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- Home / EU: £3,996
- International: £12,100
(A small increase can be expected for the subsequent year)
September start (24 months)
The aim of our MA in Social Work is to provide students, who already hold a first degree, with a professional social work qualification at Master's level.
The course will enable you to be a confident, competent, qualified social work practitioner. We offer a well established course with a national reputation for producing high-calibre workers. Our course is designed, managed and delivered by a Programme Management Board that includes practice placement agencies, students, lecturers and practitioners. Stakeholder involvement ensures that our course maintains a dynamic, outward-looking approach towards social work education with a clear focus on the needs of service users.
The programme is built upon the following standards and requirements for social work training: the HCPC (Health and care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for social care workers, the DOH (Department of Health) Requirements for social work training, The College of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework and the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) benchmark statements for social policy administration and social work.
On completion of the MA in Social Work you will have:
- Knowledge and Understanding of social work services and service users; the service delivery context; values and ethics; social work theory; the nature of social work practice.
- Discipline skills in assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities; support of individuals to represent their needs, views and circumstances; the management of risk to users, self and colleagues; workload management and accountability; self reflective practice and professional competence.
- Transferable skills in the use of communication and information technology and numerical skills; problem solving skills including: problem management, information gathering, analysis and synthesis, intervention and evaluation; communication skills; skills in working with others; skills in personal and professional development.
Modules: All Modules are Core (C)
Year 1 - Part 1 (60 Credits):
- Ethics, Professionalism and Reflective Practice (10 Credits) (C)
- Interviewing and Communication Skills (10 Credits) (C)
- Practice Placement Learning 1 (80-day placement from May-September) (20 Credits) (C)
- Social Work Theories and Methods (20 Credits) (C)
Year 1 - Part 2 (60 Credits):
- Law for Social Work (20 Credits) (C)
- Social Work with Adults (20 Credits) (C)
- Social Work with Children and Families (20 Credits) (C)
Year 2 - Part 1 (20 Credits):
- Practice Placement Learning 2 (120-day placement from January-July 2011) (20 Credits) (C)
Year 2 - Part 2 (40 Credits):
- Inter-professional Working (20 Credits) (C)
- Research methods for social workers (20 Credits) (C)
- Social work is a profession regulated in England, since 1 August 2012, by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and this course is regulated by the HCPC.
- Bursaries are available through the NHS Business Services Authority.
- Maths and English GCSE or equivalent (at grade C or above).
- An undergraduate honours degree at 2:1 or higher.
- You should have current and relevant underpinning knowledge from psychology, sociology and social policy, at a level, which will allow you to complete the MA Social Work.
- Applicants who have not acquired such knowledge in completing their first degrees or who obtained their degrees several years ago should consider what further study and/or reading is required as well as study skills revision to prepare them for this level of study. You may need to consider enrolment on foundation level courses at your local university or distance learning packages, such as the Open University’s ’Introducing the social sciences’ (external link).
- You should have relevant work experience equivalent to a minimum of 6 months full-time work (approx. 910 hours). This may be paid or voluntary work and could have been undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants are usually expected to have had a substantial part of such experience during the past 2 years and to have had experience which includes working with vulnerable groups in Britain.
- Applicants who have limited experience or who have had little or no relevant experience during the past 2 years should consider seeking relevant employment or volunteering via organisations, such as their local Council for Voluntary Services, local Children’s or Adult Services Departments or local voluntary sector agencies. (Please see the attached document Work experience and contact with a social worker prior to the start of the degree).