What (a) difference a degree makes : the evaluation of the new social work degree in England

Orme, Joan, MacIntyre, Gillian, Green Lister, Pam, Cavanagh, Kate, Crisp, Beth R., Hussein, Shereen, Manthorpe, Jill, Moriarty, Jo, Sharpe, Endellion and Stevens, Martin 2009, What (a) difference a degree makes : the evaluation of the new social work degree in England, British journal of social work, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 161-178, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcm095.

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Title What (a) difference a degree makes : the evaluation of the new social work degree in England
Author(s) Orme, Joan
MacIntyre, Gillian
Green Lister, Pam
Cavanagh, Kate
Crisp, Beth R.ORCID iD for Crisp, Beth R. orcid.org/0000-0001-7863-4482
Hussein, Shereen
Manthorpe, Jill
Moriarty, Jo
Sharpe, Endellion
Stevens, Martin
Journal name British journal of social work
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Start page 161
End page 178
Total pages 18
Publisher Oxford Journals
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 0045-3102
Keyword(s) social work qualification
professional training
research methods
Summary After many years of debate in the UK about the need for a degree-level qualification in social work, the arguments for a minimum degree-level qualification were accepted. The requirements for the degree in England were developed drawing on work from a number of sources, including a benchmark statement for undergraduate degrees in social work and focus groups with stakeholders. The new degree in England, launched in 2003, involves one extra year’s study; improvements in the qualifying standard for social work; and specific curriculum and entrance requirements. At the time of launching the degree, the government department responsible for funding (Department of Health) commissioned a three-year evaluation of the implementation of the new degree to establish whether the new qualifying level leads to improvements in the qualified workforce. The aim of the evaluation is to describe the experiences of those undertaking the degree, collect the views of the various stakeholders about the effectiveness of the degree and measure the impact of a degree-level qualification on those entering the workforce. This article, written by the team undertaking the evaluation of the England degree, explores the reasons for the methodological approach adopted and the issues that have arisen in setting up the research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcm095
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
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