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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    08 March 2017

Course content

On this practice-based social work course, your studies will be supervised by experienced practitioners, and you can expect an induction, a protected workload and a study day most weeks while on placement.

All placements are under constant development with our employer partners, and you may be eligible for a bursary administered by the NHS Bursaries Unit.

Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Why choose this course?

• Study the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for social work practice at qualification level with adults and children in the private, voluntary and independent sectors
• Explore the role of social work, its inter-relationship with other disciplines, and the ethical base for practice where initiative is balanced with accountability to employers, the profession, service-users and carers
• Develop a deep and systematic understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches, and acquire the skills necessary for analytical research-informed practice in areas of complexity, diversity and unpredictability
• Gain the skills in flexibility, critical reflexivity and emotional literacy which underpin collaborative social work practice and proactive professional development
• Benefit from classroom and placement activities which will enable you to develop collaborative and communication abilities that can be applied to complex problem-solving tasks.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/social-work#about

Course detail

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this course offers students a rewarding career path. In addition to gaining a postgraduate qualification, successful students will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and when registered will be able to pursue a professional social work career in a range of settings.

On this practice-based social work course, your studies will be supervised by experienced practitioners, and you can expect an induction, a protected workload and a study day most weeks while on placement.

[[ Year 1]]

• Working with people: theories and methods for social work practice
• People in context: ethics, legislation and social policy for social work practice
• Skills development and first placement (70 days)

Year 2

• Knowledge for social work: critically reflective and research-informed practice
• Critical issues in specialist and inter-professional practice
• Last placement (100 days)


Your academic learning will be assessed using a range of methods including reflective assignments, case studies, group and individual presentations, research tasks and examinations.

Assessments are designed to integrate theory and practice throughout the course and the variety of assessment methods used develops academic and professional skills in writing concisely and drawing on your knowledge with confidence, for different purposes and audiences.

Your practice learning will be supported by practice educators and assessed at each stage through observation of direct work, critical and reflective learning logs and reports contained in a portfolio of practice evidence.

Assessments throughout the course are designed to provide a range of opportunities for you to develop increasing confidence and autonomy and ultimately demonstrate your knowledge and skills in all areas necessary for competent practice as a newly qualified social worker.


Successful students will be eligible to apply to enter the HCPC Professional Register as qualified social workers and to work in a wide range of statutory, private, voluntary and independent organisations.

You will also have the benefit of an academic award at postgraduate level, demonstrating your capacity for deep understanding, initiative and the management of complexity.

These skills may equip you for further academic study such as a Professional Doctorate or PhD, or enable you to contribute to the knowledge base of your chosen profession with practice-based research.

As a qualified Social Worker, you will also be eligible, after a period of consolidation in practice, to apply for one of the University’s post-qualifying courses designed to support Social Workers in their continuous professional development.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MSc Social Work page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!





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