The course is a professionally accredited programme leading to eligibilty to apply to become a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You'll be joining a social work programme that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice.
About the course
The Social Work MSc course is a professionally accredited programme leading to eligibility to apply to become a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It has been designed to provide you with the opportunities to achieve the professional standards and capabilities as set out by the HCPC. A key aspect is to develop as a reflective and resilient practitioner.
Our graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and a critical understanding of different theoretical perspectives as applied to social work. You'll be joining a social work programme that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice.
Students who successfully complete all modules but not the dissertation module, can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work which also allows for registration with the HCPC.
You are assessed via a variety of methods including essays; presentations; video and project work; examinations and work based practice assessment. A key aspect is acquisition of the necessary practice skills in a diverse range of practice settings relevant to social work.
You will undertake supervised practice within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 170 days during the course. Your previous learning and experience may exempt you from some modules, but not any part of the 170 days assessed practice.
The primary focus is on the development of practice skills, informed by up-to-date research, theories, policies and legislation. The course includes:
Knowledge of social work theory, human growth and development mental health and disability, communication and assessment processes, and law
Research and theory relevant for practice – in the final year you will be required to undertake a piece of sustained independent study through a dissertation
Research and evidence, current policy, practice and theoretical perspectives
The course reflects the required Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) as defined by the HCPC and is also aligned to the Professional Capabilities Framework. At the end of the course students who have completed and passed all their assessments will have met the SOPs. Experienced staff, service users, partners and practitioners all contribute to learning and teaching. A central feature is inter-professional learning. You will learn in a dynamic way with considerable interaction.
Year 1 modules include:
Professional Law for Social Work
Social Contexts and Professional Perspectives in Social Work
Practice Learning 1
Assessment Planning and Professional Ethics
Critical Aspects of Human Growth and Development
Safeguarding Children and Adults
Communication, Skills and Values in Social Work
Year two modules include:
Practice Learning 2
Practicing Children and Adults
Social Work Dissertation
After the course
You will have qualifying status to practice social work (subject to the requirements of registration with the HCPC) and be eligible to become a member of the British Association of Social Workers. Further study opportunities are available through a number of post-qualifying and MA/MSc courses (for example, in practice teaching, childcare and management).
As the course prepares you to be a generic social worker you are not limited to any particular field of social work and our students take up posts in a variety of settings and care groups for example: children and families, adult care to include, mental health, working with older people and learning disabilities.
Why London Met?
At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.
The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.
Support from London Met
If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/
A second class Honours degree or above (normally in a social science subject) and hold, or are in the process of taking, GCSE Mathematics and English grade C, or Key Skills Literacy and Numeracy level 3, or another English/ Mathematics qualification deemed by the University to be equivalent to GCSE.