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  • Academic Title
    MA in Social Work
  • Course description
    This innovative two-year taught programme constitutes the professional qualification for social work and successful completion will allow candidates to register with the General Social Care Council. It is run by the University of Hull in partnership with the Social Services departments in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire as well as local users and carers and a number of other partners from the voluntary and independent sectors. Some features of the programme you take may differ from those described below, but the following outline will give you a good idea of the areas of study available.

    Core modules (compulsory)

    -introduction to Social Work (Knowledge, Skills and Values)
    -Human Growth and Development: Working with Families
    -Mental Health Social Work Knowledge, Law and Practice
    -Advanced Health and Social Research
    -Practice modules (compulsory)
    -Practice learning opportunities are building blocks towards professional qualification. The majority are taken in the voluntary and independent sectors.

    Practice Learning 1
    This 100-day practice learning opportunity involves the planned and focused learning of skills assisted by practice teaching and is designed to ensure that specified learning objectives are met. Here you rehearse and re-rehearse in detail (in simulated as well as live situations) your ability to perform the basic tasks of day-to-day social work. By the end of the placement you must have demonstrated you competence to do simple things well.

    Practice Learning 2
    Where possible this 100-day practice learning opportunity is relevant to your chosen specialist module. By the end of it, your performance must be at a level appropriate to a qualified social worker.

    Dissertation module (compulsory)
    You will receive a dissertation handbook to help you with the preparation and writing of the dissertation, and individual supervision from a member of academic staff with expertise in your area of study. The dissertation is 12-15,000 words long.

    Specialist modules
    You will choose two of these modules in the second semester of Year 1.

    -Looked-After Children, Young Offenders and Social Exclusion
    -Social Work with Adults
    -Palliative Care
    -Drugs, Alcohol and the Family
    -Safeguarding Children and Young People

    Modes of assessment range from innovative systems such as case studies, presentations and multi-choice questionnaires through to traditional essays. Each method is that which most effectively tests the knowledge and skills taught. Because different people are more successful under some modes of assessment than others, we seek to achieve a balanced assessment programme. Within the assessment processes we will identify opportunities to enhance your ICT skills to a level comparable to ECDL (European Computer Drving Licence).

    You must have a first or second class Honours degree (in any subject) or, exceptionally, a relevant professional qualification (for example, the Diploma in Social Work from Hong Kong). All entrants must also have achieved at least Key Skills Level 2 in English and mathematics. This would normally be equivalent to grade C in the GCSE examination in English and mathematics. We would also prefer you to have had some experience or working in a ‘helping/caring' capacity.

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