The MA in Social Work is due to be re-validated for those who wish to join us in 2019.
We continue to be committed to providing an excellent student experience which prepares you for Social Work Practice in the 21st Century work place. The Social Work Academic team will be redesigning the current MA Social Work curriculum to offer an even more focused student experience.
This will ensure that outcomes for you continue to be of a high standard and will prepare you for your professional practice and employment. As such the current MA in Social Work is being updated to reflect these intentions as well as the changing professional landscape and political direction of Social Policy and Social Work.
In redesigning our MA Social Work, the academic team will continue to ensure that the student experience at the University of Northampton is centred around developing excellent professional practice. This will take place through high quality teaching and the application of theory to practice placement experiences.
The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop and enhance key skills in working with service users, colleagues and professionals from a range of backgrounds.
The practice placement will offer you the opportunities to apply your academic learning and develop relevant professional skills, through two five-days-per-week placement opportunities. The first placement will cover 70 days with the second one being 100 days. Between the placements you will be in University embedding this learning experience within taught academic sessions. Placements are offered in a variety of settings, all of which meet the HCPC Standards of Proficiency, Education and Training.
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We look forward to welcoming you onto our programme.
Modules* you will study
You will complete 180 credits at level 7 through a range of modules covering the theoretical, socio-political, legal, economic and contemporary challenges of Social Work Practice, incorporating two placement modules. These have been developed to meet the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency and Standards of Education and Training, as well as covering the BASW Professional Capabilities Framework and Code of Values and Ethics.
These taught modules are complemented by two professional practice placements, which offer you the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge, academic skills and developing professional identity to service user, carer and family settings.
At completion of the full 180 credit award (assuming a pass at both practice components) you will be able to apply to register with the HCPC which is mandatory to practice as a Social Worker in England.
*Subject to validation
Employment prospects for Social Work graduates are excellent and you will be able to pursue social work careers across the country. Successful graduates can apply to the HCPC for registration, please note that you are only eligible for this if you graduate with a MA Social Work degree. This is because Social Work is a protected title.
If you graduate without completing the full award you will not be eligible to apply for registration to the HCPC and cannot be awarded the title of Social Worker.
Visit the Social Work - MA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!
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