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The MSc Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person) seeks to encourage students both to increase their knowledge of, and confidence in using, the legal and policy frameworks which are available to reduce vulnerability and to enable them to critically examine these and alternative approaches. Read more
The MSc Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person) seeks to encourage students both to increase their knowledge of, and confidence in using, the legal and policy frameworks which are available to reduce vulnerability and to enable them to critically examine these and alternative approaches.

Recent years have seen an increased awareness of how some children and adults can be vulnerable to abuse. As a consequence policies and legislation have been developed to try and safeguard such individuals. However, it is still common for practitioners in health and social care to find themselves in situations where they are supporting vulnerable people.

There are many ways that people can become vulnerable to harm. This raises the questions, “What is vulnerability?”, “Is it inevitable?” and “What are the best strategies for seeking to reduce/eliminate vulnerability?” The course is designed to assist you in critically examining such questions in the context of professional practice.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/620-msc-professional-practice-vulnerable-person

What you will study

Modules
- Research Methods
- Vulnerable Person (specialist module)

This covers issues such as sociological and psychological perspectives on vulnerability associated with particular client groups; assessment and planning of interventions, multidisciplinary working and the evidence base for practice.

- Legal and ethical issues relating to the vulnerable person (specialist module)

You will be introduced to key ethical frameworks, ethical decision making, law and policy development. As well as legislation relating to capacity, consent and human rights; safeguarding children, policy frameworks for the protection of vulnerable adults, research and vulnerable groups.

Learning and teaching methods

All students studying for the MSc Professional Practice are required to undertake the core research methods module (40 credits). In order to gain the MSc Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person) degree you will need to study at least 80 credits (including your 60 credit dissertation) relating to care of the vulnerable person. This means that you may choose to study one or both of the specialist modules discussed above.

These modules run on alternate years and are usually delivered via 3 hour sessions on a weekly basis during the academic year.

You will be taught via lectures, seminars and case studies. Past students have felt that they have gained a lot from such discussion with colleagues and learning about different approaches. You will also undertake self-study to develop your knowledge.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This degree provides graduates with the knowledge to pursue a leadership role within the healthcare profession. Past students have come from a range of backgrounds including mental health, surgery, accident and emergency, learning disabilities, midwifery, school nursing, care of the older person, medicine and community.

Some students have also had a specific remit within their role for the protection of vulnerable children and/ or adults.

Feedback received from students shows that, whatever their professional background, they found the modules clearly related to their practice and that the course has assisted them to enhance the support they offer to persons who may be vulnerable.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, presentations and role plays.

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This award is particularly relevant to practitioners and policy makers who are interested in using their prior experience to build an informed picture about inclusion in educational settings. Read more
This award is particularly relevant to practitioners and policy makers who are interested in using their prior experience to build an informed picture about inclusion in educational settings. It’s useful for colleagues who wish to link their current knowledge to a framework that puts human rights at the heart of the debate.

COURSE STRUCTURE

It will draw on research to develop a critical approach to an understanding of inclusive education. There are legal implications, cultural and social aspects which affect the ways the rights of vulnerable learners are achieved and compromised. This can be linked to ethical practice and social justice. Modules will open complex issues for discussion and debate looking at theories, policies and practices that emphasise the development of understanding the needs and entitlement of individuals.

MODULES

There is a choice of optional modules for this award including:

The National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Coordination is a mandatory award for all SENCOs new to post.

Including Vulnerable Learners explores how inclusion is exercised in your own educational setting and how you can become an agent of change.

SEN and Inclusion: Autism Spectrum (Children) is designed for teachers, SENCOs and other professionals working with children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Supporting Learners with Special Educational Needs is designed for practitioners in special schools, schools and early years settings with identified issues relating to specified educational needs.

Children's Services: Supporting Vulnerable Learners will look at the history, theory and practice of multi-agency working.

Other modules include: Identifying and Supporting Learners with SPLD/Dyslexia; Assessment Methodology (SPLD/Dyslexia); and Identifying and Addressing Mathematical Difficulties.

For further information on our optional modules please head to our website: http://www.bathspa.ac.uk, or email

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Ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are kept safe from abuse is a vital component of health and social care. That's why our course offers the chance to analyse and evaluate the current state of theory, policy and practice in this area. Read more
Ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are kept safe from abuse is a vital component of health and social care. That's why our course offers the chance to analyse and evaluate the current state of theory, policy and practice in this area. You'll be encouraged to consider the nature of child welfare and safeguarding, putting a significant emphasis on anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice.

We will build on your existing learning experiences to provide a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of safeguarding policy and practice. Our flexible learning opportunities will enhance your professional knowledge and lead to big things in your future. Improve the level of care you can provide your clients by increasing your knowledge through our PgC degree.

