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Please note: applications for the January 2019 intake have now closed.

Northumbria University is proud of its postgraduate social work courses, with our MA Social Work designed to enable students to gain both a Masters degree and apply to be a registered social worker. On successful completion, graduates can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

This up-to-date and modernised curriculum has been designed to meet all the current requirements and recommendations of the regulatory body and will enable students to develop a range of knowledge, skills and values common to social work across a range of settings with service users and carers.

Postgraduate Social Work students will undertake two practice placements totalling 170 days of assessed practice learning. Successful students will be in a position to apply for registration and achieve a Master’s award in 22 months. A Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Social Welfare represents an academic exit award for candidates who choose not to complete the qualifying programme.

This Postgraduate Social Work programme is for graduates wishing to register with the HCPC as a qualified social worker. The programme runs in partnership with local agencies providing social work services and users and carers, and with a strong focus on practice. The programme aims to develop research informed and critical practitioners who are prepared to meet the challenge of social work in the 21st century.

Northumbria University has over 25 years of experience in running successful qualifying and post-qualifying social work programmes. You will study with an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team, many of whom are registered social workers, with a wide variety of research and subject expertise.

Close partnerships with service users, carers, and local employers will be built upon in the programme.

The target audience for this social work postgraduate are candidates who have already demonstrated a high level of academic achievement. The programme has been developed in response to a strong demand from graduates, who wish to gain this professional qualification with good employment prospects.

Postgraduate Social Work course structure

This MA programme offers graduates a recognised full-time 22-month route to registration with the HCPC. Students study six modules which include a range of academic and practice areas including: law, social policy, introduction to social work and its value base, evidence based practice and practice placements. On successful completion, students will have been assessed as meeting the standards of proficiency required by the Health and Care Professions Council and professional capabilities for qualifying social workers. This places them in the position to apply for registration with the HCPC.

The applied nature of Social Work as an academic subject means that practice is an essential part of learning. Students are encouraged to plan, manage and review their own personal and professional development alongside the more formal methods of learning. The programme is delivered in a variety of ways including lectures, seminars, group and one-to-one tutorials, video recording, use of electronic platforms and resources as well as assessed practice placements of 170 days. All these are designed to enable learning of knowledge, skills and values that are essential on a programme leading to a professional award. There is a significant amount of directed and independent learning aimed at encouraging lifelong skills in autonomous learning. Book a campus tour today.

Please note: applications for the January 2019 intake have now closed.

Northumbria University is proud of its postgraduate social work courses, with our MA Social Work designed to enable students to gain both a Masters degree and apply to be a registered social worker. On successful completion, graduates can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

This up-to-date and modernised curriculum has been designed to meet all the current requirements and recommendations of the regulatory body and will enable students to develop a range of knowledge, skills and values common to social work across a range of settings with service users and carers.

Postgraduate Social Work students will undertake two practice placements totalling 170 days of assessed practice learning. Successful students will be in a position to apply for registration and achieve a Master’s award in 22 months. A Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Social Welfare represents an academic exit award for candidates who choose not to complete the qualifying programme.

This Postgraduate Social Work programme is for graduates wishing to register with the HCPC as a qualified social worker. The programme runs in partnership with local agencies providing social work services and users and carers, and with a strong focus on practice. The programme aims to develop research informed and critical practitioners who are prepared to meet the challenge of social work in the 21st century.

Northumbria University has over 25 years of experience in running successful qualifying and post-qualifying social work programmes. You will study with an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team, many of whom are registered social workers, with a wide variety of research and subject expertise.

Close partnerships with service users, carers, and local employers will be built upon in the programme.

The target audience for this social work postgraduate are candidates who have already demonstrated a high level of academic achievement. The programme has been developed in response to a strong demand from graduates, who wish to gain this professional qualification with good employment prospects.

Postgraduate Social Work course structure

This MA programme offers graduates a recognised full-time 22-month route to registration with the HCPC. Students study six modules which include a range of academic and practice areas including: law, social policy, introduction to social work and its value base, evidence based practice and practice placements. On successful completion, students will have been assessed as meeting the standards of proficiency required by the Health and Care Professions Council and professional capabilities for qualifying social workers. This places them in the position to apply for registration with the HCPC.

The applied nature of Social Work as an academic subject means that practice is an essential part of learning. Students are encouraged to plan, manage and review their own personal and professional development alongside the more formal methods of learning. The programme is delivered in a variety of ways including lectures, seminars, group and one-to-one tutorials, video recording, use of electronic platforms and resources as well as assessed practice placements of 170 days. All these are designed to enable learning of knowledge, skills and values that are essential on a programme leading to a professional award. There is a significant amount of directed and independent learning aimed at encouraging lifelong skills in autonomous learning. Book a campus tour today.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Department
Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2019 or January 2020

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This programme is for graduates wishing to apply for registration as professional social workers with the HCPC. The programme runs in partnership with local agencies providing social work services and users and carers, and with a strong focus on practice.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Students accepted on to the course would usually have at least a second class honours degree in a relevant social sciences or related subject area. GCSE Maths Grade C (or Northumbria University recognised equivalent such as HEFC Quantitative Methods) and GCSE English at grade C.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below.

    • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 6.5

    The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist you

  • Selection:

    Our Social Work course is also approved by the regulatory body for the Social Work profession so we also have to be sure that candidates are of ‘suitable character’ to be admitted on to a Social Work course and fit for practice as a Social Work student. This means we need to carry out a Disclosure and Barring check and be confident you can uphold the standards of conduct, performance and ethics expected as potential registered Social Workers. Please look at the websites of the College of Social Work and the Health and Care Professions Council so that, having considered all this information, you will be in a better position to decide if this is the right course for you.

    Selection Process

    The selection process for the MA Social Work course involves three stages.

    Stage one: Initial direct application form to Northumbria University. We will read all applications and decide whether you are likely to meet the academic and other requirements of the course.

    Stage two: Candidates who successfully pass stage one are invited to an introductory session that includes an individual written exercise, during which candidates are required to demonstrate a good standard of written English. You must successfully pass this written exercise before being invited back for interview at a later date.

    Stage three: The final stage comprises an individual interview.

    Note: For applicants from oversees or living more than 100 miles away from the University it may be possible to complete the written exercise and interview on the same day.

    All offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health declaration, receipt of a suitable Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate, and meeting suitability and character requirements of the regulatory body that approves the social work programme (the Health and Care Professions Council) and a satisfactory second reference.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Students accepted on to the course would usually have at least a second class honours degree in a relevant social sciences or related subject area. GCSE Maths Grade C (or Northumbria University recognised equivalent such as HEFC Quantitative Methods) and GCSE English at grade C.

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £10,495

Full EU Fee: £10,495

Full International Fee: £30,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your studies you will be required to undertake a placement, depending on the location and duration of your placement you may incur additional costs for travel and accommodation of approximately £800.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for International Masters tuition fee information.

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £11,000

Full EU Fee: £11,000

Full International Fee: £30,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK and EU Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for International Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SW0723 -

Social Work Knowledge (NC, 20 Credits)

This two part module aims to introduce to a range of key knowledge for social work practice before students embark on their first practice learning experience.

In the first part of the module students will consider social work knowledge as this is framed within the Professional Capability Framework. An understanding of the concepts explored here will enhance critical understanding of social work and social policy explored further in SW0726. Students will consider social and psychological factors that impact the lives of service users, with a focus on issues of risk, inequality and development. Diversity will also be explored within this context. Students will learn about the changing social policy context of social work. They will also engage with key topics across the life-course such as risk, resilience and attachment, and how theories and evidence can inform practice.

In the second part of the module students will also be supported to develop their understanding of the detailed application of the law relating to social work practice and the contexts in which it is applied with children, young people and adults. The module examines the interface between the law and social work ethics and values, promoting a rights based approach and considering how the law may be used to promote anti-oppressive practice.

An enquiry based learning approach is adopted, using lectures, seminars, interactive e-learning resources and observations of legal settings. The formative assignment will assess students’ capacity to use knowledge in formulating their response to practice issues, and for the law component the formative assessment involves a range of “self test” or peer testing resources. The summative assignment will comprise a reflective journal which will assess students’ learning, their capacity to apply concepts, and to reflect upon their own life and development, and for the law component a time limited assessment of an unseen paper, drawing on case studies, taken under exam conditions.

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SW0724 -

Social Work Interventions (NC, 20 Credits)

This module encourages students to explore knowledge and skills related to social work interventions within three different domains:
? Intervening with individuals in context. This builds on learning about core communication skills delivered in SW0725 to develop an understanding of how to effect change with a range of service users and practice situations. Application of assessment and intervention models and methods will enable students to acquire relevant underpinning theory and skills and values to promote positive change.
? Knowledge of systemic approaches to social work intervention, core principles underpinning this way of working and to enhancing the practical ability to successfully intervene with individuals and families
? Social action and the principles of how to support community groups, initiatives and programmes in achieving social change objectives, using different organisational approaches. As third sector projects are increasingly taking responsibility for welfare provision, this Module supports student knowledge of this sector. This requires knowledge and understanding of how ‘not for profit’ or community organisations identify social change objectives, needs and trends and how they work in partnership with service users and others.
A key purpose of the module teaching and learning strategy is to enable students to have the opportunity to practice direct social work skills underpinned by an understanding of the contexts in which this action might take place, and the social work process. The module will therefore incorporate 15 skills teaching days which will include focus on a range of skills learning, for example some systemic tools and techniques for use with a range of service-user groups in a variety of contexts, and managing self in formal situations (e.g. Court, tribunals, professional panels) and developing more advanced practice skills in working with people who present particular challenges. Skills based sessions will provide opportunities for formative feedback from peers, invited practitioners and seminar leaders.

