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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

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:

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

  • Study and apply current models of supervision and understanding of leadership and management in your own practice to ensure best quality outcomes for service users
  • Explore your full potential as a leader and manager in social work through enhancing your knowledge, skills, sense of enterprise and self-awareness enabling you to evaluate and plan for your own future career direction and learning needs
  • Develop your expertise in critical reflection, bringing analytical and research-led perspectives into your leadership and management practice – able to influence change through creative thinking and collaborative communication
  • Gain the skills, confidence and mental agility to take effective decisions, even in the absence of complete data, and motivate others in ever-changing environments with competing demands
  • Benefit from the ability to clearly communicate your ideas and conclusions to a range of stakeholder audiences.

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.

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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Why Study in the School of Applied Social Sciences?

  • Courses developed in partnership with practice agencies
  • Our research involving robots, shows that they can improve mental health and loneliness in the elderly
  • Part of the SASS change makers initiative

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.

 

Qualification

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.

Experience

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.

Registration

As an applicant you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

RPL

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.


You will be able to seek key leadership or management opportunities in social work or social care in the process of the course, or upon graduation. On completing leadership and management units, past graduates have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility such as Heads of Service and have used the knowledge gained on the course to secure these positions.

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