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Social Work MSc

Course Description

The course is a professionally accredited programme leading to eligbilty to apply to become a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will be joining a social work programme that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice.

Course overview

The course is a professionally accredited programme leading to eligbilty to apply to become a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It has been designed to provide you with the opportunities to achieve the professional standards and capabilities as set out by the HCPC and The College of Social Work. A key aspect is to develop as a reflective and resilient practitioner.

The two period of study equips you with the knowledge, skills and more importantly a critical understanding of theoretical debates and their application to social work.

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

The course reflects the required Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) as defined by the HCPC and is also aligned to the College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework. At the end of the course students who have completed and passed all their assessment will have met the SOPs. Research and evidence, current policy, practice and theoretical perspectives inform the courses. Experienced staff, service users, partners and practitioners all contribute to learning and teaching. A central feature is inter-professional learning. You will learn in a dynamic way with considerable interaction.

Stage one:

Professional Law for Social Work
Social Contexts and Professional Perspectives in Social Work
Practice Learning 1
Assessment Planning and Professional Ethics
Critical Aspects of Human Growth and Development
Safeguarding Children and Adults
Communication, Skills and Values in Social Work

Stage two:

Practice Learning 2
Evaluating Research
Protecting Children and Adults
Social Work Dissertation


You are assessed via a variety of methods including 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 170 days during the course. Your previous learning and experience may exempt you from some modules, but not any part of the 170 days assessed practice.

Career opportunities

You will have qualifying status to practice social work (subject to the requirements of registration with the HCPC) 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).

As the course prepares you to be a generic social worker you are not limited to any
particular field of social work and our students take up posts in a variety of settings and care groups for example:- children and families, adult care to include, mental health, working with older people, learning disabilities.

Entry requirements

A successful applicant will normally be required to have:
A second upper class Honours degree or above (normally in a social science subject)
GCSE Mathematics and English grade C, or Key Skills Communication level 2 and Numeracy level 2, or another English/ Mathematics qualification deemed by the University to be equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English grade C or above.
A minimum of six months previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people normally within a social care or health context.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements - http://bit.ly/1GEkIbU.

Please note that we are not offering university equivalence tests to students offered a place on this course.

You will also be required to provide a reference from a current or previous employer/organisation in which the candidate gained the above-mentioned experience.

All offers of places are subject to satisfactory health and enhanced police checks and suitable references. All students who are offered a place will also be required to show original documentation confirming their stated qualifications in order to receive an unconditional offer of a place.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an admissions day where they will be required to take a written test. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an individual interview and join an observed group activity. Service users, partners and practitioners participate in the selection process.

**Please ensure that your application highlights how you meet the above criteria. Given the volume of applications per year any form that does not meet the above conditions will unfortunately not be processed.**

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Additional information

Please find more information about the course here - http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/2016/social-work---msc/

Visit the Social Work MSc page on the London Metropolitan University web site for more details!

Entry Requirements

A second class Honours degree or above (normally in a social science subject) and hold, or are in the process of taking, GCSE Mathematics and English grade C, or Key Skills Literacy and Numeracy level 3, or another English/ Mathematics qualification deemed by the University to be equivalent to GCSE.

Course Fees

UK and EU students: £7,280 International students: £7,280

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