HoW college students protest at Redditch campus over closure of social work course - The Redditch Standard

HoW college students protest at Redditch campus over closure of social work course

Redditch Editorial 19th Mar, 2024   0

STUDENT social workers staged a protest outside Heart of Worcester college in Redditch against the proposed closure of their course.

In January of this year, the teacher of the degree level course left, and the college said they have had difficulty replacing them.

The students have been told their course will be moving to Birmingham City University (BCU) and the news has left them distraught.

Nikki Stubbs left her job in the care sector to train as a social worker, she is now being forced to give up her dreams as she cannot travel to BCU.

She said: “We just don’t feel we’ve been listened to, we’re all mature learners and we’re being spoken to like children.

“We’ve all given up jobs in order to do this course because it is so intensive.

“We’re facing the possibility of giving up on our dream job because the college refuse to speak or listen.”

The social work degree level course costs £9,250, which most of the students are paying out their own pockets.

Nikki added: “We’ve been told the course at BCU will be around an extra £2,000, which we just don’t have.

“We applied to study at Redditch for £9,250 and now we’re being told that we can’t.

“The way we have been treated is appalling, the county is crying out for social workers, but when you try to train to become one, it’s made more difficult than it should be.”

The college said that the decision hasn’t been an easy one, but they have been forced to make the decision to review the course after facing recruitment issues.

A spokesperson from the College said: “We can confirm that we are in discussions with a small number of students about the possible need to transfer them to another provider to complete their Social Work course.

“The number of students studying Social Work at this level has been declining nationally and across the West Midlands region.

“We have been able to continue with the course up until now, but the challenges presented to us, mean that this course is now under review.

“We are working with the students involved to explore the alternatives and all already have an offer to continue their studies elsewhere, should they need it.

“We are also considering any possible support they might need to ensure they can complete their courses.”


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