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MA Applied Social Work Practice: Leadership & Management

Course Description

This programme has been endorsed by TCSW as having met the social work professional quality criteria.

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Course Summary

This part-time course prepares you for the challenges of management in organisations where policy and structure are subject to constant change.

You will cover key issues in social work leadership and management – honing your ability to critically examine daily management practice.

Intermediate qualifications available:

Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Applied Social Work Practice: Leadership and Management MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study and apply current models of supervision and understanding of leadership and management in your own practice to ensure best quality outcomes for service users
- Explore your full potential as a leader and manager in social work through enhancing your knowledge, skills, sense of enterprise and self-awareness enabling you to evaluate and plan for your own future career direction and learning needs
- Develop your expertise in critical reflection, bringing analytical and research-led perspectives into your leadership and management practice – able to influence change through creative thinking and collaborative communication
- Gain the skills, confidence and mental agility to take effective decisions, even in the absence of complete data, and motivate others in ever-changing environments with competing demands
- Benefit from the ability to clearly communicate your ideas and conclusions to a range of stakeholder audiences.

Why choose this course?

The unique feature of this course is that it has been specifically developed to respond to the Social Work Reform Boards recommendations for Continuing Professional Development for Social Workers and the Skills for Care Employer standards for supervision, and their recommendation for developing expertise in the effective management of social workers (DFH 2010b; 2012). It has also been driven with the new Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Workers [PCF] in mind (SWRB 2010) and will be delivered to ensure excellence in practice. Responding to the changing nature of social work, this course is at the forefront of the latest thinking in teaching, learning and research in social work leadership and management. .

With a commitment to developing rigorous and relevant Continuing Professional Development courses of study, the Social Work Team enables qualified practitioners to be effective in both academic and practice contexts in contemporary social work. Combining practical experience and academic study, it has been designed to support practitioners to extend and develop their expertise in the rapidly changing and challenging field of social work management. Although primarily an academic course, students study a mixture of theory and practice-based concepts with a focus on the critical application of research and the evidence base and the application of this knowledge to the management of social work practice.

The Social Work team at the University of Bedfordshire is made up of experienced and qualified practitioners who are nationally and internationally acclaimed academics in the field. This combination of teaching, professional and research expertise enables the course team to adapt with agility to respond to any changes in practice now and in the future. One example of this is that the Department, through the Institute for Applied Social Research (IASR), undertakes a range of research contracts relating to social work for national agencies and has a thriving research support programme. Members of the department and the research institute therefore contribute to the development of social work knowledge and the evidence base of social work practice which informs the curricula of all Social Work Courses.

By enabling the managers of social workers to develop a high degree of competence and professional expertise this course will develop knowledge in effective ethically driven leadership, enhance the performance of social work teams, and foster a robust commitment to quality outcomes for social work service users.

Career Management Skills

As a qualified and experienced professional, you will bring a high level of expertise in career management to the programme. Many of you will be undertaking this course in order to develop your career or change direction. The focus of the course as a whole will assist you to review your career and plan for using your new skills and knowledge in practice, either in your present employment or by developing your range by taking on new challenges. As this course has various options advice will be given by your personal tutor as to which optional units best meet your personal and professional development needs in consultation, where appropriate, with your employer.

Career/Further study opportunities

Career: As this course has been developed within the new framework for CPD as defined by the Social Work Reform Board it offers clear career opportunities. On successful completion of the course you will have improved capability as a manager. As there will be increased demand for managers who have a high level of mastery in leadership and management in social work, this will enhance your career opportunities in the increasingly competitive public sector market.

Further study: The Department of Applied Social Studies provides an escalator of qualifications from initial degree through to Professional Doctorate. Students successfully completing the Course will be able to access further study, at Professional Doctorate level.

Visit the MA Applied Social Work Practice: Leadership & Management page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

As a successful applicant, you will normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above), and must have a professional qualification in Social Work and have proven ability to work at post-graduate level.

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