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Social work is an incredibly rewarding career that gives you an opportunity to work with people in times of need to achieve positive change in their lives.  Northumbria University is proud to have over 50 years’ experience in providing excellent qualifying social work programmes. We are the largest provider of social work education in the North East and boast a team with extensive experience in a broad range of social work contexts. You will learn from the very best during your Master’s in Social work. 

Our academics’ research contributes to new practice developments and policy and will directly inform your learning. Current research areas include; child protection and mental health, child sexual exploitation, autism, learning difficulties, mental capacity, social justice, gender and research minded social work practice. 

The Social Work MA at Northumbria has both a national and international focus and offers the opportunity to gain experience across cultures. Trips previous students have undertaken include observing social work practice in Greece, Turkey and Northern Ireland.

This Social Work Master’s programme has excellent placements within local networks providing excellent practice learning opportunities (70 days in Year 1 and 100 days in Year 2).

We ensure that all our students are offered two, high-quality, contrasting placements in order to offer the very best and most varied work experience to prepare you for qualified practice.  Students are supported by a placement team focused on your learning needs during placements

State-of-the-art facilities at Coach Lane Campus also offer simulated placement settings to help you feel prepared. For example, it may include a mock set-up of a bedroom, living room or kitchen and you may be asked to observe the setting for red flags or indicators that somebody is struggling to cope.  We also work closely with our Educators by Experience (people who have accessed services) to ensure that students can draw on real life experiences to support their development.

Social work is a diverse and challenging profession where you will encounter people from a breadth of social, economic, religious, racial, cultural and diverse backgrounds. We are keen to reflect this diversity in our student recruitment and will consider every applicant beyond their professional and academic experience within the context of their life experience too. 

We welcome applicants with any undergraduate degree and upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the regulator, Social Work England, to be granted the protected title of Social Worker. 

Once registered, you will be immediately ready to enter the social work profession and work with people in need in a broad range of settings. You could choose to work with children and families or adults in the local authority, health, or private, independent, or voluntary sectors. 

 

The programme is currently allocated a number of NHSBSA bursaries.  The University nominate students for these depending on performance at interview.  Please click here for further details of bursaries.  

Social work is an incredibly rewarding career that gives you an opportunity to work with people in times of need to achieve positive change in their lives.  Northumbria University is proud to have over 50 years’ experience in providing excellent qualifying social work programmes. We are the largest provider of social work education in the North East and boast a team with extensive experience in a broad range of social work contexts. You will learn from the very best during your Master’s in Social work. 

Our academics’ research contributes to new practice developments and policy and will directly inform your learning. Current research areas include; child protection and mental health, child sexual exploitation, autism, learning difficulties, mental capacity, social justice, gender and research minded social work practice. 

The Social Work MA at Northumbria has both a national and international focus and offers the opportunity to gain experience across cultures. Trips previous students have undertaken include observing social work practice in Greece, Turkey and Northern Ireland.

This Social Work Master’s programme has excellent placements within local networks providing excellent practice learning opportunities (70 days in Year 1 and 100 days in Year 2).

We ensure that all our students are offered two, high-quality, contrasting placements in order to offer the very best and most varied work experience to prepare you for qualified practice.  Students are supported by a placement team focused on your learning needs during placements

State-of-the-art facilities at Coach Lane Campus also offer simulated placement settings to help you feel prepared. For example, it may include a mock set-up of a bedroom, living room or kitchen and you may be asked to observe the setting for red flags or indicators that somebody is struggling to cope.  We also work closely with our Educators by Experience (people who have accessed services) to ensure that students can draw on real life experiences to support their development.

Social work is a diverse and challenging profession where you will encounter people from a breadth of social, economic, religious, racial, cultural and diverse backgrounds. We are keen to reflect this diversity in our student recruitment and will consider every applicant beyond their professional and academic experience within the context of their life experience too. 

We welcome applicants with any undergraduate degree and upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the regulator, Social Work England, to be granted the protected title of Social Worker. 

Once registered, you will be immediately ready to enter the social work profession and work with people in need in a broad range of settings. You could choose to work with children and families or adults in the local authority, health, or private, independent, or voluntary sectors. 

 

The programme is currently allocated a number of NHSBSA bursaries.  The University nominate students for these depending on performance at interview.  Please click here for further details of bursaries.  

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Department
Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2021 or January 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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This MA programme offers graduates a recognised, full-time 23-month route to registration with Social Work England. Students study six modules which include a range of academic and practice areas including: law, social policy, professional social work practice, social work interventions, using knowledge in complex practice, skills development, anti-oppressive practice and social work value, evidence based practice and practice placements. 

