Social Work MSc



About the course

On this practice-based social work course, your studies will be supervised by experienced practitioners, and you can expect an induction, a protected workload and a study day most weeks while on placement.

All placements are under constant development with our employer partners, and you may be eligible for a Social Work bursary administered by the NHS Bursaries Unit.





Accreditations
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Social Work - MSc - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Postgraduate
  • UCAS Code - L508
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

  • Study the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for social work practice at qualification level with adults and children in the private, voluntary and independent sectors.
  • Explore the role of social work, its inter-relationship with other disciplines and the ethical base for practice where initiative is balanced with accountability to employers, the profession, service-users and carers.
  • Develop a deep and systematic understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches and acquire the skills necessary for analytical research-informed practice.
  • Gain skills in critical reflexivity and emotional literacy which underpin collaborative social work practice and proactive professional development.
  • Benefit from classroom and placement activities which will enable you to develop collaborative and communication abilities that can be applied to complex problem-solving tasks.

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this course offers students a rewarding career path. In addition to gaining a postgraduate qualification, successful students will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and when registered will be able to pursue a professional social work career in a range of settings.

On this practice-based social work course, your studies will be supervised by experienced practitioners, and you can expect an induction, a protected workload and a study day most weeks while on placement.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Working with people: theories and methods for social work practice
  • People in context: ethics, legislation and social policy for social work practice
  • Skills development and first placement (70 days)
Year 2
  • Knowledge for social work: critically reflective and research-informed practice
  • Critical issues in specialist and inter-professional practice
  • Last placement (100 days)

How will I be assessed?

Your academic learning will be assessed using a range of methods including reflective assignments, case studies, group and individual presentations, research tasks and examinations.

Assessments are designed to integrate theory and practice throughout the course and the variety of assessment methods used develops academic and professional skills in writing concisely and drawing on your knowledge with confidence, for different purposes and audiences.

Your practice learning will be supported by practice educators and assessed at each stage through observation of direct work, critical and reflective learning logs and reports contained in a portfolio of practice evidence.

Assessments throughout the course are designed to provide a range of opportunities for you to develop increasing confidence and autonomy and ultimately demonstrate your knowledge and skills in all areas necessary for competent practice as a newly qualified social worker.

Entry requirements

  • English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Health screening

  • 2.1 Honours degree
  • All successful applicants must also have achieved at least Key Skills level 2 in English and Mathematics. This would normally be equivalent to grade C in the GCSE examination in English and Mathematics. International applicants must have achieved IELTS Level 7 in order to be considered.
  • All applicants should be able to demonstrate aptitude and commitment to a career in social work by providing significant evidence of experience of working with people in need, in a voluntary or paid capacity.
  • Applicants must confirm their ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
  • If you have relevant prior experience and /or certificated learning you may be able to claim RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) in accordance with the University's published criteria and up to a maximum of 60 academic credits at M level.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Successful students will be eligible to apply to enter the HCPC Professional Register as qualified social workers and to work in a wide range of statutory, private, voluntary and independent organisations.

You will also have the benefit of an academic award at postgraduate level, demonstrating your capacity for deep understanding, initiative and the management of complexity.

These skills may equip you for further academic study such as a Professional Doctorate or PhD, or enable you to contribute to the knowledge base of your chosen profession with practice-based research.

As a qualified Social Worker, you will also be eligible, after a period of consolidation in practice, to apply for one of the University’s post-qualifying courses designed to support Social Workers in their continuous professional development.

MSc Social Work students have the opportunity to learn from world-leading academics and researchers in the field. Students also have the opportunity to undertake their own research alongside professional practice, ensuring that their practice is informed by the latest research, whether in child sexual exploitation, safeguarding vulnerable adults, substance misuse, etc. Students may also have the opportunity to undertake paid internships with one of our local authority employer partners.
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  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
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Fees and funding

  • Fees are £4,200

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

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Extra costs for this course

On this course you will do practice placements away from the campus.

The basic NHS Social Work Bursary provides £862.50 (2015 figure) for placement travel costs. In most cases this covers all travel and associated costs e.g. car parking.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

Students on this course have the opportunity to undertake their final practice placements at the University’s Centre for the Development of Social Care Practice.

This innovative partnership between the University and Luton Borough Council offers students a wide range of practice learning opportunities.

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for this postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS

  • EU students applying for this postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS

  • 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

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