year’s course must comprise SOWK 402 and SOWK 403, (20 points each), and SOWK 490 (40 points), and SOWK 492 (40 points).
- The final year’s course for the Honours programme should be taken by fulltime candidates in one year, but may be taken by part-time candidates over more than one year.
- The dissertation prescribed for the final year’s course must be submitted no later than 1 November of that year.
Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions
Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).
Withdrawal from the Programme
- A candidate whose results are not satisfactory may be required to withdraw from the Honours programme.
- When a candidate withdraws from an Honours programme, voluntarily or otherwise, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may recommend that the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Social Work be awarded or determine the papers which shall be credited towards that degree.
Level of Award of the Degree
- The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours, with Second Class Honours (Division I), with Second Class Honours (Division II), or with Third Class Honours. The class of Honours awarded shall be determined by the examiners primarily on the performance of the candidate in the fourth stage of the programme.
- A candidate who fails to obtain Honours may proceed to the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Social Work.
- A candidate who fails to obtain Honours may not resit all or part of the final year’s course for the Honours programme in a subsequent year, unless the Senate has determined that his or her performance in those examinations was seriously impaired.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.