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MA Applied Social Work: Practice Education

Course Description

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

Contact for more information on course content or how to apply.

Course Summary

This course fulfils the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards, and is made up of six distinct units.

Two of these are options that will give you the chance to develop your knowledge and skills in the supervision, mentoring, management, assessment and support of learning, and the research that informs practice and practice education.

Intermediate qualifications available:

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

Choose Applied Social Work: Practice Education MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study the ways in which you can promote equal opportunities for learners and challenge all forms of oppression and discrimination that affect learners from minority groups
- Explore the different ways in which you can demonstrate an on-going commitment to working in collaboration with local employers, practitioners, service users and carers
- Develop a systematic understanding of your field and critically evaluative your approach to current knowledge in practice education
- Gain the core knowledge, skills and values required for the role of Practice Educator in line with current professional standards, and gain opportunities for further research and development
- Benefit from the systematic and independent ability to critically evaluate both theoretical understanding and application in practice.

Why choose this course?

This course will provide managers of social workers with the skills and knowledge to develop a high degree of competence in leadership aimed at enhancing the performance of social work teams.

Career Management Skills

As the course has been mapped against the Professional Capability Framework for Social Work, and as a result on completion you will have evidence that you have met capability at advanced level. Many career opportunities will be available to you in social work as a consequence with a large proportion of employers sponsoring aspirant managers onto this course.

More specifically your employability skills will be enhanced by:

- being observed in your managerial and supervisory practice and be expected to critically review, analyse and propose specific actionable areas for improvement;
- creating a personal development strategy outlining your strengths, areas for improvements opportunities for development and how any barriers to these can be overcome, mapping out ways for your aspirations to be achieved;
- developing employability skills such as professional leadership, high level oral and written communication skills, analytical problem solving and decision making abilities;
- learning from other leaders and managers both informally and formally about what works and what does not work in social work leadership and management and sharing this knowledge to improve social work practice.

Career/Further study opportunities

Many students will in the process of the course or on graduation be able to seek key leadership or management opportunities in social work or social care. Students completing Leadership and Management units have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility such as Heads of Service and have used the knowledge gained on the course to secure these positions.

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

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above), and must have a professional qualification in Social Work. Applicants who have 3 years of experience, but do not hold an honours degree with a classification of 2:2 or above will be required to successfully complete the unit Applying Knowledge to Work Based Learning as a standalone unit before commencing the core units to demonstrate their ability to work at post-graduate level.

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