On successful completion, students will have been assessed as meeting the standards of proficiency required by Social Work England and professional capabilities for qualifying social workers. This places them in the position to apply for registration with the Social Work England.

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, skills workshops, 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 and are directly informed by practitioners and service user perspectives. There is a significant amount of directed and independent learning aimed at encouraging lifelong skills in autonomous learning. 

 

 

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You will learn from a diverse range of research-focused academics. Our academics range from being leaders in their research fields to having practice based understanding of a range of social work practice areas.

Our staff are currently leading research in areas including; child protection and mental health, child sexual exploitation, autism, learning difficulties, mental capacity and social justice.

You will be supported through your studies by a personal tutor. Each module has an expert teaching team who can guide and advise you and offer tutorial support. A personal tutor will meet with you throughout the year and an educator will visit you for supervision during placement.

Book a Virtual Open Day / Experience MA Social Work

Visit a Virtual Open Day to find out about life in Newcastle, tour our facilities, discover your funding options and chat to staff and students.

You will have access to broad range of learning resources including lectures, seminars and skills workshops directly informed by practitioners and service user perspectives. Simulation facilities allow you to develop practice skills in a safe learning environment in preparation for practice with service users.

The course is based in our state-of-the-art facilities at our Coach Lane Campus. These include simulated placement settings for students to help you prepare for your placement. 

You will have access to our University Library and well-equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists.

Book a Virtual Open Day / Experience MA Social Work

Visit a Virtual Open Day to find out about life in Newcastle, tour our facilities, discover your funding options and chat to staff and students.

You will benefit from teaching that is this grounded in ‘real world’ practice experience in a range of specialist fields. Lecturers are research active across a range of specialist areas relevant to social work practice, which will be used to inform your study on the programme and support your development of evidence-based practice.

A thriving inter-professional learning and research community within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences will enable you to make links with students on other professional programmes and to develop the skills and understanding required to become a research-minded practitioner.

Book a Virtual Open Day / Experience MA Social Work

Visit an Open Day to find out about life in Newcastle, tour our facilities, discover your funding options and chat to staff and students.

The Social Work MA here at Northumbria University leads to a master’s in Social Work with the Professional Qualification in Social Work, which enables you to apply to register with Social Work England.

This is the qualification required to practice as a professional social worker. In addition to equipping you with a professional qualification, gaining the MA allows you to progress on to post qualifying courses or to apply to continue with your academic studies at PhD level.

Completing this Social Work MA is an international qualification which will not only enable you to register with social work England here, but may also support you working abroad.

Our previous students have gone on to roles as social workers and many within managerial and leadership positions, influencing policy and change across the social work spectrum. One of our former students was recently nominated for best social worker in the country.

You will graduate equipped for a range of professional careers. The specialist options built into your learning will allow you to direct your knowledge and expertise to the area you would like to work in.

This employment focused direction ensures that you leave us with a competitive advantage in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors.

Book a Virtual Open Day / Experience MA Social Work

Visit a Virtual Open Day to find out about life in Newcastle, tour our facilities, discover your funding options and chat to staff and students.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, and GCSEs at Grade 4 (Grade C) or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in the written section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, and GCSEs at Grade 4 (Grade C) or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in the written section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £11,280

Full EU Fee: £11,280

Full International Fee: £30,750

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and discounts

Click here for Home/EU scholarships and discounts information

Click here for International scholarships and discounts information

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £11,560

Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: £32,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will need to pay for your own travel costs, which may be approximately £800 per year depending on your placement location. You may be eligible to claim reimbursement of travel costs from the NHS Business Authority. Up to date information relating to this can be found at: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/student-services. If using a car to attend placement, you may also need to pay parking charges of approximately £200 per year.

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Modules

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

SW0741 -

Social Work Knowledge (20 Credits)

This two part module is designed to introduce to a range of key knowledge for social work practice and develop your ability to become an analytic and reflective practitioner before you embark on your first practice learning experience.

In the first part of the module you 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 SW0744. You will consider social and psychological factors that impact the lives of service users, with a focus on issues of risk, inequality, diversity and human development. Your learning will engage with key topics such as resilience and attachment, and how theories and evidence can inform practice and facilitate problem solving in complex practice situations.

In the second part of the module you will be supported to develop a critical 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.

