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Social Work MSc (PGCert PGDip)

Course Description

This two-year, full-time course is for graduates wishing to train and qualify as social workers.

The course meets current Department of Health and GSCC requirements for social work training and integrates academic and practice learning. There is a focus on the applied social science knowledge base of social work and on the development of social work knowledge, skills and values. Further, the course reflects the multidisciplinary practice context, with opportunities for shared, inter-professional learning with education, nursing, medical and occupational therapy students.
The course runs in partnership with local agencies providing social and caring services and with users of services and carers.

UCAS code L508 please note that applications should be made via UCAS, http://www.ucas.com

Professional accreditation
Information from GSCC
Social work is a regulated profession. As a social work student you will be expected to register with the GSCC, the social work profession's regulator, and adhere to the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Workers.
As well as regulating individual social workers and students, the GSCC also regulate the performance of social work courses, the reports of which are published on their website, so you can check to see how each university is performing.

Course structure
Year 1 introduces core skills, theories and approaches for social work practice in its inter-professional context and fosters a critical understanding of key law, policy and human growth across the lifespan. Year 2 focuses on more complex and accountable practice together with the development of more specialised skills and knowledge. There is also a focus on research in social work and the critical use of evidence to underpin own practice.
Learning in practice is supported by periods of study at the university, by directed study (with a range of learning materials) and by small group practice tutorials facilitated by social work-qualified university staff.
Students are required by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to spend at least 200 days engaged in practice learning. Each student will experience at least two practice settings, statutory social work tasks involving legal interventions and provide services to at least two user groups.

Areas of study
The course includes learning on the following areas:
- social work theories and methods
- core social work skills
- social work values, ethics and anti-oppressive practice
- legal and policy frameworks
- applied social science (social policy, psychology and sociology) for social work practice
- inter-professional learning and practice
- approaches to working with risk, assessment and safeguarding
- contemporary developments and issues in social work
- research methods and the place of research evidence in social work practice.

Visit the Social Work MSc (PGCert PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2012. Individual offers may vary GCSE (minimum grade C):maths and English at Grade C or above, or equivalent. For non-native speakers of English:IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in writing, or equivalent. Other:To fulfill GSCC requirements for registration on student social worker part of Social Care Register (Care Standards Act 2000) and suitability guidance (GSCC 2007): Satisfactory ISA/CRB clearance. Full educational and employment history on application form (including details of any disciplinary record).

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