MA Social work is an academic qualification and crucially, is also a professional qualification. Our course is accredited by the social work regulator which means you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on successful completion of the course, explaining why over 95% of our graduates are employed within six months of leaving. Social workers practice in areas including child protection, fostering and adoption, adult safeguarding, mental health, substance use, hospital discharge and disability.
This practical degree, which is one of the top ten of its kind according to the 2018 Guardian League tables, blends a powerful combination of academic study with essential practical experience.
As a result, you will leave us equipped with specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to deal with a broad range of issues such as social exclusion and discrimination, law and social policy, psycho-social development, models and methods of intervention and research methods.
You will gain lots of relevant experience during your placements, operating in real-world settings. What’s more, you can even seize the opportunity to travel and engage in international activities.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject, or equivalent.
Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they have strong relevant work experience.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Law for Social Work: You will develop an understanding of law and relevant social policy and, through your knowledge and harnessing of relevant skills, be able to use knowledge of law and social policy competently and creatively.
Applying Social Work Models and Methods: The unit will help you develop an understanding of the complex and multi-layered nature of social work with a strong focus on the practical applications.
Developing Professional Relationships (Readiness for Direct Practice): This unit aims to facilitate the development of personal and interpersonal communication skills as well as exploring and understanding theory that will aid the application of these skills in professional practice. It incorporates preparation and assessment of your readiness for direct practice through and provides a range of practical guidance, support and knowledge to develop your capabilities against the Professional Capabilities Framework and the HCPC Codes of practice.
Psychosocial Perspectives of the Life Course: You’ll develop an understanding of human growth, development and behaviour across the lifespan, and different sociological and psychological explanations for this.
Professional Practice with Children and their Families: This Unit will be underpinned by research and evidence based judgements and students will develop their understanding and competence in assessment and intervention with children and their families. Students will be expected to examine their own beliefs and values in relation to protection work and to build on their previous learning in both theory and practice.
Professional Practice with Adults: This unit aims to prepare social work students for practice with adults in a variety of settings; making reference to contemporary social work practice issues. This includes approaches to intervention, the legislative framework which mandates practice, professional accountability, applying critical thinking, working with risk and complexity, and the importance of evidence-informed practice.
First Substantive Placement: This practice based unit provides essential practice experiences that you require in working toward meeting the regulations of the professional body.
Final Substantive Placement – This practice based unit provides essential practice experiences that you require in working toward meeting the regulations of the professional body including the opportunity to undertake statutory tasks and legal interventions.
Dissertation unit: The dissertation draws on conceptual, theoretical and practical knowledge, developed in other units of the programme. It provides the opportunity to consider existing knowledge in a way that is intellectually critical, and has the potential to expand or redefine the application of existing knowledge and/ or contributes to new approaches to practice.
Team Working for Service Improvement: The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop the skills of working in small inter-professional teams to design and develop a service improvement or product to enhance the experiences of people who use services and / or their carers. This unit provides the opportunity to work with student peers from a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.
Critical Literature Review: You will undertake an intellectually challenging and in-depth literature review exploring a topic relevant to contemporary social work practice as grounded in evidenced-based practice.
After completing this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for embarking on a career as a social worker in a variety of posts in statutory, voluntary and independent sectors, in the UK and abroad.
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