This masters degree in Social Work aims to:
• prepare students for employment as professionally qualified social workers
• lay the foundation for students’ continuing professional development
• reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales
Social Work is about change and human growth through supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and local communities.
Social work has been an established course at Swansea University
for many years and combines a commitment to both academic excellence and practical learning. There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors.
The masters degree in Social Work lays the foundation for students’ continuing professional development. It also reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales.
Qualifying Social Work students will be:
equipped to understand and work within the context of a profession whose nature, scope and purpose can be the subject of contested debate
able to critically analyse, adapt to, manage and eventually lead the process of required changes in social work, delivery of social services, and social care policy and law
prepared to promote bilingual service provision in Wales and to be able to critically reflect on the importance of the Welsh context as a cultural, social and historical landscape for social work practice
This qualification is also recognised by Care Councils in other UK nations.
The Times Higher League Tables 2014 ranked the Undergraduate Social Work degree at Swansea joint 1st in the UK, and the Guardian League Table ranked social work in Swansea 1st in the UK in 2015.
the programme meets all the Care Council requirements and is now fully approved as a professional social work programme as defined in The Approval and Visiting of Degree Courses in Social Work (Wales) Rules 2012
Teaching and Employability:
95% of Social Work students from Swansea University
are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating (undergraduate programme). Postgraduate–level students are expected to be in similar demand
the professional qualification is recognised in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as other countries such as Australia
the programme operates in partnership with five local authorities in the South West Wales region: Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion
teaching from a wide range of practitioners from social work teams and agencies plus guest speakers from Welsh Government
a minimum of 200 days practice learning are undertaken
successful completion allows students to register as qualified social workers with the Care Council for Wales
applicants may be eligible for a student bursary from the Care Council for Wales which includes a contribution towards tuition fees
Who should apply?
This course is suitable for:
postgraduate applicants who hold first degrees or postgraduate qualifications with a commitment and invested interest in social care and welfare provision
those who wish to qualify and register as social workers
The Social Work course is both academic and practice-based and students are required to undertake a minimum of 200 days practice learning across the two years. Half of the programme is devoted to supervised practice in social service agencies, where students learn through observation, rehearsal and performance. The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.
Students will undertake academic study based on Singleton campus during Semester 1 and then placement learning in a social care agency during Semester 2.
During Semester 1 students can expect to be on campus a minimum of four days per week. Placement learning is full-time Monday to Friday, following agency hours. Students will undertake 200 days of practice learning across the 2 years.
In Year One students undertake a 20-day observational placement followed by an 80-day ‘direct practice’ placement.
In Year Two students undertake a 100-day ‘direct-practice’ placement. The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.
In Year Two students will be expected to complete a ‘desk-based’ research project and complete a dissertation with supervised support from a member of the teaching team.
Modules typically include:
Theories and Perspectives for Informing Social Work
Social Work Skills and Knowledge in Practice
Critical Practice in Child Care & Law
Ethics and Values in Social Work
Undertaking & Using Social Work Research for Practice
Social Work Skills and Knowledge in Practice
Dissertation in Social Work Research and Evidence for Practice 6
Critical Practice in Adult Care & Law
All teaching staff members on the course are research active and involved in research activity at both national and international level which spans a number of interest areas including: looked-after children, sexuality and wellbeing, service user and carer involvement in education, asylum seeking children and migration, children’s rights and welfare, and social inclusion and care needs of older people.
The College’s health and social sciences research falls into eight broad themes:
Children and Young People’s Health and Well-Being
Health Services Research
History, Health and Culture
Nursing and Healthcare Practices
Philosophy, Ethics and Law in Healthcare
Academic qualifications –First degree (2:2 or above) in a related discipline, plus Maths GCSE at grade A*-C or equivalent, and English GCSE at Grade A*-C or equivalent.Professional qualifications/registration – All applicants will be required to demonstrate understanding of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers. Applicants must register as a student Social Worker once accepted. Relevant employment/experience – minimum 210 hours social care work experience. This may involve voluntary or paid work. International applicants are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains prior to starting the programme.