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MA Social Work

Course Description

This is a two-year programme designed for postgraduates who wish to become social work practitioners. The initial qualification for social work is generic, preparing you to work in a range of settings and with a wide range of user groups. The curriculum framework, based on the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), ensures the development of specific skills, common to all kinds of social work intervention.

You will get experience of working with two different service user groups in two different practice settings.

The academic and practice curriculum, associated learning outcomes and the award of MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work will enable you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as ready and safe to practice social work. On successful completion, you will be able to enter employment as newly qualified social workers with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies and service user groups. At the end of the programme, you will have your own Professional Development Portfolio, which you can take forward into your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), which is the next step for a newly qualified social worker.

The MA in Social Work will:
- provide you with challenging academic and practice learning opportunities that will enable you to critically evaluate, apply and integrate knowledge, understanding and skills in core areas specified by QAA subject benchmarks, the nine capabilities outlined in the Professional Capabilities Framework (at qualifying level) and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers.
- equip you to understand critique and contribute to the political, social and moral debate about the contested nature, scope and purpose of social work while practising competently in the context of contested knowledge and uncertainty.
- equip you to think and work creatively in collaboration with other professionals and agencies and to negotiate different professional values, areas of knowledge and skills and critically evaluate how these may contribute to inter-disciplinary assessment, intervention and service provision.
- enable you to understand and critically reflect on the relationship between social work values, ethical and legal imperatives and their code of practice in responding positively to cultural diversity and the relationship between social inequality/discrimination, changes through the life course and social context as this impacts upon people's lives.
- enable you to understand and critically reflect on the relationship between social work values, ethical and legal imperatives and their code of practice in responding positively to service users' rights to (re)gain and maintain their autonomy, via a process of complex analysis and evaluation of the relative rights, needs, risks to self and others and respect for service users' autonomy.
- enable you to develop and practice high level transferable skills in critical reasoning and complex problem-solving as well as more generic skills such as time-management, written and verbal communication, IT skills and collaborative problem-solving and planning.
- enable you to develop and refine their research, analytical and intellectual skills and their understanding of the relationship between methodological issues and the creation and interpretation of knowledge, through undertaking a limited piece of research with a focus on social work policy and/or practice.
- develop your abilities to organise and critically discuss complex information and argument and provide an opportunity for students to think in creative and original ways about their area of research, within the parameters of reasoned argument and relevant evidence sources.
- develop your confidence and ability to take responsibility for their learning and work-load management, while making appropriate use of supervision to support, challenge and debate their work using high developed critical reasoning and discursive skills.

At initial qualifying level, graduates will be at the start of their journey through the Professional Capabilities Framework, which will be used to guide them as they progress through different stages of their career.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a 2.1 (Hons) degree and will need relevant work experience (see relevant work experience section). Those with a 2.2 will only be considered where they have extensive relevant work experience (3 years full-time or equivalent) (see relevant work experience section). Students must also have GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English grade C or above at the time of application. We do not accept qualifications at level 2 as equivalents to GCSE English or Maths, and will only consider international and pre-GCSE qualifications as equivalents.

Course Fees

Fee information is provided on the course website

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