The module will be summative assessed by a critical evaluation of an intervention carried out during the practice learning experience.

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SW0725 -

Becoming a Social Work Professional (NC, 30 Credits)

This module will prepare students to undertake direct practice with service users, and for the first practice learning opportunity of 70 days which also comprises part of this module. This preparation will include 15 days development of skills for practice. This will include an opportunity to shadow a social worker. Assessment of “readiness for direct practice” will also be located in this module and take place before the commencement of the practice learning opportunity.
The taught syllabus comprises a number of core areas:
? Contexts and organisations:
? Understanding the professional context:
? Working collaboratively with others
? Managing self and communication skills

Lectures and workshops / seminars will be led by academic staff, current professional practitioners, service users and carers. Skills days will support students and social work stakeholders to explore the range of social work settings and contexts.

Assessment will comprise three parts:
? a workbook and DVD of an interview with a service user that assess both practice skills and professional capabilities at a level where students are judged ready for direct practice
? demonstration of capabilities in practice at appropriate level
? a brief reflective piece focussed on evaluation of learning during practice placement
A formative workbook and feedback from staff and peers will provide a vehicle for learning before entry to direct practice.

Learning in practice will be supported and assessed by an appointed practice educator in the workplace in relation to the development of practice capability to meet the required outcomes. Formative assessment will be provided within regular supervision sessions and via a mid- placement review of progress towards meeting professional standards.

Teaching and learning strategies provided by the practice assessor will include direct observation, practical experience, individual supervision, discussion, written work, reading, reflection and directed learning which supports professional practice and reflection on feedback from supervisor, service users, carers and other professionals. Students will have a guidance tutor to monitor professional development and provide systematic academic support during placement and to ensure programme requirements are met.

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SW0726 -

Social Work Knowledge in Complex Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide students with the necessary specialist knowledge and skills, for effective and research informed social work practice, with adults and children, young people, their families and carers. There will be a particular focus on social work where risk and professional judgement are involved.
Students will consider the concept of safeguarding across the life span with reference to different service-user groups and the specific issues associated with these. Students will develop an understanding of the interplay between relevant legislative and policy frameworks including specific reflection on ‘lessons from practice’ and the development of decision making frameworks and interagency working practices. Questions of professional power, individual choice, methods of engagement and communication and the use of frameworks for social control will be considered. Students will explore the theories relating to the personal/professional interface and its impact on safeguarding practice.
A mixture of lectures, group work, case studies and digital devices will be used in teaching. Visiting lecturers from different professional backgrounds will contribute to the teaching and enhance the inter-professional links to practice. People who use services and their carers will contribute to the teaching learning and assessment of the module through direct and indirect methods of involvement. Seminars will have a range of formative assessment opportunities which will lead to verbal and written feedback from peers and tutors.
The summative assessment has two component parts. The first component, a group presentation, will enable students to enhance their skills in collaborating with a small group in developing and participating in a presentation relating to the identification of risk and social work intervention. The second component part will be an individually written assignment which will allow students to demonstrate their appraisal of the evidence underpinning key aspects of the presentation.

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SW0727 -

Professional Social Work Practice (NC, 30 Credits)

This module will build on learning from the first year of the programme. Students will extend their understanding of the range of professional and organisational settings and multi-agency contexts for social work practice. This module incorporates both preparation for practice learning and 100 days practice learning.
Students will reflect on their learning, their professional identity and develop an increasing ability to collaborate effectively with service users and other stakeholders. The emphasis is on moving from understanding to application, collaboration and action. Students will be supported to become effective and self-confident practitioners delivering high standards of practice with service users and a wide range of stakeholders.
This module aims to support a transformation to becoming active and confident professionals with the ability to think and act purposefully within a variety of operational contexts, in order to initiate and manage change.

Teaching and Learning during the Practice Experience
Learning in practice will be supported and assessed by an appointed practice educator in the workplace in relation to the development of practice capability to meet the outcomes within the Professional Capability Framework. Formative assessment will be provided within regular supervision sessions and via a mid placement review of progress.
Teaching and learning strategies provided by the practice assessor will include direct observation, practical experience, individual supervision, discussion, written work, reading, reflection and directed learning and reflection on feedback from the practice assessor, service users and carers and other professionals. Students will have a guidance tutor to monitor professional development and provide systematic academic support during placement.

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SW0728 -

Critical Social Work Enquiry (NC, 60 Credits)

This module focuses on the student as a critically reflective practitioner, enabling the exploration of a practice topic from an evidence-based enquiry perspective. Students will write a dissertation in the manner of an academic journal article, together with appendices, to meet the learning outcomes. The inclusion of perspectives of people who use services, carers and other key stakeholder communities is a fundamental element of the project. Drawing on previous and ongoing teaching and learning, students will be allocated an experienced academic supervisor and will also draw upon peer support. Assessment is by means of a formative project proposal (1,000 words) and final Project Report (12,000 words total: 7,500 words of journal article and 4,500 words of appendices).

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