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Social Work (MA)


Course Description

Professionally recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), our practice-led degree allows you to achieve professional competency and an ability to relate academic theory and knowledge to social work practice. You'll develop knowledge of social work theories and methods of assessment and intervention, as well as reflective approaches to human needs and behaviour, current social policy and law. You’ll leave us well prepared for employment in social care.

Key features

Achieve a qualification with a degree recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) allowing you to apply to register as a social worker with the HCPC.

Develop professionally by spending 170 days in supervised practice settings - with placement opportunities in agencies, in statutory and voluntary sectors throughout the South West.

Benefit from a bursary to support you in your studies – available to many students.

Achieve a highly desirable qualification in social work.

Excellent employability - 95 per cent of our September 2013 graduates are in employment.

Our teaching staff - who are leading the way in their subjects, carrying out internationally respected research - will inspire you.

Learn from qualified social work practitioners.

Gain experience first-hand with the involvement of service users and carers throughout the programme.

Course details

You’ll learn in a variety of different settings and ways and use a wide range of skills and techniques to allow you to do this. In order to begin this process, there is an induction period at the start of the programme that helps you establish supportive networks. Teaching and learning seminars are usually arranged on an average of three full days each week, with the rest of the week allocated for preparatory directed self-learning. Most modules follow a similar format, especially during the first year of the programme.

The learning in each module usually involves a combination of preparatory directed self-learning taught sessions and seminars. The student portal provides access to the teaching and learning material and it also has the facility for communication between you and your fellow students as well as your module leader and teachers. This will allow you to work collaboratively and to have your questions addressed. This programme is not part of the Integrated Masters Scheme.

Applying

All applications for this course are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.

Apply for this course on the UCAS website.

For more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this programme.

International applicants

If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below.
IELTS - overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.
Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. You must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.

Visit the Social Work (MA) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

GCSE’s: Mathematics and English at grade C or above. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Degree: 2.2 honours degree or above. You must also have a minimum of 12 months social care experience. This can be in a voluntary capacity working within a range of groups considered vulnerable or marginalised from society. Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or Mathematics.

Course Fees

UK/EU: £8,500, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250


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