More information

SW0742 -

Intervening in People's Lives (20 Credits)

This module has been designed to support you to recognise key concepts and underpinning knowledge about the social work process focusing on assessments and interventions to promote change with service users. You will examine a range of assessment and intervention methods and approaches within the social work process and how to apply these to different service user groups in a variety of practice contexts. Through a range of teaching and learning strategies, you will be encouraged to explain and distinguish between the various intervention approaches and models of assessment. The module aims to orientate you to the breadth of social work processes.

This module scaffolds learning in relation to the social work process (assessment, planning and intervention and review) within the regulatory professional framework and enables you to explore frameworks and models for social work practice. By focusing on specific forms of assessments, intervention and techniques this module will enable you to develop a depth of knowledge and core practice skills involved in the social work process.

More information

SW0743 -

Introduction to Social Work Practice (30 Credits)

This module has two stages of assessment in relation to practice. In the first stage, before commencement of practice learning, this module aims to support you to move from entry level to readiness to engage in direct practice, with an underpinning knowledge of communication skills for beginning social work practice informed by social work values and codes of practice. This will be located within a broader understanding of the social work role, collaborative working and the organisational contexts for practice. You will begin to develop a professional identity reflecting the standards of proficiency and develop professional resilience. The module plays a key role in assessing learning in relation to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) at a level where you are considered ready for direct social work practice learning. In the second stage of assessment in relation to practice, this module will provide opportunities to enable you to acquire practice skills, and integrate practice and academic learning in a practice environment in a 70 day practice learning placement. This will also provide the opportunity for holistic assessment of your professional capability at a level where they are assessed as capable at the level expected of a first placement.

More information

SW0744 -

Social Work Knowledge in Complex Practice (20 Credits)

You will consolidate and build upon your learning of social work knowledge to develop the specialist knowledge and skills for effective research informed practice with adults and children, young people, their families and carers. You will be encouraged to integrate theoretical perspectives and research into the design and implementation of effective social work interventions, particularly in the contexts of complex needs, risk, professional judgement and decision making. You will apply the concept of safeguarding across the lifespan to 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 inter-professional working practices.

More information

SW0745 -

Professional Social Work Practice (30 Credits)

The module will to build on learning from Year One and will support you to move from taking early professional responsibility to developing the confidence and ability to act as an autonomous professional at a level suitable for application to register with the HCPC and for entry to the assessed and supported year in employment. There will be an emphasis on moving from understanding to application and collaboration – developing your ability to form and sustain effective working relationships that lead to effective action. You will extend your understanding of the range of professional and organisational settings and multi-agency contexts for social work practice. You will be supported and challenged to become effective, self-confident and accountable practitioners able to deliver high standards of practice in their work alongside service users, carers and colleagues. The module will develop student’s understanding of the social work role and support their transformation to becoming ‘active’ professionals - confident in their sense of professional identity, with the ability to think and act purposefully within a variety of operational contexts, in order to initiate and manage change and demonstrate leadership.

This module includes a 100 day placement that gives you an opportunity to undertake statutory social work tasks. This will focus on learning related to all nine domains of the Professional Capabilities Framework providing practice learning opportunities that enable you to meet the threshold for qualified practice.

More information

SW0746 -

Critical Social Work Enquiry (60 Credits)

You will learn about how social work knowledge is created, find out about the different ways in which social work research can be approached and engage in ethical debate informed by principles of inclusiveness, especially the views and contributions of people who use services, carers and key stakeholder communities. This module will provide opportunities for reflection and critical debate surrounding practice issues with a focus on you as a critically reflective practitioner enabling you to explore a practice topic from an evidence-based enquiry perspective. You will also learn how to:

• Critically appraise research quality
• Conceptualise and articulate a social work problem or issue that is relevant to practice
• Undertake a literature review
• Develop a critical appreciation of the ethical dimensions of enquiry
• Develop a critical appreciation of the social policy and political dimensions relevant to your project topic and how to address their implications
• Access the contributions of people who use services, carers and other key stakeholders
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of a variety of research designs and the strategies and methods of qualitative and quantitative approaches
• Undertake collection, analysis and interpretation of data as appropriate
• Report on, analyse and critically review the research approach you have used and its outcomes.

More information

Modules

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

SW0741 -

Social Work Knowledge (20 Credits)

This two part module is designed to introduce to a range of key knowledge for social work practice and develop your ability to become an analytic and reflective practitioner before you embark on your first practice learning experience.

