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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 2 Years
UCAS Code:L508
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

Step up to Social Work

Applications to 'Step up to Socialwork' open 15 February 2021. Read more about the course and the entry criteria

Step up to Social Work The Step Up programme runs every two years. Applications are open until 7 April 2021.

The University of Bedfordshire is partnered with two Step Up Regional Partnerships: South East (Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes, Central Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire) and the Central Eastern (Hertfordshire, Luton and Bedford.)

Students can expect to start the programme in January 2022, completing their training in March 2023.


About the MSc Social Work

The MSc Social Work provides you with the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in social work at masters' level. This is a generic social work qualification that equips students with the skills, ethical principles, deep knowledge, critical awareness and reflexivity needed to pursue a career in social work in any field.

Successful students are eligible to apply to the social work regulator Social Work England SWE for professional registration.

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 Business Services Authority


  • 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.

Units

  • Last Placement(100-Days) (ASS126-3) Compulsory
  • Skills Development And First 70-Day Placement (ASS125-3) Compulsory
  • Critical Issues In Specialist And Inter-Professional Practice (ASS082-6) Compulsory
  • Human Development For Social Work Practice (ASS110-6) Compulsory
  • Knowledge For Social Work: Critically Reflective And Research-Informed Practice (ASS076-6) Compulsory
  • Social Work Law, Ethics And Values (ASS113-6) Compulsory
  • Sociological And Social Policy Perspectives (ASS112-6) Compulsory
  • Working With People: Theories And Methods For Social Work Practice (ASS114-6) Compulsory

Your academic learning will be assessed using a range of methods including reflective assignments, case studies, presentations, research tasks, examinations and evidence drawn from learning in the work place. 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. A summative assignment towards the beginning of the course complements input on expectations of study at M level and personal and unit tutors provide a range of assessment support including tutorials, seminars and workshops. Your practice learning will be supported by practice educators and on-site supervisors and assessed at each stage by the submission of a portfolio at the applicable level of the Professional Capabilities Framework (BASW, 2018). Your personal tutor will support your learning in each of your placements and facilitate learning needs identified at the end of the first placement being incorporated in planning your learning in the next. Overall, assessments throughout the course are designed to provide a range of varied 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 level 4 (or equivalent)
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or level 4 (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.

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

Entry requirements


  • English GCSE Grade C or level 4 (or equivalent)
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or level 4 (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.

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


Approved by Social Work England (SWE), this course offers a rewarding career path.

In addition to gaining a postgraduate qualification, successful students are eligible to apply to the social work regulator Social Work England for professional registration, and when registered will be able to pursue a professional social work career in a range of settings.

Fees and Funding

For the Academic Year 2020/21 fees are £6,990 per year.

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

Extra costs for this course

You will need to pay for an enhanced DBS plus a small administration fee.

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

The travel allowance element of the Social Work Bursary is confirmed as £862.50 for the 20-21 academic year. This covers most travel and associated costs e.g. car parking.

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

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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

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

Apply via UCAS for this course: Use course code - L508