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MA Social Work (with Professional Registration)

Course Description

Why Study?
This full time course offers the opportunity to achieve a Masters degree and a professional qualification in social work. The course is committed to excellence in academic standards and research mindedness. The social work programme involves service users and carers in all aspects of the course and supports an inter-professional perspective in both the theory and practice of social work. Students will be required to undertake 200 days of placement in a social work setting supported by practice teachers and assessors. Students study the law, social work with children. Families and adults, research methods and complete a dissertation. There is a small group in each year and the staff are committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and challenging environment for study.

What you Study
On the social work training programme, theory and practice are reflectively integrated, so that one informs and develops the other and this is progressively developed through the course. Practice and theory have equal value on the programme. As a research intensive university the course will benefit from the research environment informing the teaching and learning on the programme. Students will be encouraged to leave the programme with a research / evidence based practice outlook and a commitment to continue to be critically reflective of and involved in the research and evaluation agenda within social work practice.The practice educators are as integral to the programme as the university tutors. The Practice Assessment Panel as the module team for the practice modules brings together practitioners tutors and service users and carers in the delivery, assessment and quality assurance of practice within the programme.

The social work team are committed to extending and developing the place of service users and carers in the design, delivery, assessment and quality assurance of the programme. In addition there is a firm commitment to similarly developing the place of practitioners on the programme. We are aware that this is unlikely to be a smooth progressive development, particularly given the competing demands on everyone's time and the problematic of tokenism and truly representative functioning of involvement on the programme. Nevertheless there is currently a very good level of service user and carer and practitioner involvement in the BA social work programme in all aspects and the MA programme will do likewise. The programme has begun a project with service users and carers to use their experience and knowledge in helping social work students learn about the service user experience and to attain knowledge and skills around interviewing.The programme will be contextualised within a commitment to anti-oppressive practice.

Students will be expected to critically reflect on themselves and others in relation to the experience of oppression. Students will be expected to develop effective anti-oppressive approaches to the provision of social work in a variety of practice placements and in the academic work on the programme.Students will be supported through an intensive level of personal tutor support that takes them through the programme helping them to negotiate both academic work and practice placement. The Masters programme will be a small group of around 20 students with personal tutorial support in groups of five. This will provide an environment within which students can grow and develop and where potential shortfalls in learning, both before, and during the course, can be identified and appropriately supported.

The social work team has worked hard to develop new and interesting placements in the voluntary and statutory sectors. In particular we have developed innovatory placements in the extended schools and children's centres in Wakefield. This will give students an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge alongside other professional workers in line with the most recent workforce and practice developments predicated on the Every Child Matters Agenda and the Children Act 2004.This placement development will also make a contribution to the development of practice placements nationally in line with the university's knowledge transfer and research strategies via a funded evaluation of the work and regional and national workshops that will flow from it.

As a further development from this work the social work team are engaged with the delivery and evaluation of a knowledge transfer project that has received national government funding through the Innovation Unit, to develop the schools based workforce through the transfer of social work skills. Students will benefit through discussion and analysis of this in line with the university's strategy for research minded teaching and learning. In addition there will be a contribution to the development of the local economy and workforce also in line with the university strategy map.The MA programme will seek to develop the international agenda through internationalisation at home and in addition move towards a planned development of international partnerships and tutor and student exchanges in the future.

Visit the MA Social Work (with Professional Registration) page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a degree at a 2:1 or above in a Social care related degree- Social Sciences form a significant element of the curriculum• GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or equivalent• Copies of Certificates and Qualifications• Have studied in the last 5 years• 500 hours of Social care experience, paid / voluntary or as a carer• Satisfactory police* and health* clearance.• Two satisfactory references; one of which must normally be an academic reference, the other which comments on your 500 hours of social care experience• Successful individual interview

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