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MA Social Work

Course Description

The University of Chichester provides social work awards in partnership with West Sussex Children and Adult Services and other partners from the voluntary, independent and private sector organisations. Practice is seen as central to the programme as an experiential base for learning, supported by a rigorous tutorial system, designed to help students integrate academic learning with their experience in social work and social care. As a result we have an excellent record in providing students with high quality, relevant practice placements.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/ma-social-work

Course detail

The MA Social Work is nationally recognised and will be approved and endorsed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The College of Social Work (TCSW).

Format and assessment

The programme has three possible levels of outcome:

1.Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert): The Postgraduate Certificate lasts for approximately twelve months. Completion of a set number of academic credits will enable the award of Postgraduate Certificate.

2.Postgraduate Diploma ( PG Dip): The Postgraduate Diploma lasts for a period of between twelve and twenty four months. The award of the Postgraduate Diploma is conditional on the achievement of academic credits at Master’s level (FHEQ Level 7).

3.Master’s Degree (MA): Completion of the dissertation will enable students to achieve the cumulative 180 credits required for the award of the MAFees

We focus on teaching quality as our first priority. Teaching staff are accessible and approachable and all of our staff have experience of working within a statutory or voluntary social work agency which means that you will be taught by professionals who have extensive, professional practice experience, as well as who publish a large number of nationally recognised books on social work. You will be supported in small tutor groups and will be allocated a dedicated personal tutor who will work with you for the duration of your course and support you in the application of professional standards in practice placements and the development of critical evaluation and reflection.

Most modules are assessed through written assignments or presentations. The practice elements of the course are assessed through portfolio presentation and assessor reports. The course includes a dissertation module.

Career prospects

Social Work MA will equip you for a range of careers in social work, social care, probation and criminal justice. You will be able to work in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector organisations in the UK and overseas.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

Our facilities

At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students. The Social Work course is delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities. A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources. Your Social Work subject librarian will be available to help you access all the library resources on the shelves and online.

Visit the MA Social Work page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

First or second class honours degree, normally in a social science subjectSocial work or social care experience of up to six months or equivalent part-time (paid or voluntary)GSCE English and Mathematics at grade C or above or equivalentA satisfactory enhanced DBS checkA minimum IELTS score of 7 on each module i.e. reading, writing and listening (from those for whom English is not their first language)

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