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The cohort has been so supportive and encouraging of one another

Sophie Jasper graduated with a degree in BSc Social Work and is now undertaking a Master’s.

In September 2020, I began studying for a BSc in Social Work at University of Gloucestershire. Despite Covid restrictions, our lecturers worked hard to ensure our learning was not negatively impacted by combining online and socially distanced face-to-face lectures.

In the first year, I explored my values and biases, which have shaped my perspective on many social issues and inspired my commitment to social justice. Engaging in debates on contemporary issues awarded me insight into different legislative, social, economic, environmental, and political factors impacting society and well-being.

Simulated role-play activities provided valuable opportunities to practise the skills, theories, and methods I had learned and apply my knowledge in a safe setting and receive constructive feedback to help me improve my practice.

Completing my placements in the 2nd and 3rd years in both the voluntary sector and the NHS helped me consolidate my university learning and gain real experience, solidifying my professional identity and values as a practitioner.

Throughout my studies, lecturers’ dedication to providing a positive and supportive learning environment has motivated me to strive for the highest grades possible. Feedback on assignments has been comprehensive and valuable as my grades have improved year after year.

The cohort has been so supportive and encouraging of one another, and I have made some amazing friends. It has been a privilege to learn alongside such passionate, caring, and empathic students who I wholeheartedly believe will all make fantastic social workers.

Overall, my experience has been life-changing, and I am proud of how much I have learned, grown, and achieved throughout my degree. I am excited to begin working as a Mental Health Social Worker alongside furthering my studies at University of Gloucestershire by undertaking my MSc in Psychology.