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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 5 Years
Campus Location: Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton

About the course

If you wish to develop your expertise as a Children and Families Social Worker, this course is for you.

Developing advanced systematic understanding, knowledge and analytical skills, you will enhance your competence and management of risk, based on the values of contemporary social workers.

Duration: The course is normally completed within five years.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

  • Study and use the latest ideas and theories, and promote a culture of professional curiosity that embraces current research within children and families social work
  • Explore the knowledge, analytical skills and mental agility required in the assessment, planning and decision making needed for best outcomes while working collaboratively in ever-changing environments
  • Develop your expertise in critical reflection, bringing analytical and research-led perspectives to the forefront of your practice when making professional judgements in complex family interventions
  • Gain your full potential by enhancing your confidence, resilience, adaptability and self-awareness so that you can evaluate and plan for your own future direction and learning needs
  • Benefit from discovering how best to protect vulnerable children by making professional and well-informed judgements that are based on analysis of complex evidence.

This course will enable child and family social workers to develop a high degree of competence and professional expertise by engaging with current knowledge and developing a high level of skills for intervention.

The course is aimed at registered social workers practicing in the area of Children and Families service provision. Underpinned by the Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW 2012) and current evidence from research, this course will provide Children and Families practitioners with the advanced systematic understanding, knowledge and skills needed for competent practice and the development of higher level professional capability.

The campus where this course is taught

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Throughout the course students will encounter a wide range of assessments designed to collectively meet a variety of individual learning styles and to support them in their progress towards becoming an autonomous learner. These methods are designed to test students in all the areas necessary for competent practice as an experienced Social Work practitioner, as well as in the academic disciplines underpinning this practice. Through the use of a variety of assessment methods, students will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice competence. Assessments building towards the final stage of study encourage more self- directed study and autonomous learning. In most units there is an initial assessment early in the delivery of the course to enable students to receive constructive and developmental feedback on their academic writing. Reflection on evidence drawn from practice in the work place underpins many of the assessment activities and some also require observations of practice, designed to provide students with a clear understanding of areas that they are doing well in and their areas for development. Other forms of assessment include the use of simulated interviews and the development of presentation skills. Students will be encouraged to read widely across all the units and will be supported to develop their skills in analysing and evaluating data from relevant studies. This is helpful preparation for the research and dissertation units. The final stage involves students undertaking an applied research dissertation which will concentrate on tackling a work-based issue or area of concern, researching this in detail either through primary or secondary research and writing a dissertation with recommendations for improvements in service delivery.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

Registration

Applicants must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or any other Social Work regulator in the United Kingdom.

Qualification

Successful applicants will normally have an Honours degree (2:2 or above) and must have a professional qualification in Social Work.  They also must have one year of post qualifying experience to be eligible to apply for the course.

Experience

All applicants must be practising social workers in a children and families social work setting. Applicants will normally have a minimum of one year of post-qualifying experience within the children and families setting for direct entry into the course.

Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL)

Students seeking accreditation of prior certificated learning (RP[C]L) will be referred to the University of Bedfordshire's regulations for admission with advanced standing. Each case will be assessed on its merit and in line with the University's maximum permissible credit transfer for the level of award sought.


This Master’s course offers various career opportunities. Once completed, you will be able to specialise within your field, and there is increased demand for advanced practitioners in children and family social work.

Fees and funding

MA Applied Social Work (Post Qualifying)

For the Academic Year 2018/19 fees are £850 per 30 credits course unit.

This course is subject to a fees variance agreement. Details are available from the course coordinators.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

    Fees and funding

    MA Applied Social Work (Post Qualifying)


    For the Academic Year 2018/19 fees are £850 per 30 credits course unit.

    This course is subject to a fees variance agreement. Details are available from the course coordinators.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

    Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

      Extra Costs

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      Putteridge Bury campus

      Our Putteridge Bury campus is a magnificent neo-Elizabethan manor house built in 1911 in the style of Chequers, with beautiful grounds and a reflecting pool. 

      It is home to University events including graduations, academic research symposia and seminars such as those held by our business school's postgraduate programmes, as well as a wide variety of public and private events including conferences, weddings, funeral receptions and public holiday functions.

      Find out more about Putteridge Bury's public and private events

      Location

      Ideally located only four miles from Luton town centre, Putteridge Bury is set in picturesque parkland just off the A505 and enjoys a tranquil rural environment and ample parking within the grounds.

      Putteridge Bury is a short drive from the University Square campus, London Luton airport, the train station and bus station.

      A free shuttle bus service operates between Putteridge Bury and the University Square campus in Luton town centre .

      How to Apply

      UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

      International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

      Find out more about how to apply as an International student

      International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

      Find out more about how to apply as an International student

      How to Apply


      UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


      International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

      Find out more about how to apply as an International student


      International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

      Find out more about how to apply as an International student