Course outline

This course provides a stimulating and challenging academic environment for those wishing to advance their academic and professional development beyond undergraduate level. We incorporate a variety of blended learning and campus based activities explicitly designed to meet the needs of learners working in a range of contexts. Though we focus primarily on the UK, we do offer recourse into international approaches of safeguarding for the purpose of sharing good practice and critical comparison.

Graduate destinations

This course can lead to careers in social work, mental health contexts and the children's workforce.

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This part-time course offers a continuing professional development (CPD) route which is linked to career progression but retains the emphasis on advanced social work practice with vulnerable adults. Read more
This part-time course offers a continuing professional development (CPD) route which is linked to career progression but retains the emphasis on advanced social work practice with vulnerable adults. The programme will meet the needs of social workers already practicing at a senior level who wish to progress to advanced level and meet the expectations to practice in complex situations, exercising high-quality professional judgements.

Students will be exposed to a variety of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, discussion groups and guided independent study. Participants will bring significant experience, knowledge and skills to the programme. Unit guides and reading materials are designed to allow you to build on and develop their existing knowledge base and maximise opportunities. Core texts will provide base-line knowledge for students to debate, though wider and diverse reading will be encouraged.

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The aim of this course is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession. Read more

Why take this course?

The aim of this course is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession.

We endeavour to recruit students to our health and social care courses who have the right values base and demonstrate appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes and they are an essential part of the curricula. Find out more about the values we look for.

For further health information, please see our additional health information page.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Be taught by experts at the forefront of research and who are fully informed on developments within the social work field
Experience broad ranging teaching methods including simulation and workshops in preparation for, and during, two respective work placements
Work alongside service users and carers using creative and contemporary techniques in social work practice
Put your learning into action during your practice placements

What opportunities might it lead to?

This Master's course is a professional qualification for social work approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will provide you with the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Social work practice
Community healthcare practice
Practice teaching
Voluntary organisations

Module Details

This Master's degree is a professional qualification for social work approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will give you the chance to acquire the knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society. It will also enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work – children and families, mental health, disabilities, vulnerable adults, or within a wide range of voluntary and independent organisations providing services to people who are homeless, who misuse substances, who are in the criminal justice system or who have experience of the care system. You will study the following units:

Year One

Social Work Theory and Context
Evidence-based Practice and other approaches to research
Empowering service users and promoting inclusion
Practice Placement 1
Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (1)

Year Two

Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (2)
Project - Writing for a publication
Practice Placement 2
Critical Practice across Service User Groups

Programme Assessment

You will be allocated a personal tutor, who will support, advise and assist you throughout the course. We use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, group work and other classroom strategies, group and creative work with service users and carers, and simulation work and skills workshops. To see examples of how we work closely with service users, visit http://www.swig.uk.net.

Assessment is primarily based on written, oral or portfolio evidence and is measured against HCPC Standards of Proficiency and the Professional Capability Framework developed by the College of Social Work. There are no formal written examinations.

Student Destinations

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), enabling you to work as a professional social worker in a wide variety of statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. This course will enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work – children and families, mental health, disabilities, vulnerable adults or in the wide range of voluntary and independent organisations providing services to people who are homeless, misuse substances, are in the criminal justice system or who have experience of the care system.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Social worker
Care manager
Persistent offender coordinator
Family support worker
Housing adviser

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This is currently the only master's course in the UK that covers the safeguarding of both children and adults. You'll gain a unique perspective on how to improve the lives of society's most vulnerable people and make a difference in cases of extreme, entrenched, or multi-generational abuse and neglect. Read more
This is currently the only master's course in the UK that covers the safeguarding of both children and adults. You'll gain a unique perspective on how to improve the lives of society's most vulnerable people and make a difference in cases of extreme, entrenched, or multi-generational abuse and neglect.

Visit the website: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/health-and-social-sciences/child-protection-and-adult-safeguarding-ft-1718

Is this course for me?

Our MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding is now more relevant than ever, with recent changes in safeguarding legislation (i.e. the Care Act 2014), and the impact of high-profile enquiries, such as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham and Child Sexual Abuse. Offered on a full-time or part-time basis, it's ideal for professionals who want to improve their knowledge and practice when working with vulnerable people.

This unique, multi-disciplinary programme attracts working professionals in a range of areas and roles. Our postgraduate students include social workers, nurses and midwives, early years professionals, police officers, and doctors who want to become experts in safeguarding.

The course also appeals to analytical people who enjoy problem solving and want to add to research in this vital area. We attract graduates from a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology and education. Your peers will help you develop a greater understanding of the challenges faced by the safeguarding system.

[What will this course cover?]]

Our teaching staff are experienced professionals and lead research in areas such as healthcare, social care, education and policing. As such, their teaching is wide-ranging and informed by best practice. We offer a wide range of optional modules including: disability, psychology, sociology, leadership/management, education, criminology and healthcare.

You can expect to:
• learn how to facilitate positive change and best practice in safeguarding
• learn the policy, research and practice settings for safeguarding work
• understand social behaviour and experience
• understand the social causes of abuse
• learn to identify risk indicators
• understand how to a be a socially responsible social scientist
• develop critical analysis skills.

The dissertation element of the programme may take the form of a work-based project, which will allow you to actively combine a critical theoretical analysis with reflective project work. This can also be an extended review of the literature on a particular topic.

Modules

• Applied Research Skills
• Data Analysis and Interpretation
• Postgraduate Dissertation
• Critical Practice in Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding

Attendance

You can take this course full-time or part-time. The part-time route is completed in 2 years, and the full-time route in 12 months. Part-time students will need to allow at least 10 hours a week for study outside of class, and 18 hours if you're studying full-time. The majority of classes are offered during one weekday afternoon and evening.

What are my career prospects?

Safeguarding children and adults is an extremely rewarding career that makes a big difference in the lives of society's most vulnerable members. When you graduate from this course, you will be able to advance your current career, change careers into a role more specifically focused on safeguarding. You'll also be in the position to pursue further academic research.

After completing this course, you can expect to work in roles of increasing seniority within your profession, or to work for local authority Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Boards. NHS Trusts/CCGs, local authorities, voluntary/charities and schools have specific roles for those qualified in safeguarding.

Bucks graduates have gone on to roles including:
• Safeguarding Leads
• Local Authority Designated Officer
• Head of Safeguarding
• Policy Adviser (Skills for Care)
• NSPCC Research Officer
• Policy Advisor for NGOs.

Some of our graduates choose to continue their education by completing a PhD. Continuing your education gives you the opportunity to develop your skills further and research your area of interest.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

The Safeguarding course will provide you with a strong skill set and the confidence to improve the quality of care and communication with vulnerable children and adults.

If you want to develop a career in safeguarding practice, this course will prepare you for job roles such as policy developer, researcher, team leader, programme manager or unit manager in the NHS, local government and charities.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/

Funding

There are a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students which include sponsorship, bursaries, scholarships and loans: http://bucks.ac.uk/fees_funding/postgraduate-masters-scholarships/

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Midwives increasingly need to provide care for both critically ill and vulnerable women and their families. These women may have complex care needs and this programme equips you with the ability to provide critical care in a changing maternity environment within a multidisciplinary team. Read more
Midwives increasingly need to provide care for both critically ill and vulnerable women and their families. These women may have complex care needs and this programme equips you with the ability to provide critical care in a changing maternity environment within a multidisciplinary team. As a qualified midwife, you’ll study a contemporary and dynamic programme providing you with enhanced skills, knowledge and insight to take into professional practice.

Key features

-Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of their subject knowledge.
-Focus on specialist modules in high dependency care in midwifery, including pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth, advancing care for women with complex needs, and supporting vulnerable women during pregnancy birth and the post-birth period. You'll also study advanced clinical skills for practice with clinical decision making, escalation of care and clinical governance.
-Design and carry out research that will enhance and develop women-centered care and provision for her and her family.
-Ensure that your professional practice is supported by developing a critical, analytical and creative approach.
-Learn to operate in increasingly complex and unpredictable situations and show initiative in decision making while accessing appropriate support.
-Equip yourself with problem-solving and active learning skills through interacting with other students, as well as demonstrating critical reflection.
-Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part time.

Course details

This programme is designed to develop and enhance your skills and knowledge as a midwife to an advanced level. Core modules are shared and are multi-professional across the contemporary healthcare programmes.

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You will study two core modules worth 20 credits each: high dependency care in midwifery and pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth, with one optional 20 credit module.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (two from Year 1 and three from Year 2): advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing research knowledge in practice 2, and advancing care: vulnerable women in childbirth.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in an area of study related to midwifery.

Modules are taught sequentially within this part-time programme, starting with pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth and high dependency care in midwifery. In your second year you'll study advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing care: vulnerable young women and childbirth and advancing research knowledge in practice 2.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1
One 20 credit optional module to be chosen.
Core modules
-MCH510 Pathophysiology and its Impact on Childbirth
-MCH509 High Dependency Care in Midwifery

Year 2
-MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

Final year
-MCH504 Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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The Approaches to Forensic Intellectual Disability PgCert course is aimed at nurses, social workers and associated health practitioners, members of the Criminal Justice System working with vulnerable adults, such as the police, prison and probation officers and those with an interest in enhancing their knowledge and skills in this area.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This exciting programme, the first in the UK, intends to develop the knowledge and skills of professionals already working in this area, or who have a specific interest in the field of mental health and the care of people with intellectual disabilities who have offended, or may be at risk of offending.

By choosing to study at Coventry you will get the opportunity to:

Enhance the quality and standard of treatment and care delivered to a vulnerable sector of the population,
influence the ‘offender pathway’ within you own field of practice,
develop into an enquiring and reflective worker,
expand the professional boundaries of your work/practice as a result of increased theoretical knowledge and inter-professional thinking,
adopt a pro-active approach to continuing professional development,
respond to the changing demands of health and social care practice.
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is able to offer expert teaching staff in the areas of intellectual disability, mental health, criminology and forensic investigative science. The Faculty has a track record of delivering excellent e-learning. We have extensive links with practice partners and key experts in the field to benefit your learning in this area.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Faculty has a track record of delivering excellent e-learning. We have extensive links with practice partners and key experts in the field to benefit your learning in this area.

Three core modules

contemporary definitions and principles of practice current interpretations of intellectual disability and associated mental health issues will be considered. Opportunities to examine different frameworks and service responses in working with this population;
law and ethics and intellectual disability A current awareness of the changing legislation relating to people with intellectual disabilities. The legal system will be covered encompassing the unique ethical issues relating to this population;
forensic issues in intellectual disability and mental health drawing on student's own experience and interest, specific approaches to working with this vulnerable population will be analysed, covering the main psychiatric disorders affecting this population.

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This is a CPD programme for registered nurses. Health Visiting consists of developing, leading and managing activities that aim to promote health and social well-being, prevent health breakdown and ameliorate ill health through working with individuals, families, groups and communities. Read more
This is a CPD programme for registered nurses.

Health Visiting consists of developing, leading and managing activities that aim to promote health and social well-being, prevent health breakdown and ameliorate ill health through working with individuals, families, groups and communities. Through partnership working, health visitors seek to enable clients to take control of their lives whilst protecting vulnerable members of society. Public health work that promotes social inclusion and reduces inequalities in health is central to health visiting practice.

The course focuses on promoting the health of children, families and groups in a community setting. It considers the issues involved in safeguarding the health of vulnerable children, families and populations. The overall aim is to develop an effective practitioner who is able to identify actual and potential health needs, stimulate an awareness of health needs, facilitate evidence based health enhancing activities and influence policy at all levels.

Should I take the BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification?
Depending on the level of your existing qualifications you will either undertake the BSc (Hons) course, or the PgDip qualification. If you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelors degree you should take this course - the PgDip. If you qualified as a nurse with an undergraduate Diploma you should take the BSc (Hons) Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme.

Modules

Core units:

Research methodology and strategy(subject to validation)
Developing professional practice for health visiting
A public health approach to promoting health and well-being
Protecting vulnerable children
Mental health and well-being of children and families
Developing leadership and management skills for SCPHN

Optional component:

Community practitioner nurse prescribing (V100)

For further details on individual course units, visit the online CPPD prospectus:

https://www.applycpd.com/lsbu

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The MSW in Social Work is a 2-year, full-time, postgraduate degree course. The qualification is recognised throughout the UK and it’s expected that in due course it will meet the criteria for recognition in the EU and elsewhere overseas. Read more

Why this course?

The MSW in Social Work is a 2-year, full-time, postgraduate degree course.

The qualification is recognised throughout the UK and it’s expected that in due course it will meet the criteria for recognition in the EU and elsewhere overseas. The course is based on the Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE) and is to be validated by social work's professional body in Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The course provides a stimulating blend of university-based teaching and agency-based learning opportunities across both years.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/socialwork/

You’ll study

You'll undertake a range of taught modules, a dissertation and assessed placements in a range of social work service settings.

Work towards the Masters dissertation is mostly scheduled for the period beyond Year 2 of the programme. You’ll be told of the arrangements during year 1.

Teaching staff

The School of Social Policy and Social Work has a long and rich tradition of education, research and consultancy in social work. It brings together a staff group with extensive experience in the varied areas of social work practice i.e. children and families, criminal justice social work and community care.

Facilities

The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (a multi-million pound development funded by the Scottish Government to support research and training in residential child care), the Centre for the Child and Society, and Community Care Works are all based within the School and contribute to teaching in the course as well as to research and consultancy.

Relevant work experience

We normally expect you to have had at least six months full-time work experience, or its equivalent in part-time work, at the point of the application.

We’re more concerned with the quality of experience than whether or not it’s paid. It’s useful to think about experience in three dimensions - duration, range and depth. While longer and more diverse experience is of great value, depth (or quality) is perhaps more important since this is what allows learning and professional development. Often experience is "deeper" in contexts where supervision is offered regularly, allowing for in-depth discussion in practice issues and dilemmas. Undertaking relevant reading and training while working often helps people to "deepen" the quality of their work experience.

- Criteria for work experience
The following indicate the kinds of criteria we look at in considering the relevance and suitability of your work experience:
- does it involve direct contact with people either as service users e.g. individuals, families or groups where the focus is on helping them live with or manage major difficulties in their lives, or in stimulating collaborative ventures to seek social change?

- does it develop critical awareness of the range, depth and complexity of social and personal problems and the variety of individual and agency responses which can address these?

- does it develop basic knowledge of the functions of social work, social care and/or community development agencies?

- does it develop skills in helping other people in difficulty e.g. skills in identifying and assessing problems, jointly planning and supporting a response to them or coping with stress?

- does it provide opportunities to reflect on, and take action to combat, discrimination and oppression in people's lives?

- does it generate an awareness, and an ability to act in the light of the value dilemmas involved in both helping activities and social change activities e.g. reflecting on the tensions between individual rights and freedoms and collective social obligations?

- Relevant work settings:
- work may be undertaken in a wide variety of settings e.g. community-based offices, residential provision, day care services, community organisations.
- work may be carried out with a range of client groups. These will commonly be people who experience various forms of disadvantage.
- it should be supervised by a member of staff of the status and experience to provide a reference indicating suitability for entry to social work education.

Personal qualities

The kinds of personal qualities which we look for in an applicant include:
- the ability to convey genuine warmth and interest in people
- an ability to see strengths and potential in even the most difficult circumstances and people
- a genuine interest in difference and diversity and an obvious ability to adapt and change
- a willingness to question conformity and risk discomfort in challenging attitudes which encourage discrimination and complacency
- the ability to support people who live with difficult, sometimes worsening circumstances
- an ability to help people set and follow their own agendas while being capable of asserting your authority where their welfare requires it
- being level-headed and helpful in the face of people's distress, pain and anger, even when it's turned on you
- a quiet confidence in your own ability and the capacity to argue and defend your views in a constructive way
- satisfaction in helping manage and, where possible, resolve conflict, but never at the expense of sacrificing the interests of vulnerable people
- taking enjoyment from both using your own initiatives as well as working accountably as part of team
- the ability to accept constructive criticism and learn from your mistakes
- a passion to fight for the rights of disadvantaged people

Communication skills

The communication skills which we would expect all applicants to demonstrate would include the capacity to:
- engage appropriately with a wide range of people
- communicate expressively, fluently and convincingly in verbal and written form
- understand, calculate and present accurately, basic numerical and financial information
- possess at least a basic understanding of information and communication technology and be able to acquire sufficient competence by the end of year 1/level 1 of the course

Age

There are no specific age restrictions for undertaking the course although funding bodies may impose an upper limit. Employability on course completion is a factor in selection.

Professional suitability

All entrants must register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and meet suitability criteria regarding offending history, employment record etc.

Overseas students

As with home students, overseas applicants should be able to demonstrate their motivation, aptitude and preparedness for social work training. You must have substantial relevant paid or voluntary work experience. In addition, you must have a recognised degree or an equivalent qualification.

Application for entry to the course must be made through UCAS. The subsequent selection process is broadly the same as for UK and EC applicants. However, in order to ensure that applications from out-with the UK are given full consideration it is advisable that in addition to applying to UCAS you should send additional information directly to us. This should include:
- detailed information about degrees held and the awarding institution(s)
- where English is a second language please provide information about your levels of proficiency in English
- details of work experience, with particular reference to the aspects referred to in the guidelines on work experience
- a statement about reasons for wanting to study in the UK
- financial arrangements for meeting the cost of tuition fees and living expenses during the two year course
- an indication that you would be available to come to the UK for interview. Applicants who are not able to come for interview may be asked to supply additional written material and/or references.

Learning & teaching

The teaching and learning approach is student-centred and aims to promote reflective learning. Our key approach is problem-based learning which is universally recognised as an effective way of developing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed by busy professionals.

The course is taught through lectures, seminar groups, simulations and individual skills rehearsal with a commitment to use interactive e-learning wherever relevant. At the heart of the course is practice learning in social work service agencies with formally assessed placements being undertaken in both years.

Assessment

Our assessment methods consist of regular feedback on specific tasks related to teaching and learning as you work through a module.

Modules are formally assessed in a range of different ways, including essay, report, presentations and peer group assessments.

Careers

Qualified social workers are increasingly valued. Promotion and career development opportunities are excellent. Social workers can be found in:
- Local authorities - from main-grade workers to directorate level. Social workers will be providing, managing, purchasing and organising services to people with very diverse needs across the life span in different settings

- Voluntary organisations - at all levels, usually working in relatively specialist ways with children and young people with particularly challenging needs, as well as vulnerable adults, especially those with learning disabilities and those affected by mental health issues. Settings and contexts vary as widely as in local authorities.

- Private sector - often at senior practitioner and management level with services focusing on home-based support to vulnerable adults and residential services to older people as well as foster care support and services to people with offending histories.

- Central government - experienced social work managers advise and support ministers in monitoring and developing social work services.

- Social work regulation - a range of independent bodies, like the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council employ social workers at a senior level to lead and manage registration and inspection of social work services to ensure they meet appropriate standards.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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The MSc Forensic Psychology is the only BPS accredited programme in Wales, offering a unique opportunity for students to study Forensic Psychology in Wales. Read more

Course Overview

The MSc Forensic Psychology is the only BPS accredited programme in Wales, offering a unique opportunity for students to study Forensic Psychology in Wales. Working collaboratively with NOMS Cymru (National Offender Management Services, Wales), helps keep the programme up to date with strategy development and policy decisions. Regular contributions from practitioners within the Principality enable students to understand more about services within Wales and their impact on our society locally. We also have many national contributors who share their extensive knowledge and experience.​

Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 29th July. ​

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Forensic-Psychology---MSc-.aspx

​Course Content​​

Forensic Psychology is the practice and application of psychological research relevant to crime, policing, the courts, the criminal and civil justice system, offenders, prison, secure settings, offender management, health and academic settings as well as private practice.

It looks at the role of environmental, psychosocial, and socio-cultural factors that may contribute to crime or its prevention. The primary aim of Forensic Psychology as an academic discipline is to develop understanding of the processes underlying criminal behaviour and for this improved understanding to impact on the effective management and rehabilitation of different groups of offenders in all settings within the criminal justice system.

The first aim of the programme is to provide students with a thorough and critical academic grounding in the evidence relating to environmental, cultural, cognitive and biological factors that may contribute to a wide variety of forms of offending. The programme will encourage students to consider the role and limitations of causal explanations for offending in the development of offender treatments, services and policy.

The second aim of the programme is to introduce students to the basic professional competencies for working in the many settings where forensic psychology is practiced, including skills related to inter-disciplinary working, risk assessment, ethics, continuing professional development, report writing and differences in practice when working with offenders, victims, the courts and the police.

The programme aims to produce Masters degree graduates with the ability to understand the limitations of the conceptual underpinnings of interventions and assessments used in forensic psychology and who are able therefore to engage in critical evaluation of the evidence base upon which their own practice will eventually be based. The programme will specifically avoid providing any formal supervised practice. Its aim is to produce reflective scientist-practitioners who will be ready to engage with the next stage of training (i.e. BPS Stage 2 or HCPC route) towards registration as a Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Students will complete the following taught modules and will also be required to conduct a novel, supervised research dissertation with participants preferably drawn from a forensic setting:

Research Methods and Design (30 credits)
The aim of this module is to extend students knowledge and experience of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Topics covered include: randomised control trials, ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, Power analysis, Regression, Non parametric methods, interviews, discourse analysis, grounded theory, reflective analysis and psychometric evaluation.

Forensic Mental Health (20 credits)
This module aims to provide students with a critical examination of the relationship between mental illness, personality disorder, learning disability and criminal behaviour. The module will encourage students to view the mental health needs of offenders in the broadest possible context and to appreciate the inter-disciplinary nature of services available to mentally disordered offenders, difficulties in accessing those services and problems for custodial adjustment presented by specific psychiatric diagnoses

Professional Practice and Offender Management (20 credits)
The focus of this module is the professional practice of forensic psychology. The module builds on the groundwork laid by earlier modules and covers professional skills and the types of interventions that a practicing forensic psychologist may engage in. The topics covered by this module include ethics, report writing, working with other agencies, and working with offenders and victims.

Psychological Assessments and Interventions (20 credits)
This module covers psychology as it may be applied to the reduction of re-offending by convicted criminals. The central focus of the module is the 'what works' literature. A range of topics will be covered demonstrating the broad application of psychology to offender rehabilitation in the Criminal Justice System, and within Wales particularly. These topics include: (1) Offender assessment: risk, need and protective factors (2) factors affecting response to treatment; (3) ethical issues of compulsory treatment; and (4) interventions for a range of offending behaviours.

Theories of Criminal Behaviour (10 credits)
The module aims to examine the contribution made by biological, psychodynamic, evolutionary, cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives to our understanding of the aetiology of criminal behaviour. It will explore psychological theories of a variety of offending behaviours such as: violence, aggression, domestic abuse, sex offending, vehicle crime, fire setting as well as gangs and gangs membership.

Legal Psychology (10 credits)
This module covers psychology as it may be applied to the law, and the central focus of the module is evidence. A range of topics will be covered, demonstrating the broad application of psychology within the legal system. These topics include the interviewing of suspects and witnesses, vulnerable victims, offender profiling and the detection of deception.

Addiction and Psychological Vulnerabilities (10 credits)
This module informs students about different factors that may contribute to psychological vulnerability in offenders and victims. A variety of topics will be covered, including issues around the concept of addictive behaviours, vulnerability and the protection of vulnerable adults, including factors which may increase vulnerability to offending and victimisation.

Learning & Teaching​

​Teaching on the MSc Forensic Psychology Programme is predominantly conducted in small groups and adopts an interactive approach. The Research Methods and Design module and the Dissertation workshops are the only part of the programme which is taught in a larger group of around 40 to 50 students as opposed to between 10 and 20 students on the core modules. As a result teaching involves a range of discussions, activities, evaluations of papers, case studies and role play exercises. The focus within the programme is on both content and key skills to develop specialists in the field of forensic psychology with flexible generic skills. These experiences also help to foster student development and confidence as independent life-long learners.

Student learning is promoted through a variety of learning and teaching methods. These include: lectures, workshops, online learning through the virtual learning environment, Moodle, as well as self directed learning. Each student will have an allocated personal tutor to support them through their period of study.

As this programme is accredited by the BPS, there is a requirement for students to attend at least 80% of the taught sessions for the programme.

Assessment

The MSc is assessed by a range of different coursework assignments – e.g. presentations, reports, essays, reflective reports, academic posters, research proposal. There are no examinations.

Employability & Careers​

An MSc in Forensic Psychology is the first step (stage one) in gaining Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered Practitioner status with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). The MSc in Forensic Psychology will provide the knowledge base and applied research skills that will provide the foundation for stage two of the chartered process that requires a minimum of two years of full-time supervised practice with an appropriate client group.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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The role of the social worker is vital to the local community and society in general. Working with people of all ages who may be socially excluded, vulnerable or undergoing some level of crisis, your role will be to guide, support and enable the service user to eventually support themselves as much as possible. Read more
The role of the social worker is vital to the local community and society in general. Working with people of all ages who may be socially excluded, vulnerable or undergoing some level of crisis, your role will be to guide, support and enable the service user to eventually support themselves as much as possible.

This full-time degree will provide you with the underpinning knowledge, values and skills required by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to practise as a qualified social worker. You will be prepared for practice in all areas of social work, including child care, child protection, criminal justice and community care, and in a range of settings, including community, residential and group care.

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/social-work-and-social-sciences/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/social-work

Course detail

This long-established course has an enviable reputation for the high quality of its teaching and support, as well as the high level of employment achieved by its graduates.

In two years, graduates can qualify with a Postgraduate Certificate allowing them to practice in the UK.

To graduate with a Masters in Social Work requires students to complete a dissertation. The Masters in Social Work is an academic qualification that is a useful for applicants who would like to work abroad.

Year 1

•Contexts of Social Work Practice: Law, Sociology and Social Policy
•Development, Behaviour and Interpersonal Processes
•Social Work Theory, Professional Ethics and Research Methods
•Readiness for Practice
•Assessed Practice and Analysis 1

Year 2

•Community Care and Vulnerable User Groups
•Change Process, Group Care Contexts and Institutional Experience
•Criminal Justice, Children and Families
•Substance Misuse
•Assessed Practice and Analysis 2

Year 3

•Dissertation

Placements and accreditations

You will undertake two mandatory placements, one of 80 days and one of 90 days. You have the opportunity to take the first placement overseas in conjunction with a partner university.

How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. You must apply online at http://www.ucas.com/students/apply.

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health is for you if you’re working with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties. Read more
MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health is for you if you’re working with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties. Students who wish to study the Masters at the University may be a graduate and/or have significant relevant experience.

At the University of South Wales, you will broaden your understanding of the causation, presentation and implications of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to input where appropriate into interventions for individuals and groups with child and adolescent mental health difficulties and social emotional and behavioural difficulties (CAMHD/SEBD). Also to advise colleagues and parents on the formulation of appropriate strategies for working with children and young people with CAMHD/SEBD and to contribute to the development of appropriate policy and guidelines. You will explore the need for evidence based approaches and interventions which will promote children and young peoples’ mental health and social and emotional competencies.

The MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health encourages students to critically evaluate and reflect upon current theoretical perspectives in relation to child and adolescent mental health, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties (CAMHD/SEBD). The Masters also enables students to reflect on and contextualise current practice, and to make connections between theory and practice. In addition, the course encourages students to look critically at the research in relation to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Difficulties and Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1160-ma-child-and-adolescent-mental-health

What you study

You will take two compulsory modules:

- Child and Adolescent Mental Health - The module introduces students to definitions and concepts in the field of CAMH and the current structuring of CAMH Services in the United Kingdom. Sessions look in detail at particular Mental Health Difficulties, which include Attachment Difficulties, Emotional Difficulties, and Behavioural Difficulties. Particular study is made of gender and culture in relation to Mental Health Difficulties and these sessions include a focus on eating disorders, self-harm and trauma.

- Research Methodology - In common with all of the MA Education programmes, you must take the core module; Research Methodology.

Additional specialist modules can include:

- Managing and Supporting Children and Adolescents with SEN (CAMH/SEBD) - This module focuses on the theory that underpins practice in this area of work, and compliments the core module. The module looks at definitions and conceptual difficulties in relation to CAMH and SEBD, and then goes on to examine how theory impacts on interventions in different models (therapeutic, behaviourist and bio-psycho-social.

- Children’s Wellbeing - This module takes a broad view of Children’s wellbeing by exploring the concept of, and the challenges of, measuring wellbeing in addition to considering how wellbeing is addressed in Health, Education, Social Care, Youth Justice and by Non-Governmental Organisations. The module will also explore and evaluate a range of approaches to promoting Children’s wellbeing and an integral part of the lecture programme will be the use of Visiting Lecturers to illustrate examples of evidence-based practice.

- Working with Vulnerable Children - This module examines contemporary models of childhood and adolescence and introduces the concepts of vulnerability, risk and resilience. The module also considers the challenges of research and intervention with vulnerable groups.

Alternatively you can take one module from one of the other MA Education pathways. To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.

Learning and teaching methods

Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 5,000 words, which usually takes the form of an essay. Each course member is supported by a tutor who provides individual tutorials and guidance during the assignment writing process.

Assessment methods

To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan. If you wish to exit earlier, the Postgraduate Diploma is awarded to students who complete four modules which form the taught element.

Employment Prospects

A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.

If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here at the University of South Wales.

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Learn to support vulnerable members of society as a qualified social worker with this Health and Care Professions Council approved course. Read more
Learn to support vulnerable members of society as a qualified social worker with this Health and Care Professions Council approved course.

Social workers are the advisers, advocates, and counsellors for the vulnerable and troubled members of society. As a social worker you'll be aware of the impact of social issues including poverty, deprivation and inclusivity. Working towards solutions and managing individual's unique problems, social workers strive to improve the quality of life for others.

The choice to become a social worker is not a decision that should be taken lightly. We want people who are committed to their future career and determined to make a difference to the lives of others.

We're looking for students with life experience. Preferably students will have worked with a variety of people either in employment or as a volunteer. This may include working with young people, for a charity or in a care home. We want to see previous success of helping people and a determination to continue.

Visit the website: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/health-and-social-sciences/social-work-ft-1718

What will this course cover?

We've made sure that our course covers the standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so you can apply for registration as a social worker straight after the course.

The course combines classroom theory with real-life practice. You'll gain hands on experience working alongside current social workers. They'll be able to guide you, offer you advice and prepare you for your career.

Once qualified, you can work within a range of settings including local authorities, hospitals, and voluntary services for drug and alcohol users or youth justice services.

Modules

Year One
• Advanced Skills for Professional Development L7 20
• Sociology, Psychology and Social Policy for Social Work
• Putting the Law into Practice
• Preparation for Intervention with Service Users
• Developing Social Work Skills for Practice
• Practice Learning 1

Year Two
• Dissertation
• Advanced Skills for Professional Development L7 10
• Inter-Professional Practice
• Practice Learning 2
• Research Methods for Social Work

Careers

From day one we'll be preparing you for your future. We make sure all our graduates are confident, independent and ready for work.

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on your journey to becoming a Social Worker. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, enabling you to become flexible in your thinking and stay calm even in a crisis.

Here at Bucks, we have a high employability rate for social work. We make sure all our graduates leave confident in their skills and able to impress employers. We have good relationships with local employers who are always impressed with how prepared our graduates are for the transition from University to work.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/

Funding

There are a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students which include sponsorship, bursaries, scholarships and loans: http://bucks.ac.uk/fees_funding/postgraduate-masters-scholarships/

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This programme focuses on public health nursing and prepares qualified nurses for registration on the Social Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. Read more
This programme focuses on public health nursing and prepares qualified nurses for registration on the Social Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. Applicants will choose a defined area of practice either health visiting or school nursing. Both of these pathways promote the health of individuals, groups and populations and prevent ill health through taking a pro-active approach to practice.

Through partnership working, health visitors and school nurses seek to enable clients to take control of their lives whilst safeguarding vulnerable individuals and populations. Public health work that promotes social inclusion and reduces inequalities in health is central to practice. You will be encouraged to identify your learning needs in professional practice, in partnership with your practice teacher, and to develop competencies in areas that will enable you to meet the course learning outcomes. You will be allocated a personal tutor in the University who will help provide academic and professional support whilst you are a student.

Should I take the BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification?

Depending on the level of your existing qualifications you will either undertake the BSc (Hons) course, or the PgDip qualification. If you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelor's degree you should take this course - the PgDip. If you qualified as a nurse with an undergraduate Diploma you should take the BSc (Hons) School Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme. The content of the courses is the same.

Modules

You will normally complete all eight units, including a professional practice unit relevant to the defined pathway.

Core units:

Evaluating research for health care
A public health approach to promoting health and well-being
Developing professional practice for school nursing
Protecting vulnerable children
Mental health and well-being of families
Developing leadership and management skills for SCPHN

Optional:

Community nurse prescriber (V100)

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.

Employability

This programme is for qualified nurses who wish to further develop their professional knowledge and skills to enable them to work as health visitors in the community promoting the health of children and families or school nurses working with the school-aged population. Qualified Specialist Community Public Health Nurses may also obtain employment in the wider field of public health, for example, in community development work.

Students on the BSc programme may wish to further their studies in the field of public health. Postgraduate Diploma students may study for an MSc in SCPHN through doing a dissertation after qualifying as a SCPHN. Take a look at our online CPPD prospectus for more information about CPD options.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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