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  • Objectives
    Since September 2005, Cardiff University has been offering a 2-year full-time programme, leading to an MA and a professional qualification in social work. The course offers knowledge and expertise for career paths such as: Social Worker, Care Manager, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, R&D Officer, and Service Development Officer.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:

    Suitable for graduates in any subject with a basic understanding of key competences and values in social work and relevant practice experience. Employment in social work, other relevant employment, or voluntary experience is also required.

    Applications are invited from both direct entry and employer-supported:

    * Graduates with a relevant degree awarded at 2:1 or above.
    * Non-graduates with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience and evidence of degree equivalent academic capacity.

    In accordance with Care Council for Wales programme approval criteria, at selection, all applicants will need to refer to relevant social care experience and to evidence Key Skills of communication and number (numeracy) at Level 2 (GCSE A-C) or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    Social Work (MA)
  • Course description
    Course Description:

    The programme aims to enable students to build upon their existing academic and occupational experience and to achieve a professional qualification in social work within a 2 year (full-time) period. Although the programme is aimed primarily at graduates, in certain circumstances, the programme also provides a route for non-graduates to qualify as social workers.

    The course, approved by the Care Council for Wales, also leads to the Care Council Diploma in Social Work. 200 days are spent on work placements. All students follow core modules during the first year. In Year 2 students choose a specialist pathway. All students undertake a dissertation in Year 2. Bursaries are available.

    All university and agency based teaching and learning are structured in accordance with the National Occupational Standards for Social Work and the requirements of the Care Council for Wales. The programme will be delivered between early September and late July of each year with one week vacation periods at Christmas and Easter.

    Special Features:

        * Teaching staff have a current practice and research background that keeps them up to date with developments in the field.
        * Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including essays, project work and case studies.
        * Professional development stems from strong tutorial support, a research-led teaching environment and access to a range of placement opportunities in specialist fields.

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