In the first part of the module you 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 SW0744. You will consider social and psychological factors that impact the lives of service users, with a focus on issues of risk, inequality, diversity and human development. Your learning will engage with key topics such as resilience and attachment, and how theories and evidence can inform practice and facilitate problem solving in complex practice situations.

In the second part of the module you will be supported to develop a critical 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.

More information

SW0742 -

Intervening in People's Lives (20 Credits)

This module has been designed to support you to recognise key concepts and underpinning knowledge about the social work process focusing on assessments and interventions to promote change with service users. You will examine a range of assessment and intervention methods and approaches within the social work process and how to apply these to different service user groups in a variety of practice contexts. Through a range of teaching and learning strategies, you will be encouraged to explain and distinguish between the various intervention approaches and models of assessment. The module aims to orientate you to the breadth of social work processes.

This module scaffolds learning in relation to the social work process (assessment, planning and intervention and review) within the regulatory professional framework and enables you to explore frameworks and models for social work practice. By focusing on specific forms of assessments, intervention and techniques this module will enable you to develop a depth of knowledge and core practice skills involved in the social work process.

More information

SW0743 -

Introduction to Social Work Practice (30 Credits)

This module has two stages of assessment in relation to practice. In the first stage, before commencement of practice learning, this module aims to support you to move from entry level to readiness to engage in direct practice, with an underpinning knowledge of communication skills for beginning social work practice informed by social work values and codes of practice. This will be located within a broader understanding of the social work role, collaborative working and the organisational contexts for practice. You will begin to develop a professional identity reflecting the standards of proficiency and develop professional resilience. The module plays a key role in assessing learning in relation to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) at a level where you are considered ready for direct social work practice learning. In the second stage of assessment in relation to practice, this module will provide opportunities to enable you to acquire practice skills, and integrate practice and academic learning in a practice environment in a 70 day practice learning placement. This will also provide the opportunity for holistic assessment of your professional capability at a level where they are assessed as capable at the level expected of a first placement.

More information

SW0744 -

Social Work Knowledge in Complex Practice (20 Credits)

You will consolidate and build upon your learning of social work knowledge to develop the specialist knowledge and skills for effective research informed practice with adults and children, young people, their families and carers. You will be encouraged to integrate theoretical perspectives and research into the design and implementation of effective social work interventions, particularly in the contexts of complex needs, risk, professional judgement and decision making. You will apply the concept of safeguarding across the lifespan to 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 inter-professional working practices.

More information

SW0745 -

Professional Social Work Practice (30 Credits)

The module will to build on learning from Year One and will support you to move from taking early professional responsibility to developing the confidence and ability to act as an autonomous professional at a level suitable for application to register with the HCPC and for entry to the assessed and supported year in employment. There will be an emphasis on moving from understanding to application and collaboration – developing your ability to form and sustain effective working relationships that lead to effective action. You will extend your understanding of the range of professional and organisational settings and multi-agency contexts for social work practice. You will be supported and challenged to become effective, self-confident and accountable practitioners able to deliver high standards of practice in their work alongside service users, carers and colleagues. The module will develop student’s understanding of the social work role and support their transformation to becoming ‘active’ professionals - confident in their sense of professional identity, with the ability to think and act purposefully within a variety of operational contexts, in order to initiate and manage change and demonstrate leadership.

This module includes a 100 day placement that gives you an opportunity to undertake statutory social work tasks. This will focus on learning related to all nine domains of the Professional Capabilities Framework providing practice learning opportunities that enable you to meet the threshold for qualified practice.

More information

SW0746 -

Critical Social Work Enquiry (60 Credits)

You will learn about how social work knowledge is created, find out about the different ways in which social work research can be approached and engage in ethical debate informed by principles of inclusiveness, especially the views and contributions of people who use services, carers and key stakeholder communities. This module will provide opportunities for reflection and critical debate surrounding practice issues with a focus on you as a critically reflective practitioner enabling you to explore a practice topic from an evidence-based enquiry perspective. You will also learn how to:

• Critically appraise research quality
• Conceptualise and articulate a social work problem or issue that is relevant to practice
• Undertake a literature review
• Develop a critical appreciation of the ethical dimensions of enquiry
• Develop a critical appreciation of the social policy and political dimensions relevant to your project topic and how to address their implications
• Access the contributions of people who use services, carers and other key stakeholders
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of a variety of research designs and the strategies and methods of qualitative and quantitative approaches
• Undertake collection, analysis and interpretation of data as appropriate
• Report on, analyse and critically review the research approach you have used and its outcomes.

More information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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