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Rhys

Hawkins

United Kingdom

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"The BA (Hons) Social Work course, when compared to other universities' courses, was the most applicable to real-life social work practice. I felt, after looking at competitor's courses, that NTU's course would set me up the best with the tools to practise well as a social worker."

"The course, I feel, gives you a very good introduction and grounding to social work practice. This is due to the well-rounded variety of modules, ranging from practical assessment strategies to placements, where you are able to practise working as a social worker in the real world of work. The module focusing on child development fed my curiosity about psychology and how psychological models can be used to inform social work practice. The opportunity to study pure stand-alone social work, with a variety of modules that seemed applicable to day-to-day practice - such as 'Preparing for Professional Social Work Practice' - really stood out for me.

"Student Support Services and the Students' Union have proved to be very helpful and vibrant. I have also benefited from the School of Social Sciences' links with external organisations via placements in local social work teams, therefore being able to experience what it is like to practise as a social worker in the real world.

"This is my first time living away from home. It is not what I expected, as I thought the transition would be a lot harder than it has been. The experience of moving away from home has given me the last amount of convincing that I can properly take care of myself as an adult. I have enjoyed living in a liberal environment, surrounded by diverse people and having culture and lots of things to do on my doorstep. Personally, because of my course, I have encountered people who I otherwise never would, and have had experiences that have enabled me to 'grow up' significantly as a person."

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