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