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Course Level:Postgraduate
Next Start Date: October 2023
Duration: 5 Years
Campus Location: Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton
Attendance: Part-time day

About the course

If you wish to develop your competence and expertise as a social worker in this challenging field, this course gives you the current knowledge, decision-making skills and mental agility you need to produce the best outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

The course is aimed at registered social workers practising in the area of children and families service provision. The course content is underpinned by the Professional Capabilities Framework (BASW 2018); the chief social worker’s Knowledge & Skills Statements (KSS); and current evidence from research. It provides children and families practitioners with an advanced systematic understanding, research-informed knowledge and the analytical skills needed for a high level of competent practice.

The course is normally completed within five years, on a part-time basis.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Master’s level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Master’s level

Why choose this course?

  • Gain an advanced understanding of how best to contribute to protecting vulnerable children by making well-informed, professional judgements, based on critical reflection and an analysis of complex evidence
  • Contribute to specialist expertise in children and families social work, playing a leading role in practice development within your work place
  • Promote a culture of professional curiosity by embracing current research and new ideas with the aim of improving the quality of experience for service users, families and carers
  • Refine your skills in working collaboratively in ever-changing environments
  • Enhance your confidence, resilience, adaptability and self-awareness so you can evaluate and plan for your own future direction and learning needs
  • Our Schools work closely with the Institute of Health Research (IHR) and the Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR), both of which are renowned for their globally influential research
  • The majority of research undertaken at the Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR) has been rated internationally excellent or world-leading by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
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.

Why study in the School of Community, Society and Health?

  • Placements in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
  • Study in simulation labs for real life scenarios

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

To be eligible to apply for the course, applicants will normally have an Honour's degree (2:2 or above); a professional qualification in social work; and one year of post-qualifying experience.

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 recognition of prior certificated learning (RPCL) 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.


Once the course is completed, you will be able to specialise within your field, and there is increased demand for advanced practitioners in children and family social work.

Many students take the course to develop their career or change direction. The focus of the course as a whole will help you to review your career, and plan for using your new skills and knowledge in practice.

You may also like to continue your professional development by progressing to a Professional Doctorate programme, including the Department’s Professional Doctorate in Children and Young People’s Services and the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice.

Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

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

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £8,500 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

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

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

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

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £8,500 per year.

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

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

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


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £8,500 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

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


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

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


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £8,500 per year.

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


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

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