We are really pleased you have decided to register for the module. The resources on this page are designed to help you get prepared for the start of your studies at the end of January and give you some ideas of what is involved.
Top tips from a previous student
Here are some tips from a previous student who studied the module as a non-sponsored, independent student:
- Try and do volunteering work in a social care setting if can, as this will give you practical experience as well as a feel for the subject area. It can also help with the practice placement requirement if you’re not currently working in a social work/social care setting.
- The module materials give you the knowledge about what the social work processes are. This can then feed into your current work or give you the confidence to get work in the social work/social care sector in the future.
- The module content is really relevant and there’s lots of tools in there to help you develop your skills in writing and computer literacy, so make sure you use them.
- When studying, there will be times when your personal life doesn’t fit in with your studying, as you’re studying in your own time alongside working. There will be times when you may feel overwhelmed by it all, particularly around TMA submission times. Make full use of the study planner on the website so you’re aware of key dates (like TMA submission dates etc).
- The workshops are a great opportunity to meet everyone, ask questions and get advice or help with something you might be struggling with. Knowing that you’re not alone with your challenges is very comforting. You can get into some great discussions and debates at the workshops/tutorials and talk about the content that you’re studying.
- Make sure you speak with your tutor about anything you’re struggling with. They’re really helpful about TMAs, because they can help you prepare for them and explain things you may be unsure about, so you’re not just relying on your own interpretation of things. If you’ve gone a bit off track, your tutor can help you refocus on your studying. It also keeps your interest up.
- The Saturday face-to-face workshops were great – you can meet people, chat about stuff, form friendships, put faces to names. You do have to balance them around working (if you work weekends) and personal life, but they were interesting and really help to clarify and solidify the module materials.
- Plan, plan and plan again! Make sure you’re prepared. If you do fall behind and have to catch up, that’s okay because there is flexibility in the method of studying. But it doesn’t replace being prepared and on top of things in the first place. Go at your own pace, and use the forums to talk about things.
- Use the Aids to Practice (located in Resources on the module website) as they’re really helpful when you’re studying the module independently.
- Make sure you communicate with your tutor, as they’re really helpful and understanding.
- Use the module as a springboard into other study – you’ll be surprised when it can take you.
- Studying the module independently can really impress future employers, as it shows you can commit to your own education and that you’re done it in your own time.
- Be prepared to feel good about yourself and satisfied with your work – it’s a great feeling!
Finding 10 practice experience days
While you are studying K113 you need to undertake at least 10 days experience of working alongside people in a health and social care setting. This can be at your present workplace or as a volunteer. While sponsored students will have their practice experience arranged by their sponsor, if you are studying the module as a non-sponsored, independent student, you will need to arrange your practice experience and find a verifier yourself. If you haven't secured a placement yet, it is a good idea to start organising this now, as it can take longer to get started than you think!
Thinking about yourself and your learning
You may find the resources below useful to help you think about yourself, your learning, and how you see your study journey progressing: