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Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies courses are especially designed for those that want to develop their expertise within their current profession. Read more
Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies courses are especially designed for those that want to develop their expertise within their current profession. Your existing work will become the subject of your studies to enable you to work more effectively as a professional practitioner in your field. If you are self-employed or work in an organisation, paid or unpaid and in any employment sector, these work-based courses enable you to gain qualifications through your work.

Making use of Middlesex’s innovative work-based approach to learning your course of study will enable you to enhance your effectiveness in your current work role whilst simultaneously working towards your qualification. Middlesex work based learning courses are used by leading employers in the UK and internationally as they combine individual development with organisational and professional learning. Our courses in professional practice enable you to build upon existing higher education level study and professional qualifications to further your development and make an impact in your professional area. Our courses in Work Based Learning Studies take as the starting point your learning from experience and can be used to provide highly original and customised qualifications. The level of customisation is even reflected in the title of the qualification, e.g. MA Work Based Learning Studies (Leadership and Knowledge Management).

Our expertise is in supporting you to make the most of your potential in a rapidly changing and highly competitive knowledge driven economy. Professionals across a wide span of areas such as administration, construction, education, financial services, health, maritime, policing, retail, transport have already successfully used Middlesex work based learning. Take charge of your learning and career development by making Middlesex Work Based Learning work for you!
Depending upon your previous experience and learning, your course of study can be constructed to lead to MA/MSc Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate qualifications.

Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies courses are primarily supported through our on-line virtual learning environment, which means that you can gain your Masters degree or other qualification without having to find significant additional time to attend the University in person. However, there will be on-campus group based induction and workshop sessions available for all students to support your studies. In addition, on-line induction and workshop sessions will be held for those who cannot attend in person.


Benefits:

Enhance potential for career progression
Develop transferable work-based analytical and research skills
Develop expertise within your chosen field
Gain academic recognition for existing skills
Improve professional effectiveness
Use your existing work as the subject of your study
Flexible study that builds on your current work and/or professional practice

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IN BRIEF. You will develop your project management skills through a negotiated research project to support you in developing skills for managing change and undertaking research to improve practice and patient care. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • You will develop your project management skills through a negotiated research project to support you in developing skills for managing change and undertaking research to improve practice and patient care.
  • You will be supported in preparing to write for publication on your work based learning project by taking a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice.
  • You will develop a structured and rigorous approach to effective dissemination of research findings.
  • NHS funding available

COURSE SUMMARY

Please note: this course is currently only open to Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust Staff.

This programme offers registered nurses and Allied Health Professional an opportunity to develop knowledge and practice that could improve service user care experience. The programme was developed and is delivered in partnership with Greater Manchester West NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust using a work based learning approach and delivered at the GMW site.

There are two modules for the postgraduate certificate or each can be taken as standalone modules.

The Work Based Project (30 credit module) is negotiated and designed to meet GMW strategic objectives and be of direct relevance to your area of practice. You will be asked to keep a learning journal to build-up a portfolio of your work and attend sessions to develop your knowledge and skills.  

Finding and Disseminating Evidence (30 credit module) focuses on preparing you to write for publication on the work based learning project or a project you have previously undertaken. You will take a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice, use available literature and your  work based learning project. This will enable you to have a structured and rigorous approach to effective dissemination of research findings

This modules offer you credit towards a number of Masters programmes.

TEACHING

The programme is delivered by work based learning that uses a blended learning approach which incorporates experience through enquiry, critical thinking and reflection and enables you to relate experience to your personal and professional development. Learning is controlled and owned by you, working at your own pace in your workplace.

The Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment will support this process and your workplace provides the opportunity for the practical application of knowledge and skills.

Learning is negotiated and formalised to meet your individual learning needs and those of your work organisation.  A range of teaching methods could be used:

  • Induction programme
  • Workshops
  • Group seminars Employer lead provision including CPD activity
  • Master classes
  • Group tutorials
  • Surgeries/individual tutorials 
  • Action research/Learning Sets
  • Independent study Self-assessment activities, and application of theories underpinning learning and development
  • Portfolio building and reflective activities.
  • Presentations 
  • Access to work-based Learning Guide / Mentor

ASSESSMENT

Work Based Project  

  • A 4,000 word written work based project report 
  • A portfolio of a range of practice based evidence
  • You must pass both components

Finding and Disseminating Evidence module

  • 30 minute PowerPoint poster presentation

EMPLOYABILITY

On graduation you will have achieved a postgraduate qualification that better equips you with project management skills and skills for managing change and undertaking research to improve practice and patient care / carer experience.

You will learn the skills to be able to write for publication and take a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice and have developed a structured and rigorous approach to effective dissemination of research findings.

You could have opportunities to apply for a more senior post within your organisation with greater confidence. Students who have successfully completed this programme have implemented practice-based innovations within mental health settings and includes:

  • Development of the Student Nurse Experience and Clinical Discussion Forum for Acute Service
  • An exploration of non-pharmacological strategies, as an alternative to Pro Re Nata medication (PRN) on an inpatient ward
  • Exploring the therapeutic relationship between staff and hospital service users at mealtimes.

Students have continue their postgraduate development by undertaking a full Masters programme and gaining  60 credits for the work undertaken on this programme via APL.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

Working collaboratively with Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust.



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This course aims to provide you with the necessary skills and academic knowledge to assist you in facilitating the work-based learner involved in higher education courses of study. Read more
This course aims to provide you with the necessary skills and academic knowledge to assist you in facilitating the work-based learner involved in higher education courses of study.

Why Study Work Based Learning Facilitation (WBIS) with us?

This study route, as part of the Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) programme, is aimed at Associate Tutors working in codelivery and partnership arrangements in higher education and for academic staff who specialise in work-based learning in higher education. Those staff who already hold the traditional Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education are welcome to undertake this as staff development, providing they are working with work-based learning students.

What will I learn?

During the course you will develop the skills required to facilitate and assess work-based learners involved in higher education courses of study.

As this Postgraduate Certificate is an approved study route of the Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) programme, you can study this Postgraduate Certificate as an independent study route or as part of a WBIS Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree.

How will I be taught?

There are three modules of study that make up this Postgraduate Certificate:
- Theoretical Perspectives on Work Based Learning
- Higher Education Frameworks for Negotiated Work Based Learning, Credit and Accreditation of Prior Learning
- Facilitation and Assessment in Work Based Learning

We use a blended approach to teaching and learning, including face-to-face workshop activity and supplementary online learning materials in the form of a virtual learning environment.

This course is delivered over three full-day workshops complemented by online resources and tutorial support.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via 100% coursework on a portfolio approach covering aspects of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), as a holistic assessment method.

You will negotiate aspects of your assessment, but normally it will be through three 20-credit assignments and facilitation and assessment evidence to meet Higher Education Academy requirements for Fellowship status.

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Overview. The. Masters. programme in. Work-Based Learning (WBL). at Newman University provides flexible lifelong learning opportunities for professionals currently in employment (either paid or voluntary). Read more

Overview

The Masters programme in Work-Based Learning (WBL) at Newman University provides flexible lifelong learning opportunities for professionals currently in employment (either paid or voluntary). The programme is designed to engage students in maximising their knowledge, skills, employability attributes and professional development opportunities needed in the workplace, by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research. As a result, students can become more informed and more effective at work.

Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to explore their own personal and professional interests, whilst utilizing (and building upon) their existing expertise. By focusing on a WBL approach to study, numerous benefits can be available to students such as: bespoke, relevant, student-focused, flexible programmes of study offering formal recognition of their occupational role; an acknowledgement of skills and knowledge gained at work; opportunities for workplace continual professional development (CPD) and career advancement; networking openings; alongside routes into various higher education awards. Indeed, if students wish to progress their studies even further then the WBL programme provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to doctoral study at level 8 such as PhD, EdD, DProf.

WBL has been defined as the learning arising from real-life activity within the workplace, with students taking work activities as a starting point for their studies. It is a structured and learner-managed approach to maximising learning and professional development opportunities. The focus is upon ‘capturing learning in the workplace’, by exploiting the different kinds of knowledge which can be used at work, via an application to working practices. This is achieved by centring upon the critical evaluation and synthesis of an individuals’ professional practice by specifically analysing their professional and personal development. Put simply, work-based learning is learning for work, at work and through work.

Awards available:

There are four core awards available to students, focusing on enhancing professional practice:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Professional Practice)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Professional Practice)
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Professional Practice)
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Professional Practice)

There are 12 subject-specific ’named awards’ available to students:

Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management)

Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Drama)

Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (English, Literature, and Society)

Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Health Mentor)

Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Heritage and Public History)

Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Social Care: Policy and Practice)

Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Working with Children, Young People & Families)

Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Youth and Community Work)

Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Applied Social Science)

Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management)

Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Healthcare Practice)

Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Health Mentor)

Who is it for?

The Master’s level WBL programmes at Newman University are designed to cater for learners already in employment (paid or unpaid), normally in professional settings, who are looking for:

  • Career enhancement.
  • Additional qualifications.
  • A subject-specific ‘named’ award e.g. MA in WBL (Enhancing Professional Practice).
  • Opportunities to engage in continual professional development (CPD).
  • Academic credit for their prior experiential and certificated learning.
  • Opportunities to use their work-based expertise and experiences as a focus for their studies.
  • Learning that is tailored to their personal needs, interests and aspirations.
  • Opportunities to develop their subject knowledge and expertise related to their professional role.

Progression opportunities for current Newman University postgraduate students:

There is an opportunity of progression for Newman University postgraduate students wishing to progress to a full Master’s degree from programmes such as:

PG Cert in Higher Education Practice

PG Cert in Heritage and Public History

PG Cert in Chaplaincy with Young People

PG Cert in Safeguarding

Attendance

The WBL courses will be delivered using a ‘blended’ approach, which consists of a mixture of distance learning (supported by materials available online), and some campus-based taught sessions. Campus-based taught sessions will only be used when necessary, and will usually be delivered at the Genners Lane Campus, at the weekend. 

In respect of student workload, it should be noted that 30 credit modules require 300 hours of study and a 60 credit module requires 600 hours of study.

Part-time students have a maximum period of study of 5 years to complete a full Master’s degree. However, students will normally complete a full Master’s degree on a part-time basis, over 2-3 years.

For students submitting an RPL/RPEL claim up to the maximum of 90 credits, a full Master’s degree could be completed in 12 months.

Assessment

Students will experience a range of work-based assessment formats including: written reports and essays, digital resource creation, project report and case study, e-portfolio, presentations, work-based research. Through the completion of such assessment activities, the course will develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of both learning-based and work-based situations.



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This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in mental health practice. Read more
This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in mental health practice. You can expect to gain significant opportunities in continuing professional development by choosing to study modules relevant to the field you work in which can also be taken as short courses.

About the course

Along with lectures and expert led clinics, you will also have regular small group seminars and tutorials, with the additional support of a personal tutor. This programme has a practical emphasis and also provides opportunities for additional attendance to short courses and conferences offered by the Department. You’ll have a choice of modules, excellent networking and peer support, and consistently positive feedback.

Why choose this course?

The MSc in Mental Health Practice is a taught, master’s programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in mental health practice.

It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of common mental health problems to reflect current trends in mental health practice.

This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.

Careers

International students should note that completion of one Msc in Mental Health Practice does not lead to registration to practice in the UK or endorse clinicians to consider themselves a specialist in Mental Health in the UK. This programme may be sufficient for practitioners to work as a specialist Mental Health practitioner in their country of origin, local requirements should be checked prior to commencing the programme.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Structure

Year 1
Optional Modules
-Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Services
-Contemporary Mental Health Interventions
-Core Competencies in Medical Practice
-Evidence Based Practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Expert Witness
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Leadership in Practice
-Mental Health Law
-Mind and Skin
-Physical Health/Mental Health: What's the Connection
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences
-Recovery and Social Inclusion. Partnerships in Mental Health Care
-Service Improvement
-Service Improvement Project
-Strategies for Identifying and Managing Addictive Behaviours
-Work Based Learning
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

Year 2
Optional Modules
-Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Services
-Contemporary Mental Health Interventions
-Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric professional practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Expert Witness
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences
-Recovery and Social Inclusion. Partnerships in Mental Health Care
-Service Improvement Project
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

Year 3
Optional Modules
-Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Services
-Contemporary Mental Health Interventions
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Expert Witness
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Mental Health Law
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences
-Recovery and Social Inclusion. Partnerships in Mental Health Care
-Service Improvement Project
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

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This programme has been developed to prepare clinicians and health and care professionals for their role as clinical educators and assessors. Read more
This programme has been developed to prepare clinicians and health and care professionals for their role as clinical educators and assessors. It is intended to develop skills in providing education within the working environment. It provides inter-professional working opportunities for the study of key aspects of medical education. It is useful for any medical, health or social care professional with an interest in developing their education knowledge and skills.

Programme structure

This programme is offered on a modular basis to fit in with existing commitments. Modules can also be studied on an individual basis. Some of the modules require minimal attendance, and have a large e-learning component; others require some attendance (typically 4 taught days spread out over several months) together with independent study.

Why choose this course?

-This programme has been developed in response to an evolving NHS and healthcare climate where clinicians are increasingly providing education and support within the working environment. The programme will equip medical and healthcare practitioners with knowledge and skills for developing outstanding educational expertise.
-You will study and explore aspects of educational theory and practice with particular emphasis on adult, clinical and work based learning. There is also an option to study simulation as an educational tool in our very well equipped clinical simulation centre - one of the largest in Europe.
-This programme provides the opportunity to experience a range of teaching and learning techniques, such as blended learning and psychomotor skills training, and the teaching approaches of a range of very experienced clinical educators.
-This programme leads to the award of MSc Health and Medical Education with interim awards of Postgraduate Diploma Health and Medical Education or Postgraduate Certificate Health and Medical Education.

Careers

This postgraduate programme offers the opportunity for clinicians working in positions where teaching and training is a requirement, to update and enhance their knowledge and skills. This is identified in the Gold Guide (DoH 1997), which specifies that those involved in the provision and management of postgraduate medical training programmes must have required competencies in the range of educational issues covered by the programme.

The programme

-Develops the critical skills required to become a knowledgeable and competent practitioner in work based learning in health and medical educational settings.
-Raises awareness and fosters critical problem solving regarding the wider contextual factors affecting educational issues in the workplace
-Fosters the advanced skills required for multi-professional and inter-professional working.
-Provides networking and peer support

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods are used during the programme including seminars, group work, e-learning, and work-based learning. The programme is well supported by expert educationalists; academics with expertise in work based and health based education; doctors and nurses with expertise in competency assessment; and key opinion leaders in the field so that it maintains links with practice and the ability to reflect current trends in educational practice and work based learning.

The course is intensive with a limited amount of classroom based teaching, and requires you to be a self-directed learner and make full use of the e-support provided and of the Virtual Learning Environment - StudyNet.

Structure

Optional Modules
-Clinical Supervision in Medical Practice
-Core Competencies in Medical Practice
-Evidence Based Practice
-Health Disciplines Project
-Health Technology and Innovation
-Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
-Leadership in Practice
-Technology Enhanced Learning
-Work Based Learning

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This Professional Development (Social Work) programme is linked to current trends in the social work profession, and offers qualified social workers the opportunity to consolidate, extend and develop their practice. Read more
This Professional Development (Social Work) programme is linked to current trends in the social work profession, and offers qualified social workers the opportunity to consolidate, extend and develop their practice. Based on the principles of credit accumulation and transfer, you can negotiate your own programme of study and work towards a Professional Development (Social Work) award - from a BA (Hons) to a full Masters.

Course detail

The course is unique in that you can choose learning opportunities from within and outside UWE Bristol to maintain, improve and broaden your knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required for your professional life.

The emphasis is on work-based learning and we encourage you to think critically about your own practice in a wide range of situations. This includes those associated with inter-agency and inter-professional work - in the context of the BASW Professional Capabilities Framework, Knowledge and Skills statements and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Practice. You will also have opportunities to explore service user and carer perspectives in relation to service provision with the service users and carers involved in the programme. We work closely with you to help define and develop the best approaches to achieving your personal goals, through self-directed study and peer learning.

Structure

This programme is very flexible, and you will liaise with the programme leader and the relevant people within your organisation to develop a learning plan that supports your personal and professional goals.

Your learning is supported by a wide range of online learning materials and tutorials. The only compulsory module is the Work Based Learning Project, which will reflect your individual route.

Work-Based Learning Project

This requires evidence of work, research or volunteering. You will have an appointed supervisor to plan and guide your work to evidence how you have developed your social work practice. The extent of work involved in this module depends on the award route you take.

You also select from a range of modules relating to social work and professional practice, and can choose taught modules from a wide range of UWE courses as well as bringing credits obtained from other Higher Education Institutions that we will assess and, if appropriate, accredit to your award.

Format

Teaching and learning methods depend on the modules you choose to study. As well as presentations and lectures from UWE Bristol lecturers, we also work with practitioners, researchers and managers with expertise in specific areas of social work. There are many opportunities for small group work and discussion to facilitate peer learning.

We work closely with social work agencies to design and deliver the course. Practitioners and managers are involved in teaching, assessing and quality assurance of the programme to ensure it reflects current developments and best practice in social work. Members of the social work service user and carer hub group contribute to the programme in a variety of ways.

Assessment

Assessment for the work-based learning elements of the programme is through coursework, which typically comprises reflective essays and work-based projects. Assessment techniques reflect the practical and applied nature of the programme.

Careers / Further study

Students who successfully complete this course will enhance their opportunities for promotion and specialism.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Social Work at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Social Work at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

This master's degree in Social Work aims to:

• prepare students for employment as professionally qualified social workers

• lay the foundation for students’ continuing professional development

• reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales

Key Features of MSc in Social Work

Performance:

- The Times Higher League Tables 2014 ranked the Undergraduate Social Work degree at Swansea joint 1st in the UK, and the Guardian League Table ranked social work in Swansea 1st in the UK in 2015.

- the Social Work programme meets all the Care Council requirements and is now fully approved as a professional social work programme as defined in The Approval and Visiting of Degree Courses in Social Work (Wales) Rules 2012

Teaching and Employability:

- 95% of Social Work students from Swansea University are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating (undergraduate programme). Postgraduate–level students are expected to be in similar demand

- the professional qualification is recognised in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as other countries such as Australia

- the Social Work programme operates in partnership with five local authorities in the South West Wales region: Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion

- teaching from a wide range of practitioners from social work teams and agencies plus guest speakers from Welsh Government

- a minimum of 200 days practice learning are undertaken

- successful completion allows students to register as qualified social workers with the Care Council for Wales

- applicants may be eligible for a student bursary from the Care Council for Wales which includes a contribution towards tuition fee

Social Work is about change and human growth through supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and local communities.

Social work has been an established course at Swansea University for many years and combines a commitment to both academic excellence and practical learning. There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors.

The master's degree in Social Work lays the foundation for students’ continuing professional development. It also reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales.

Qualifying Social Work students will be:

- equipped to understand and work within the context of a profession whose nature, scope and purpose can be the subject of contested debate

- able to critically analyse, adapt to, manage and eventually lead the process of required changes in social work, delivery of social services, and social care policy and law

- prepared to promote bilingual service provision in Wales and to be able to critically reflect on the importance of the Welsh context as a cultural, social and historical landscape for social work practice

This qualification in Social Work is also recognised by Care Councils in other UK nations.

First year postgraduate Social Work students have the opportunity to participate in a 3 week global opportunity at the University of Houston, Texas.

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Social Work programme typically include:

Theories and Perspectives for Informing Social Work

Social Work Skills and Knowledge in Practice

Critical Practice in Child Care & Law

Ethics and Values in Social Work

Undertaking & Using Social Work Research for Practice

Social Work Skills and Knowledge and Service Users' Perspectives

Dissertation in Social Work Research and Evidence for Practice

Critical Practice in Adult Care & Law

Social Work Course Structure

The Social Work course is both academic and practice-based and students are required to undertake a minimum of 200 days practice learning across the two years. Half of the Social Work programme is devoted to supervised practice in social service agencies, where students learn through observation, rehearsal and performance. The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.

Social Work students will undertake academic study based on Singleton campus during Semester 1 and then placement learning in a social care agency during Semester 2.

During Semester 1, Social Work students can expect to be on campus a minimum of four days per week. Placement learning is full-time Monday to Friday, following agency hours. Students will undertake 200 days of practice learning across the 2 years.

In Year One Social Work students undertake a 20-day observational placement followed by an 80-day ‘direct practice’ placement.

In Year Two students undertake a 100-day ‘direct-practice’ placement. The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.

In Year Two students will be expected to complete a ‘desk-based’ research project and complete a dissertation with supervised support from a member of the teaching team.

Staff Expertise

All teaching staff members on the Social Work course are research active and involved in research activity at both national and international level which spans a number of interest areas including: looked-after children, sexuality and wellbeing, service user and carer involvement in education, asylum seeking children and migration, children’s rights and welfare, and social inclusion and care needs of older people.

Career Prospects

There are many possibilities for career progression in social work and for postgraduate and post qualification study. UK social work qualifications are also recognised in other countries.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, Social Work students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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IN BRIEF. Support your career progression within the field of health and social care education and become an NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Support your career progression within the field of health and social care education and become an NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher
  • Teaching and learning techniques used will advance your personal growth as a leader of education and enable you to deliver excellent health and social education care now and in the future
  • Use this certificate as part of the MSc Leading Education for Health and Social Care Reform
  • Part-time study option

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will prepare you as an effective leader of health and social care education whilst at the same time provide you with an opportunity to become an NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher.

This postgraduate certificate is the vehicle to achieve successful entry onto the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Practice Teacher register.

This course is different to others as it combines developing yourself in the role as NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher whilst at the same time developing your skills, knowledge, qualities and behaviours of an effective leader of health and social care education. Within the context of your organisation, you will develop the skills to lead practice based learning that is based on sound education and leadership practices that are research and evidence based. You will develop the skills to take into consideration the complexity of the different levels of practice and student experience. You will critically apply the NMC Practice Teacher Standard, thus facilitate learning within a professional and inter-professional learning and working environment and in collaboration with the range of teaching personnel. You will be provided with opportunities to design and undertake assessment of educational knowledge, attitudes and skills in the practice context and identify a clear theory and/or research and evidence base in the design of learning, teaching and assessment.

There are opportunities for you to work flexibly full or part-time with options to use credits from this course towards the MSc Leading Education for Health and Social Care Reform.

COURSE DETAILS

The range of knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an effective practice teacher and educational leader have been carefully developed into two specialist modules.

Teaching and learning strategies reflect the real world recognising that you as Practice Teacher and educational leader have to present, report, justify, reflect, defend and write critically. Therefore you will be given opportunities to develop these skills throughout the course. These strategies will also prepare you to work in the range of health and social care practice setting that are often in a state of flux and transformation.

The teaching and learning strategies are dependent on sound group dynamics, trust and cohesion. The course commences with an induction day which explores students’ expectations, hopes and fears, work based learning opportunities, along with confidentiality and other issues. Specific teaching and learning strategies include: seminars, master classes, teaching experience, and shadowing experienced health and social care educational leaders. These are interactive, discursive, participatory, collaborative and practice based and employ a variety of teaching and learning methods including group activities, sharing of work based and learning experiences and personal and group reflections on educational leadership and practice Teacher ‘real life’ scenarios , utilising best-evidence generated from models, theoretical concepts, the workplace and their own experiences.

TEACHING

A variety of teaching approaches will be employed to provide a rich and diverse immersive and experiential learning environment. All sessions will target specific NMC Practice Teacher domains and will focus on your role as an educational leader. Specific teaching and learning strategies include:

  • Seminars
  • Work based learning
  • Workshops
  • Practice profile evidence building and shadowing experienced health and social care educational leaders.
  • Sharing of work based and learning experiences and personal and group reflections on educational leadership and Practice Teacher 'real life' scenarios
  • Attendance of action learning sets provide more focused opportunities for peer review and feedback and provide a safe environment to resolve 'real life' leadership and Practice Teacher issues and to develop you into the role of Practice Teacher
  • Assessment in practice by your Practice Teacher Mentor

ASSESSMENT

The course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will undertake, and include:

  • Poster presentation to critically explore an aspect of clinical teaching and learning in education
  • Practice profile summary demonstrating your achievement of the 8 domains within the NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher Standard
  • Development of a simulated clinical teaching and learning scenario and clinical viva (100%)

EMPLOYABILITY

  • Completing CPD is now an essential part of maintaining your professional registration.
  • By undertaking CPD modules and courses, students demonstrate to employers a commitment to the profession.
  • Undertaking modules leads to better career prospects and promotion.
  • Modules are aligned to the College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework ASYE, Social Worker, Experienced Social Worker, and Advanced social worker levels.
  • Successful completion of the course demonstrates your capability to become a Strategic level social worker.
  • The course supports The College of Social Work developmental pathways of Professional Social Work Educator, Advanced Social Work Practitioner and Social Work Manager.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Following completion of the course you will have developed the expertise to lead education in health and social care contexts. There are opportunities for you to use credits from any existing postgraduate educational studies (NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher and Stage 4 Teacher Award) towards this  Master’s programme. This provides you with a flexible and dynamic educational leadership career pathway.  Indeed this is a real strength of attending the programme.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This course supports you to develop a teaching career in education within the field of health and social care and Higher Education.



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The MSc in Social Work is intended to provide a programme of postgraduate study in social work leading to registration with the Scottish Social Services Council. Read more
The MSc in Social Work is intended to provide a programme of postgraduate study in social work leading to registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.

In the first two semesters students are orientated towards the programme design and philosophy; introduced to practice learning and core social work skills; given a grounding in the legal framework of social work practice; and given the opportunity to develop and test out their learning skills in preparation for the remainder of the programme. The remaining time on the programme will be structured according to individual student's needs and available learning opportunities. Students will be given full opportunity to learn in and about diverse practice settings and with a range of client groups.

Learning will build around a series of assessment tasks, which will enable students to make direct connections between the various knowledge and skills components of social work practice in real practice contexts.

Why study Social Work at Dundee?

The MSc in Social Work is delivered within the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education. This reflects the multi-disciplinary context in which social work operates as a profession.

The aims of the programme are to equip our graduates to:
Work with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities
Function as an agent of change
Work for social justice
Act with a strong professional identity
Practise as accountable and autonomous professionals
Operate with confidence within their sphere of competence
Identify the need for and plan on-going professional development for themselves and their colleagues
Function competently in multi-disciplinary teams and settings
Practise in partnership with service users and carers
Demonstrate competence in all key roles of the Standards in Social Work Education

Carers and Users Group

The social work discipline has one of the longest standing and most innovative Carers and Users groups connected to the programme.

This will provide you with crucial perspectives and experiences of service users and carers in the delivery and development of the programme.An example of this is the award winning 'Community Care and the Caring Experience' module which offers you a unique opportunity to develop a relationship with a career in order to examine and reflect upon the experience of caring and being cared for.

What's so good about Social Work at Dundee?

Research-led teaching:
"The strength of your department and teaching really is something very special. I have studied at the University before, but I have never experienced such commitment and passion in one group of people, and I feel truly privileged to have been a part of it."
Rebecca Laing - MSc in Social Work Student 2013

Professional accreditation:
The MSc in Social Work is professionally accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Practice learning opportunities

The programme has links with a broad range of excellent agencies across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. This provides students with exceptional practice learning opportunities.

Due to the geographical location of the University, you will be able to take advantage of practice learning opportunities across a range of locations including Dundee, Perth, Fife, Angus and Edinburgh. This adds a depth and richness to the opportunities available and broadens the networks that students can establish during their time on the programme.

Who should study this course?

This programme is intended for students who wish to qualify and register as a social worker with the Scottish Social Services Council and who wish to study on an innovative and engaging Master's level programme.

"There isn't a 'typical' undergraduate degree and work experience path that leads to the MSc in Social Work and so students bring a diverse range of knowledge and experience. What this means for me as a tutor is the opportunity to work with a diverse range of students and help them realise their academic and inter-personal potential."
Ann Hodson – Lecturer in Social Work, 2014

How you will be taught

The programme combines periods of campus based learning and practice learning within social work related agencies. The programme is built on adult learning principles and you will be encouraged to make links with the experience, knowledge and skills that you bring to the programme. Students are expected to be able to be self-directed in their learning whilst benefitting from the support and contributions of academic staff, professional partners and service users and carers.

The curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching and learning methods including:
Taught inputs for academic staff and practitioners
Problem solving and research tasks individually and in groups
Practice learning opportunities in a diverse range of social work related workplaces.
Tutor and peer support
Skills based role-play
Service user and carer perspectives

"We are able through our partnership with the MSc in Social Work programme, not only to be involved, but importantly, to influence how you will be prepared with the knowledge, and skills, to recognise and deliver the services we all need."
John Dow (Carers and Users Group, 2014)

What you will study

The MSc programme is designed around 7 assessment-based modules:
Professional Decision Making - A (module 1a)
Community Care and the Caring Experience (module 2)
Integrated Social Work Practice – A (module 5a)
Professional Development of Self, Peers & Colleagues (module 4)
Professional Decision Making – B (module 1b)
Evaluating and Contributing to Policy Development (module 3)
Integrated Social Work Practice – B (module 5b)

How you will be assessed

The programme is assessed through essay based tasks. The emphasis is on the links between theory and practice and all assessments locate knowledge within practice contexts.

Careers

The MSc in Social Work provides graduates with the professionally required social work qualification and opens up employment opportunities across a broad range of social work roles in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. The qualification is generic and equips graduates to work across the broad range of service user groups and practice contexts.

"Absolutely delighted that *all* of my MSc Social Work tutor group have got jobs!"
Jon Bolton, course tutor, 2012

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The MSc Clinical Medicine (Evidence Based Practice) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. Read more

The MSc Clinical Medicine (Evidence Based Practice) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. The course is designed for practicing Medical Doctors and other Healthcare Professionals who are looking to develop and refine their clinical, leadership and research skills and develop understanding of effective teamwork and best practice. The MSc Clinical Medicine (Evidence Based Practice) aims to enhance innovation, leadership, teaching, learning, and research skills, thereby facilitating personal and professional development and strengthening participants’ ability to bring about positive change, solve problems effectively, and ensure patient safety.

The Evidence Based Practice Masters will be differentiated from the other Masters routes by its structure, by the demonstration of a deepening understanding of Evidence Based Practice through 7WB001 (Work Based Learning) and 7WH109 (Clinical Governance) and their application to clinical practice within 7HW015 (the Masters dissertation module).

This course has a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of both clinical practice and research, and encourages participants to reflect critically on workplace experiences in primary and/or secondary care. For participants, the course aims to provide a clear framework which supports CPD, recognition of prior learning and work based learning.

The course aims to provide a route that is also ideal for Doctors who wish to take a different speciality, to change medical career routes and for doctors seeking further accreditation of subspecialty expertise.

What skills will you gain?

Postgraduate Certificate

At the end of 60 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Evidence Based Practice
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses in Evidence Based Practice

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Postgraduate Diploma

At the end of 120 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Evidence Based Practice
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate,to propose new hypotheses.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Evidence Based Practice.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Master’s Degree

At the end of 180 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a professional clinical role within the NHS context.

2. Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed or are developing with a focus relevant to Evidence Based Practice.

3. Critically reflect on the academic and practical application of theories and practices in the NHS context with a focus relevant to Evidence Based Practice.

4. Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative clinical professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Evidence Based Practice.

5. Critically appraise professional standards within the health sector and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Evidence Based Practice.

6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at master’s level within Evidence Based Practice.



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This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in mental health practice. Read more
This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in mental health practice. You can expect to gain significant opportunities in continuing professional development by choosing to study modules relevant to the field you work in which can also be taken as short courses.

About the courses

Along with lectures and expert led clinics, you will also have regular small group seminars and tutorials, with the additional support of a personal tutor. This programme has a practical emphasis and also provides opportunities for additional attendance to short courses and conferences offered by the Department. You’ll have a choice of modules, excellent networking and peer support, and consistently positive feedback.

Why choose this course?

-The MSc Psychiatric Practice is a taught, master’s programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in mental health practice.
-It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of common mental health problems to reflect current trends in mental health practice.
-This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.

Professional Accreditations

The programme prepares specialist trainees for Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRC Psych).

Careers

International students should note that completion of one MSc Psychiatric Practice does not lead to registration to practice in the UK or endorse clinicians to consider themselves a specialist in Mental Health in the UK. This programme may be sufficient for practitioners to work as a specialist Mental Health practitioner in their country of origin, local requirements should be checked prior to commencing the programme.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Structure

Year 1
Optional Modules
-Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Services
-Contemporary Mental Health Interventions
-Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric professional practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Evidence Based Practice - Classroom Based
-Expert Witness
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
-History of Psychiatry
-Mental Health Law
-Physical Health/Mental Health: What's the Connection
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences
-Recovery and Social Inclusion. Partnerships in Mental Health Care
-Service Improvement
-Service Improvement Project
-Strategies for Identifying and Managing Addictive Behaviours
-The Mind and the Skin
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

Year 2
Optional Modules
-Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Services
-Contemporary Mental Health Interventions
-Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric professional practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Evidence Based Practice - Classroom Based
-Expert Witness
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
-History of Psychiatry
-Mental Health Law
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences
-Recovery and Social Inclusion. Partnerships in Mental Health Care
-Service Improvement Project
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

Year 3
Optional Modules
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Expert Witness
-Mental Health Law
-Service Improvement Project

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Prepare for a career in social work with a course that is well connected with social work and social care service providers in the region. Read more

Prepare for a career in social work with a course that is well connected with social work and social care service providers in the region. As a result of these connections, you get the benefit of supervised practical work in a range of social work settings.

Placements and work experience

Practical work experience is at the heart of this course. We have a 100% record of placing students in quality-audited placements. You spend 170 days putting what you’ve learned into practice in real working situations, such as • social work teams • family centres • primary care practices • hospitals • mental health settings • women's refuges and a range of family support services for vulnerable people.

These placements take place with our partners in local authority, private and voluntary agencies across South Yorkshire and the North East Midlands. Previous students have worked in statutory local authority social work teams, NHS mental health units, youth offending teams working with the police, and charities including the NSPCC, Age UK, Barnados, Mind and Women's Aid.

Your placements are supported by 30 specialist skills days. You work with experts, professionals and service users on specific topics such as how to assess risky behaviour, or interventions for safeguarding children. In your final year, we run a workshop with employers on how to apply for jobs in social work.

There are also opportunities to spend time studying abroad. Previous students have attended a summer school in Berlin, gaining new, international perspectives on social work and discovering how it is practised around the world.

Facilities

During the time you spend at university, you are based at our Collegiate Crescent Campus which includes our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building, a newly built Heart of the Campus complex and a learning centre which is open 24 hours and seven days a week. You use specialist facilities including our courtroom, where you learn how to give evidence, and our virtual reality training environment which is used to practise different cases.

Expertise

We are one of the most experienced providers of social work, education in the country, and we have a wide range of expertise. Social work is part of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, which enables us to apply specialist knowledge and resources from across a range of health and social care professions.

All our teaching staff are qualified and experienced social workers, or have experience in related professions. You experience a range of different ways of learning, including role play with actors, real-life case studies and virtual reality experiences alongside lectures and seminars,

Many of our lecturers are involved in research in social work and have a well-established reputation in various international projects, including

  • international practice learning opportunities for students
  • EU-funded projects to develop an international curriculum
  • projects developing social work practice and social work education.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). After successfully completing the course you are eligible to apply to register with them to practise as a social worker.

We are in a transitional period where the work of the College of Social Work has come to an end and some functions are temporarily hosted by the British Association of Social Work.

Course structure

This is a full time course that can lead to professional registration as a social worker and therefore requires extensive study.

Taught modules take place on average three days a week. but you will be required to engage in study outside of these times. A large proportion of the course is spent on placement within social care organisations – during these times you are required to attend for five days a week. 

Social work programmes provide a combination of practice learning and academic modules, that build together in order to equip you with the range of knowledge and skills you need in order to meet the requirements of this challenging profession. The strategies of teaching, learning and assessment across the 24 months are progressive, so that you gradually develop the abilities to be a self-directed learner. At the beginning of each year there will be an induction period to help you orient yourself to the shape of your studies for that year, and the increasing levels of academic and professional standards expected of you.

Additionally, some of the academic modules contain skills days, which further reinforce that there are strong links between the intellectual abilities you need in order to be a social worker, and the practice skills that are also needed. The programme structure comprises five interrelated elements

  • pre-enrolment and induction
  • the inter professional learning module
  • core professional modules
  • mandatory practice education modules
  • independent learning

Year one modules

  • Introduction to social work
  • Law and policy for social work
  • Psycho-social theories and methods for social work practice
  • Readiness for social work practice
  • Research knowledge, methods and skills for social work
  • Practice learning 1 and 2
  • Social work skills development days

Year two modules

  • Theories and knowledge for social work, applied across the life course
  • The organisational context of social work
  • The enhanced social work practitioner
  • Dissertation

Assessment

  • essays
  • examinations
  • practice-learning portfolios
  • group and individual presentations
  • report writing.

Employability

You will be able to take advantage of a high demand for qualified social workers in the South Yorkshire and East Midlands regions and nationally in areas such as • social services departments • education and other local authority departments • residential care • housing associations • national and local voluntary organisations • private sector care providers.

You can work in careers alongside other professionals including • nurses • police officers • lawyers • teachers • occupational therapists • doctors • housing officers • a range of care and support staff.

You work with a range of people who require professional support such as • children and young people • parents and carers • people with mental health problems, learning difficulties or physical disabilities • older adults • refugees and asylum seekers.



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The MA Social Work enables those with a BA degree to obtain the new professional qualification in Social Work, as well as a Masters degree. Read more

The MA Social Work enables those with a BA degree to obtain the new professional qualification in Social Work, as well as a Masters degree. The University of Birmingham is the oldest running social work education programme in the country and we are proud of our history. The MA Social Work welcomes applications from international students.

You can also find out why our students love living and studying in Birmingham.

Course details

The MA follows an exciting programme. Committed to social justice, anti-oppressive practice and relationship based social work and drawing upon a number of disciplines informing social work practice, it includes the study of social work values, knowledge, law, theories, methods and skills. You undertake two assessed social work placements, the first lasting 70 days and the second 100 days. International students undertake the same placements as UK students and obtain a detailed understanding of the operation of the English social work system. Additional teaching offers students the opportunity to focus on particular areas of interest and exciting new projects, such as the International Exchange Project, and the award-winning Survivor Arts Project, allow students to move beyond the core curriculum and explore different ways of seeing the world and more creative ways of working. Watch the following video diary of our first exchange visit to Rotterdam, and a film of our award-winning Survivor Arts Project.

Learning and teaching

Service user and carer involvement

On the MA Social Work, service users, carers and practitioners work alongside academics to create a dynamic environment, both within the department and during supervised practice. The department values highly the contribution service user and carer colleagues make, and feedback from students confirms just how important the user perspective is in helping them to develop greater insight into the role social work can play in people's lives.

Involving service users and carers in all aspects of admissions and the development and delivery of our social work qualifying programmes is a priority for us. We believe it offers students the opportunity to have a thorough grounding in service users' and carers' experiences and expectations from the very start of their social work training.

More information about service user and carer involvement in social work education

Meet some of our contributors

Practice placements

Due to its location and strong links with partner placement agencies, the University of Birmingham is able to provide a wide range of practice opportunities within statutory, voluntary and independent social care settings. The social work department is also fortunate to have a range of exciting new small student units and innovative practice projects and we regularly receive excellent feedback from students about these. The learning gained from these placements support and build on the learning taking place at the university.

Blended learning approach to teaching and assessment - Combining Facebook and enquiry-based blended learning to teach social media skills

The following short film outlines how Facebook and an enquiry-based blended learning design were used to help students develop professional social media skills, knowledge and approaches. The film also includes student feedback about their experiences of engaging with this learning design. As educators, we are aware that students who connect using Facebook during their studies can maintain these social networks once they leave University. They can also potentially use these social networks to discuss future work related issues. To enable students to learn about the potential and pitfalls of sharing, communicating and collaborating using social networks once in employment, this learning design was developed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to use these tools professionally. This film provides an illustration of the commitment social work staff at the University of Birmingham have in continually striving to ensure their students are equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge necessary for their future roles.

Employability

This degree leads to an MA in Social Work with the Professional Qualification in Social Work which provides eligibility to apply to register with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is the qualification required to practice as a professional social worker. As well as equipping you with a professional qualification, gaining the MA allows you to progress on to post qualifying courses or to apply to continue with your academic studies at PhD level.



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Learning disability nurses enable individuals to live their lives to their full potential within the social context they choose, through collaborative interventions across a variety of health and social care settings and by using specialist input, through person centred practice, underpinned by the concept of partnership working. Read more
Learning disability nurses enable individuals to live their lives to their full potential within the social context they choose, through collaborative interventions across a variety of health and social care settings and by using specialist input, through person centred practice, underpinned by the concept of partnership working.

This course teaches you to promote social inclusion, good mental and physical health and self-determination through developing your skills, knowledge and attributes. All learning is grounded in a strong evidence base of integrative health and social care modelling. Our placements are varied, offering you the chance to create a future career that will be rewarding both for your personal and professional advancement.

Modules

You will be taught separately from the three-year undergraduate students and will study the following:

Year 1

Improving quality, change management and leadership
Building practice skills for learning disability nursing
Applied physiology, growth and development
Contemporary issues in learning disability nursing

Year 2

Research in health and social care
Enhancing practice skills in learning disability nursing
Complexity in learning disabilities
Advanced communication

MSc pathway

You'll follow the same modules as outlined above for the PgDip, with the addition of a dissertation:

Dissertation
Assessment methods vary within each module, mapped against the professional standards as outlined by the NMC (2010) and assessed either through course work, and/or clinical placement assessments. Written assessments include essays, case study's, and critical reviews of evidence for example. Clinical practice assessments include achievements of identified competencies, a learning assessment portfolio, and problem based scenarios.

Teaching and learning

You'll be expected to work as an independent adult learner, working alongside academic staff to expand and extend your knowledge, skills and attitudes as a critical scholar in the field of Intellectual Disabilities.

You'll be allocated a personal tutor, a cohort leader, and a course director, plus clinical mentors, and link lecturers whilst on placement.

The course makes use of the virtual learning environment MOODLE, an interactive based system for accurate and rapid information sharing, so course materials are available whenever you need them. A range of learning styles are employed, including visits from service users and their carers, to ensure the course remains contemporary and applied to real life situations.

Placements

Every student will spend 50% of the course on placement. You'll have the opportunity to work in partnership with individuals with learning disabilities and their families using a health mentoring model. Alternatively you can work in partnership with community based organisations on projects where all parties increase their awareness, understanding and valuing of their roles, using strength based approaches.

The placement aim is to provide a broad range of experiences working with children and adults with learning disabilities in a variety of settings. This will enhance your knowledge and experience of the range of challenges people with a learning disability may face on a daily basis and what can be done to assist not only the individual but also their families.

You'll also gain insight into what is available to support workers and organisations providing services in the areas of physical and mental health, complex care needs, communication, behaviours of concern, sexuality, personal care and a range of other areas.

Professional links

The learning disability nursing programmes at LSBU have a long history of partnership working with agencies in the NHS and independent and voluntary sector. The Professional Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at the Department of Health England is a frequent guest speaker who inspires Learning Disability nurses to influence and innovate.

Learning disability nursing as a career

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through the emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching which leads to a professional qualification leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

There is an increasing body of research that shows the need for learning disability nurses as a specialist resource to address health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities. The course will give you the specialist knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of services, and the confidence to work collaboratively with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers, and other professionals and agencies.

Role and responsibilities

As a learning disabilities nurse you would work with people of all ages to give them the skills and confidence they need to live as independently as possible. You'd be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be responsible for co-ordinating care plans with other healthcare professionals, as well as monitoring progress. A learning disabilities nurse would be responsible for making an initial assessment of a patient's health and social care needs.

Day-to-day duties would be likely to include help and encouragement with tasks such as personal hygiene, dressing, using public transport, shopping, leisure interests, making and attending appointments, and finding a job. Learning disabilities nursing also involves campaigning on behalf of those with learning disabilities, supporting the agenda for equality and trying to improve healthcare services for those with learning difficulties.

Career progression

Successful graduates of the PgDip can top-up to MSc in one year and will be qualified to study a range of further specialist postgraduate pathways. With additional experience, advanced practice is available at Masters level with the potential to progress to doctorate studies. Once you are a registered nurse browse our online CPPD prospectus to find out what courses are on offer to help with your professional development.

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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