Care Professionals

Mae’r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

We all depend on care services at some time in our lives – at home; in hospitals, clinics or GP surgeries; in community and residential settings. By studying a degree in the Care Professions, such as Social Work, Youth and Community Work or Health and Social Care, you will gain experience of working in this industry and make a positive impact on the people you work with.

Care workers help to facilitate growth in communities so that individuals can reach their potential. You will gain a broad understanding of the issues people face including social, educational and economic problems and explore ways of tackling these problems.

If you want to make a difference to people’s lives then the Care Professions could be for you!

Social Work

Social workers work with members of the community who suffer from social hardships and try to relieve them of these conditions. Social Work requires a flexible approach to meeting the needs of individuals, groups or communities. Many people go into social work because they want to make a difference and help improve people’s lives. Whilst it can be an emotionally demanding profession, it is also extremely rewarding.

If you want to work with people, are empathetic and can manage a heavy workload then Social Work may be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will work with local social work agencies to receive a combination of professional training alongside their academic studies. You will learn about current legislation, theory and research-based evidence in relation to social work knowledge, as well as the skills and values required by social workers. You will also gain a broad understanding of the social, cultural and institutional processes that underpin the role and task of social work.

You will work with members of the community alongside qualified social workers as part of the course, emphasising the contexts in which social work is practiced.

Careers

Graduates gain employment within social work for local authorities and also the voluntary and independent sectors. Graduates are able to work with a range of service users and address complex social issues.

Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Youth and Community Work

Youth workers help facilitate personal, social and educational growth in young people to help them reach their full potential. At its core, Youth and Community Work is about the relationship and conversations built up between a youth worker and a young person. You could be working in youth and community centres, with youth offending teams, disability groups, on housing projects or drugs, alcohol and sexual-health projects.

If you want to work with young people and communities and make a difference to their lives then Youth and Community Work could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will be equipped with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the social and political issues that affect the ways in which young people engage in and are perceived by society. You will learn the basic concepts in sociology, social psychology, politics, social policy and education theory whilst considering issues of equality, social justice and management.

You will undertake work experience which will give you first-hand experience of working with young people in a range of different contexts and help you to develop the skills necessary to operate effectively in settings. Upon completion of the course you will not only get a degree (BA Hons) but also a professional qualification in Youth and Community Work from the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC).

Careers

Graduates will typically work for local authorities, with youth justice organisations or in voluntary youth and community settings. Past graduates have gone on to employment in youth work, community education and community development.

Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Health and Social Care

Health and social care workers are employed by organisations to help make a positive different to people’s lives. They tackle current societal issues such as social deprivation and poor health and try to minimise
the impact it has on people’s lives.

If you are interested in Health and Social Care but don’t want to specialise then this course could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will gain a broad understanding of Health and Social Care and the issues surrounding it. You will examine the values, ethics, law and regulations surrounding the industry and develop your skills of working
with people. You will learn the basic concepts in sociology, social psychology, politics, social policy and management whilst considering issues of equality, social justice and health.

You are encouraged to undertake work experience to apply your learning into practice and gain valuable experience working with professionals.

Careers

Graduates typically gain employment in the health and social care field in the public, independent and voluntary sector. Past students have gone on to become social workers, occupational therapists, residential care workers and mental health practitioners.

Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University

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