Social Work is a practice based profession which engages people and groups to address complex life challenges and enhance well being. The social work discipline is underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and practice based knowledge. Our enthusiastic staff group bring a wide variety of experiences from practice and research which include: child rights, gerontology, protection and safeguarding and the value base of social work. We have a long established history of providing social work at Keele and offer an informed and critical approach to knowledge about the social content in which social work is practiced. We offer an excellent range of practice placements and our highly regarded skill based learning is led by social work practitioners and people who use services. Graduates from the MA programmes have consistently demonstrated high rates of progression into relevant employment.
We also offer a Professional Doctorate in Social Work for registered social work practitioners. More information is available at the following link: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/
The course prepares you at postgraduate level for employment as a professionally qualified social worker and lays the foundation for your continuing professional development. It also provides an academically rigorous education at Masters Level, focusing on critical, research and evaluative skills. In order to qualify, you will be assessed through assessed practice and relevant academic study. After qualification you are eligible to apply for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). For this process all social work students (undergraduate and postgraduate) must be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, critical evaluation and practice application of the following: - Principles, values and ethics, theories, models and methods;
- Legislation and policy/social work services and service users;
- Organisational/service delivery context;
This professional qualifying programme continues for two full calendar years (24 months) full-time, starting in September. Teaching methods include seminars, lectures, workshops and skills workshops employing a range of methods. All parts of the course are compulsory. The programme incorporates the following elements:
- 300 Masters Level credits, of which 60 credits are awarded on the basis of a dissertation and 240 credits through taught modules – these are to be passed at Masters Level, with a pass mark of 50%, for the award of MA;
- Assessment in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work comprising practice learning of 170 days and practice associated assignments which are to be passed at Masters level;
- The core curriculum content as specified by the College of Social Work;
- Compliance with QAA benchmark statement for social work.
In Year One of the course you must demonstrate your suitability for professional training in order to progress to the next stage of the award. This year will also introduce you to the general principles of social work. Year Two aims to develop analytical, research and evaluation skills integrated with your developing practice, knowledge, skills and values. Each year includes practice learning in a social work setting.
Year One: Taught Modules
(Assessed at Masters level (credits in brackets) - total 70 Level 4 credits)
- Power and discrimination (10) - Introduction to legal processes (10) - Social work theory and methods 1 (10) - Area of Practice 1: children and families (15) - Area of Practice 1: adults (social science, law, policy and practice) (15) - Life course development (10)
Personal and Professional Development - Taught element (interpersonal skills, preparation for practice learning) - 100 days practice learning
Year Two: Taught Modules
(Assessed at Masters level (credits in brackets) - total 50 Level 4 credits)
- Social work theory and methods 2 (10) - Social work research (10) - Area of practice 2: children and families (law, disability, mental health, inter-professional working, risk) (15) - Area of practice 2: adults (law, disability, mental health, interprofessional working, risk) (15)
Dissertation: 15,000 words dissertation (60 Level 4 credits) Personal and Professional Development
- Taught element (interpersonal skills, preparation for practice learning) - 100 days practice learning
Teaching & Assessment
You are required to pass all written assignments including essays and case studies, and examinations (year two only), together with a dissertation. You must also reach a satisfactory level of competence in relation to the Standards of Proficiency and Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work.
A central feature of this approach is the recognition that you are responsible for your own learning.
Teaching Methods: We recognise that different people learn in different ways and so we use a variety of methods to ensure that you have ample opportunity to develop you knowledge and skills. These methods include: lectures, group discussions, skills workshops, skills rehearsals, seminars, computer-aided learning and information technology, directed study, private study, self-help groups, direct practice, and tutorials.
- Additional costs for textbooks, inter-library loans, photocopying, printing, and potential overdue library fines.
- DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks: In addition to meeting academic requirements, all offers are conditional on candidates obtaining a satisfactory, enhanced disclosure and barring service check. This procedure is carried out before the start of the course and will incur a charge of £44 (the current cost of a DBS disclosure).
No other additional costs for this postgraduate programme are anticipated.
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