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Social Work MSW


Course Description

Choose Kingston's Social Work MSW

If you are a graduate looking to gain a professional qualification in social work and eligibility to apply for entry onto the HCPC register of qualified social workers, this two-year course is ideal. Studying at masters level will give you the opportunity to analyse social work in depth and develop your skills by critically examining the research evidence that forms best practice.

The course is underpinned by College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and will enable you to meet the Health and Care Professions Council's (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England.

What will you study?

You will become equipped with the core knowledge, skills and values required for social work practice. On this generic programme you will learn about effective approaches to work with children and their families and adults at risk (including older adults, and mental health social work practice). You will study legal, policy and ethical frameworks for social work practice; human development; social work methods of assessment and intervention.

Emphasis is placed from the start of the programme on learning skills for social work practice. You will first undertake a Readiness for Direct Practice module in our state-of-the-art Practice Learning Skills Suite. This is followed by two contrasting placements of 70 days and 100 days. A specialist practice interest module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in depth study in a chosen area of special interest and can be taken in a national or international setting.

Assessment

Individual and group presentations, essays, exams, case studies, practice assessment, final project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules

Readiness for Direct Practice
First Placement 1 (70 days)
Final Placement 2 (100 days)
Assessment and Intervention
Human Development and the Social Environment
Applied Social Work Practice
Legal, Ethical and Policy Frameworks for Social Work Practice
Specialist Practice Interest
Independent Study: A Capstone Project

What you need to apply for this course

A degree at 2:1 or above, normally in a social science subject.
Key Skills Level 2 or equivalent (eg GCSE A–C) in English and Mathematics or equivalently validated access course credits.
All applicants must confirm prior to interview that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
Demonstrable experience in the social care sector, obtained through paid employment or as a volunteer or user/carer experience; and have other work/life experience related to the sector or likely to be of value to the sector.

Recognition of prior learning

Applicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning. Find out more about recognition of prior learning for health and social care courses to find out more.
Interview and selection process

You will be invited to attend a selection day prior to being offered a place. The selection process includes a written test, a group exercise and an individual interview. Overseas applicants may undertake this process using video conferencing.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Social Work MSW page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A degree at 2:1 or above, normally in a social science subject; Key Skills Level 2 or equivalent (eg GCSE A–C) in English and Mathematics or equivalently validated access course credits; All applicants must confirm prior to interview that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email; Demonstrable experience in the social care sector, obtained through paid employment or as a volunteer or user/carer experience; and have other work/life experience related to the sector or likely to be of value to the sector.

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