Social Work is becoming an increasingly necessary occupation, due to the fact that it promotes personal and community development and offers tools to address social and economic change and to increase the community's wellbeing.
After more than 50 years training future social workers, the Universidad Pontificia Comillas offers a Degree in Social Work, which is based on an exhaustive theoretical training and a 500-hour external internship module in public or private institutions and in different scopes of professional activity.
If, while you are doing the Degree in Social Work, you are interested in promoting the community's capacities, and in designing and implementing social intervention projects within a network, we also offer the Diploma in International Development Cooperation which allows to take your first steps in professional social works in the scope of development aid, thanks to a theoretical and practical training including an internship in an institution which implements development aid programmes at an international level.
November 24 to June 29, 2018
March 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
April 13, 2018
Social workers foster human rights and social cohesion, as well as support people, groups, and communities to help them improve their daily lives, and social well-being. These professionals work alongside their target groups and other experts. Carrying out social work involves consistently keeping personal relationships in different settings and levels. Because of this, students willing to become social workers must be sensitive towards social problems, motivated, focused on people, and at the same time, stand out as service oriented individuals. They should be flexible when it comes to complexity and diversity. Candidates for the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work should be analytical, have critical sense, and also be able to see the overall picture. Skills in communication and interpersonal relations are highly important, as well as sense of commitment, responsibility, autonomy and initiative. Applicants should lean towards research and be curious, in order to develop new ideas and plans.
To begin your studies is a prerequisite condition prove you accomplish with the legal requirements of access to the University.
Admissions tests will be held between April 17 and May 10, 2017.
Admission tests include a personal interview with a professor of one of the courses, which is aimed at exploring their motivations to choose this career and in which the applicant's academic record is analysed and discussed, as well as a short written essay.
Candidates will take an English test aimed at determining their level for the Diploma in Communication Skills and Foreign Language Studies, which is compulsory and taken simultaneously with the Bachelor's Degree course.
Admissions criteria will evaluate:
60% academic record
Admission tests are one-on-one, prior appointment, and will take place in the Cantoblanco campus (Madrid). Each application is evaluated by the Admissions Committee of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, whose Board is: Dean, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Head of Studies, and interviewing professors. The Committee reports to the Dean, who finally admits the student.
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The Degree in Social Work is structured in four academic years and is comprised in the Social Sciences and Law area of knowledge. The corresponding syllabus comprises 240 ECTS (60 per year).
You may work either in any social protection programme or social intervention area in the public or private sector.
In general social services or specialised assistance to specific groups: homes, day care centres and assisted living homes for the elderly, youth residential centres or shelters for children or teenagers, assistance programmes or shelters for women who have suffered domestic violence, assistance instution and support groups for drug users, shelters for the homeless, early assistance centres, homes, day care centres, associations for the disabled and reintegration programmes, prisons and guarded homes for inmates.
In Education (schools and other academic centres), Health Care (hospitals and healthcare centres), the Court System (Courts), Emergency Services (emergency healthcare and social emergency services), Corporations (Corporative Social Responsibility or Human Resources Departments) or as a freelance (training, social assessment, assistance to individuals, associations and corporations, etc.).
This Degree in Social work trains professionals to promote human rights and social cohesion and support individuals, groups and communities to improve their everyday lives and social wellbeing, working with other social workers or other professionals.
The future social workers are trained in skills and capabilities for professional work such as identification of those needs and issues which need addressing, assisting individuals, groups and communities in their needs, preventing risk situations, promoting and using individual, family, group and community resources, skills and capacities to address vulnerable situations and improve life conditions, using mediation to improve human relationships and solve conflicts, designing prevention and intervention projects, programmes, and plans, leading and coordinating professional teams, public and private resources and from the institutions to which those belong, carrying out applied social research and designing, organizing and implementing social entrepreneurship initiatives.
Masters related to the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
From their second year, students carry out external internships amounting to 500 hours in public or private institutions and in different scopes from professional intervention. In their first year, students take a workshop where active social workers introduce them to the different scopes of professional activity.
The internships in Social Work are carried out in different public or private institutions where social workers help people to cope with whichever healthcare, educational, and social difficulties they may encounter.
Interns may, following professional and academic criteria and depending on the year they are taking, carry out tasks such as documentation, project preparation, interviews, home visits, submission of procedures before public or private entities and other administrative tasks, attendance to training initiatives or team meetings of the institutions at which they are interns, assisting and taking part in group interventions and awareness of and coordination with other instution with which the relevant centre collaborates on a regular basis.
Agencia de la Comunidad de Madrid para la Reeducación y Reinserción del menor infractor
During your university training in Social Work, you will have the opportunity to study a semester or a whole year at one of the universities in the USA, Europe or Latin America with which we have established specific Social Work-related partnerships. You will also have the chance to complete an internship during your time abroad.
We also offer the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work International Concentration, which you can choose to study simultaneously during your 3rd and 4th year, and for which you will receive an official diploma from the Comillas Pontifical University.