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  • Objectives
    This programme offers a professional training to qualify as a social worker and the opportunity to study for a Masters degree. The qualification is designed to emphasise the development of skills in analysis and assessment, build the confidence to apply knowledge to practice, and increase practitioners' ability to create opportunities for users, and to work collaboratively with other professions. The award has been designed in partnership with key stakeholders representing employers and service users who will play an important role in the ongoing development of the course. An important aspect of the programme is its inter-professional curriculum, designed alongside Community Health professionals to reflect practice, and informed by service users' and carers' experiences. This University has many years of experience in offering postgraduate courses in Social Work, and has been accredited by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) as an approved institution to offer this award.
  • Entry requirements
    A second class honours degree or above normally in a social science subject, supported by English and mathematics skills equivalent to GCSE grade C. You must have previous experience either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working in the broad area of social work or related 'caring' roles. At the time of application, applicants must have had at least 6 months experience and also had opportunities to develop a greater understanding of the experience of service users and shadow an experienced social worker. This experience will be assessed during the selection process. It is expected that you will produce two satisfactory references. One of the two references must be from a current or previous employer/organisation in which the candidate gained the above-mentioned experience. All offers of places will be subject to satisfactory Health and Police checks and suitable references.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Social Work
  • Course description
    Course structure
    The primary focus is on the development of practice skills, informed by up-to-date research, theories, policies and legislation.

    The course includes:
    -Knowledge of: social work theory; human growth and development; mental health and disability; communication and assessment processes; and law
    -Research and theory relevant for practice - in the final year you will be required to undertake a piece of sustained independent study through a dissertation

    Assessment
    Assessment will involve essays; presentations; video and project work; examinations and work based practice assessment. A key aspect is acquisition of the necessary practice skills in a diverse range of practice settings relevant to social work. You will undertake supervised practice within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 200 days during the course. Your previous learning and experience may exempt you from some modules, but not any part of the 200 days assessed practice.

    Career opportunities and professional status
    You will have qualifying status to practice social work (subject to the requirements of registration with the GSCC) and be eligible to become a member of the British Association of Social Workers. Further study opportunities are available through a number of post-qualifying and MA/MSc courses (for example, in practice teaching, childcare and management).

    Attendance & duration
    Full-time: two years. Depending on placement requirements attendance will vary during the course from two to five days per week.

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