This part-time course prepares you for the challenges of management in organisations where policy and structure are subject to constant change.
You will cover key issues in social work leadership and management – honing your ability to critically examine daily management practice.
Duration: The course is normally completed within five years.
Intermediate qualifications available:
The course will provide budding social work managers with a deep and systematic understanding of current knowledge about effective practice in leadership, management and supervision in the context of current social work practice and how this can enhance best outcomes for service users.
It will increase your expertise in critical reflection bringing analytical and research-led perspectives to your practice as leaders and managers to influence change where necessary by using creative thinking.
The course will encourage you to reach your full potential as a leader and manager in social work by enhancing your knowledge, skills, sense of enterprise and self-awareness so that you can evaluate and plan for your own future direction and learning needs. It will equip you with the skills, confidence and mental agility to lead and make decisions for best outcomes in provision for service users working collaboratively in complex, ever changing environments and with competing demands.
We have a proven track record for delivering innovative social work programmes and world leading, pioneering research. There is a strong commitment to ensuring that teaching is informed by up to date knowledge that is evidence based.
Whether you undertake the full masters programme or opt for individual units you will benefit from the expertise of a team of experienced social work academics committed to holistic practice that is firmly embedded in research, in partnership with practitioners and service users.
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
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
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As a successful applicant, you will normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above), and must have a professional qualification in Social Work and have proven ability to work at post-graduate level.
As an applicant you should be practising social work manager in a social work setting, or should be an aspiring manager who is expected to progress to a management role at some stage during the programme. Usually you will have a minimum of three years of post-qualifying experience for direct entry into the course.
Should you have three years' experience, but do not hold an honours degree, with a classification of 2:2 or above, you will be required either to complete a written assessment of your academic ability to write at postgraduate level or provide evidence of your ability to study at this level. One way of evidencing this is the successful completion of the unit Embedding Professional Capabilities ASS037-6.
As an applicant you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Should you seek accreditation for recognition of prior certificated learning you 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.
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Putteridge Bury is a magnificent country mansion set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens and picturesque parkland. Built in 1911, it is just four miles from the University Square campus on the Hertfordshire - Bedfordshire border.
It is home to the Bedfordshire Business School postgraduate programmes and the University’s Conference Centre.
A free shuttle bus service operates between Putteridge Bury and University Square.
The Putteridge Bury campus has its own comprehensive Learning Resources Centre equipped with PCs, which give you access to online information databases and more than 2,000 electronic journals.
Students based at Putteridge Bury can also benefit from the 200,000 books and specialist texts, 9,000 journals and 300 fully networked PCs that are available at the University Square campus.
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 lies close to the University Square campus, and is a short drive from the London Luton airport, the train station and bus station.
UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form.
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