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MSc Social Work

Course Description

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

Course Summary

On this practice-based social work course, your studies will be supervised by experienced practitioners, and you can expect an induction, a protected workload and a study day most weeks while on placement.

All placements are under constant development with our employer partners, and you may be eligible for a bursary administered by the NHS Bursaries Unit.

At the end of the course, all successful graduates will achieve both an MSc and a professional social work qualification.

Choose Social Work MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for social work practice at qualification level with adults and children in the private, voluntary and independent sectors
- Explore the role of social work, its inter-relationship with other disciplines, and the ethical base for practice where initiative is balanced with accountability to employers, the profession, service-users and carers
- Develop a deep and systematic understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches, and acquire the skills necessary for analytical research-informed practice in areas of complexity, diversity and unpredictability
- Gain the skills in flexibility, critical reflexivity and emotional literacy which underpin collaborative social work practice and proactive professional development
- Benefit from classroom and placement activities which will enable you to develop collaborative and communication abilities that can be applied to complex problem-solving tasks.

Why choose this course?

In addition to gaining a postgraduate qualification, successful students will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and when registered will be able to pursue professional social work careers in a range of settings, equipped with deep knowledge, reflexivity and critical ethical awareness.

Career Management Skills

The MSc in Social Work is a professional qualifying course and so employability is intrinsic to its content and design, which are determined by relevant national frameworks (TCSW, 2012; HCPC, 2012) and informed by widespread consultation with and direct input of employers, practice educators and service users. Newly qualified social workers are expected to have the knowledge, skills and values to work in a range of settings, to manage complexity and to work autonomously but accountably, while making good use of reflective supervision (TSCW, 2012). To enable you to achieve this, teaching on the course is research-informed, participative and with explicit relevance for contemporary practice articulated throughout, for example with input from practitioners and extensive use of case scenarios. Learning activities are intended to provide a safe but challenging environment in which you can develop skills of critical reflection and awareness of your own values, and assessment and classroom tasks provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of writing and presentation skills which will be of direct use in your practice. The course also expects high standards from you in terms of reliability, punctuality etc., and your tutors and practice educators will work with you throughout the course as you develop your professional social work persona.

As a postgraduate student you will be supported to act with initiative, to evaluate your own performance critically and to work effectively in groups, thus developing further attributes of direct relevance to your future career. The emphasis on research-informed teaching and the development of your own research skills will further enable you to make effective use of research in your practice, and to contribute to your profession by engaging in practice-based research yourself.

Career/Further study opportunities

Successful students will be eligible to apply to enter the HCPC Professional Register as qualified social workers and to work in a wide range of statutory, private, voluntary and independent organisations. You will also have the benefit of an academic award at postgraduate level, demonstrating your capacity for deep understanding, initiative and the management of complexity. These skills may equip you for further academic study such as a Professional Doctorate or PhD, or enable you to contribute to the knowledge base of your chosen profession with practice-based research. The University also provides a suite of post-qualifying courses designed to support Social Workers in their continuous professional development

Visit the MSc Social Work page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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