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MSc / PgDip / Pg Cert Applied Social Work Practice

Course Description

Social Workers are required to intervene in the lives of vulnerable people and people in crisis making decisions which impact directly on individuals, families and society. The emphasis in this course is on the application of skills (practical, critical and intellectual), knowledge and research to social-work practice, with the aim of improving opportunity and outcomes for service users and communities.

Modules are offered which are relevant at whatever stage of career you are at – from modules to support you at the outset of your social work career to modules which develop supervision and management skills. All modules have been developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders.

You may enter the course as sponsored student from your employer or may be self-funding

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/applied-social-work-practice

Course detail

If you are a newly qualified social worker you will usually come onto the course to undertake Professional Practice (ASYE) and/or Consolidation of Professional Practice and/or Applied Critical Reflection.

If you are more experienced social workers you may wish to access modules individually or you can undertake a number of modules in order to gain a PgCert, PgDip or MSc.


This course has an integrated approach to teaching and learning, focusing on lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as independent learning methods.

Teaching is usually over 8 weeks, one day per week.

You will be encouraged to critically analyse and reflect upon your own practice experiences.

Teaching modes include:

• Lectures
• Seminars
• Critical incident analysis
• Presentations
• Guided reading
• Independent study
• Participation on BB (virtual learning) site


• Professional Practice (ASYE) (30 credits)
• Consolidation of Professional Practice (30 credits)
• Applied Critical Reflection (30 credits)
• Risk Assessment and Analysis in Childcare (30 credits)
• Risk Assessment and Analysis in Adult Care (30 credits)
• Working with Children and Young People (30 credits)
• Personalisation in Practice (30 credits)
• Developmental Supervision (30 credits)
• Leading Education in Practice (30 credits)
• The ‘Me’ in Leadership (30 credits)
• Project Management and Methods of Inquiry (30 credits)
• Research Methods (30 credits)
• Dissertation

If you want to go on to study for the MSc you will need to take the Research Methods module before your Dissertation.


A mixture of the following:

• Written assignments
• Research proposal
• Poster presentation
• Dissertation

Career prospects

• Completing CPD is now an essential part of maintaining your professional registration.
• By undertaking CPD modules and courses, students demonstrate to employers a commitment to the profession.
• Undertaking modules leads to better career prospects and promotion.
• Modules are aligned to the College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework ASYE, Social Worker, Experienced Social Worker, and Advanced social worker levels.
• Successful completion of the course demonstrates your capability to become a Strategic level social worker.
• The course supports The College of Social Work developmental pathways of Professional Social Work Educator, Advanced Social Work Practitioner and Social Work Manager.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PgDip / Pg Cert Applied Social Work Practice page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s degree normally with a 2:2 honours or professional qualification (if applicable) from the UK or elsewhere; Professional Qualification in Social Work (CQSW/DipSW); In addition, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a social worker.

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