Master Social Work - Máster en Trabajo Social
As a profession, Social Work is about change and human growth through supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and local communities. The Master´s in Social Work is a two year, full-time programme that will prepare students for employment as professionally qualified social workers. It lays the foundation for their continuing professional development. It also reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales. We are pleased to confirm the programme meets all the Care Council requirements and is now fully approved as a professional social work programme as defined in The Approval and Visiting of Degree Courses in Social Work (Wales) Rules 2012.
Applicants would need to meet the following entry requirements:
Academic qualifications –First degree (2:2 or above) in a social work/social science related discipline, plus Maths GCSE at grade A*-C or equivalent, e.g. Key Skills level 2 (QCDA) Numeracy or ‘Application of number’, and English GCSE at Grade A*-C or equivalent, e.g. Key Skills level 2 (QCDA) Communication.
Professional qualifications/registration – All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness and understanding of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers. Applicants must register as a student Social Worker once accepted on to the programme.
Relevant employment/experience – minimum 210 hours social care work experience within the last 5 years. This may involve voluntary or paid work in social care with individuals, groups or communities.
International applicants are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme.
As a profession, Social Work is about change and human growth through supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and local communities. The MSc is a two year, full-time programme that will prepare students for employment as professionally qualified social workers. It lays the foundation for their continuing professional development. It also reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales. Qualifying students will be:
equipped to understand and work within the context of a profession whose nature, scope and purpose can be the subject of contested debate;
enabled to critically analyse, adapt to, manage and eventually lead the process of required changes in social work, delivery of social services, and social care policy and law;
prepared to promote bilingual service provision in Wales and to be able to critically reflect on the importance of the Welsh context as a cultural, social and historical landscape for social work practice.
Social work has been an established course at Swansea University for many years and combines a commitment to both academic excellence and practical learning. There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors. Successful completion of the course allows students to register as qualified social workers with the Care Council for Wales*. This qualification is also recognised by Care Councils in other UK nations.
The programme is both academic and practice-based and students are required to undertake a minimum of 200 days practice learning across the two years. 50% of the programme is devoted to supervised practice in social service agencies, where students learn through observation, rehearsal and performance. The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion. When not on placement, students will be taught at Swansea University campus.
Successful completion of the programme provides students with a professional qualification recognised in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It opens the way to rewarding careers in the different areas of social work in both the public and voluntary sectors.
There are many possibilities for career progression in social work and for postgraduate and post qualification study. UK social work qualifications are also recognised in other countries such as Australia.