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Social Work MA

Course Description

Show you have the right skills to be an expert in social care! Our challenging and dynamic programme draws on the wide range of practice and research experience provided by our teaching team, giving you the knowledge needed to become a confident, accomplished and highly employable social worker. We place a strong focus on contemporary debate surrounding social work and social justice highlighted throughout the course, helping you get actively involved in the development of future practice.

As well as in-depth academic study, you'll benefit from practice-based learning with 170 days of the total course spent in placements, spread out over the two years of the course. Our innovative learning techniques, including video recording and web-based technologies, will ensure your social work skills are honed to the highest level. We believe that all social work students should have an informed and applied understanding of social justice, helping you use your passion to help people, as well as opening up new areas of employment for your career.

Course outline

This programme was developed in partnership with a range of key stakeholders, including social work service users and carers, and representatives from social work agencies. We offer an intensive programme of study that combines a level 7 academic award with a qualification in social work. It is studied over two years full-time.

You'll critically discuss how social work theory, core skills and key professional concepts facilitate understanding of individuals within the environment. By evaluating a comprehensive range of theories and evidence bases of social work practice, you'll demonstrate effective use of supervision whilst adopting and applying a critically reflective approach to practice. We'll show you how to articulate and justify your professional role confidently within a range of practice contexts, helping you make the transition from student to newly-qualified social worker.

Graduate destinations

Students who have completed this course have gone onto work as social workers, practitioners and managers in the social care field.

Other admission requirements

Successful completion of a related foundation degree or HND - to include GCSE in English at grade C or above and Level 2 in Mathematics.

Applicants from courses based at institutions other than University of Cumbria will be assessed on their suitability depending upon the modules they have studied.

GCSE minimum grade C in English language and maths or equivalent. Associated experience and knowledge of current issues within and affecting social work is also required. Equivalent qualifications other than those listed above may be accepted. Students are selected according to the entry level criteria laid out in the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework. All places are offered subject to successful interview and numeracy test, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS formerly CRB), medical fitness to practise and proof of qualifications.

Fitness to practise and health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.

Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC (https://www.nmc.org.uk/education/becoming-a-nurse-or-midwife/when-studying-to-be-a-nurse-or-midwife/) and HCPC information (http://www.hcpc-uk.org/audiences/studentsandapplicants/disabledguide/) to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.

For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click this link (http://www.heops.org.uk/guide.php). There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.

In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

Telephone - 01253 657950
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Disclosure and Barring Service check

If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check. Read the DBS policy (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/media/university-of-cumbria-website/content-assets/public/er/documents/admissions/disclosure/DBSPolicy.pdf)

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

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 Bachelors degree or above in an associated field and relevant experience and understanding of the profession of social work (assessed through application and interview). See course description for further admission details.

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