Social Work MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
As a course we are proud that you will have the opportunity to:
• Work with service users, carers, social work practitioners and experienced university tutors, who will all bring unique insights into your learning and development.
• Engage with an internationally recognised research department in social work.
• Build upon our excellent relationships and reputation with employers across West Yorkshire and beyond Yorkshire and East Lancashire.
• Develop the key skills required to become a confident and competent social worker in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work.
This is a professional qualifying course in social work and is intended for graduates who are committed to a future career in social work. The course is designed to help prepare you to work in all social care settings including residential, field, day care, healthcare and education within statutory, voluntary and private sectors, as well as multi-disciplinary settings and work teams.
This is managed and delivered by a long-standing partnership between the University and local social work agencies, including statutory, voluntary and service user-led organisations. You will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice through undertaking two assessed work placements and a work-shadowing experience, helping you to enhance your academic and personal development. The course aims to produce practitioners who can critically reflect on their practice and promote anti-oppressive practice in a multicultural society. You will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills including communication, assessment, analysis and reflection, as well as gaining knowledge in a range of areas, such as legislation, policy and how people interact with their environments.
18 / 09 / 2017
2 years full-time
Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:
• An Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject.
• Or an academic reference indicating you are expected to obtain an Honours degree (2:1 or above)
• You must have Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or above (or equivalent). You also need a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health clearances prior to registration.
• You also need a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health clearances prior to registration. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.
• At interview you will be required to declare any involvement by social services relating to children or vulnerable persons living in your care or for whom you provide care, living in a household in which you live, or have lived. Information you provide may have to be discussed with the Local Authority Designated Officer before a decision is made on your application.
• If your first language is not English, you are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in any single component.
You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.
If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying.
You will be shortlisted on the strength of your written application and must demonstrate how you have used your previous experience (for example paid, voluntary, personal and educational) to help you develop some knowledge and understanding of the tasks and roles undertaken by social workers.Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.
Assessment: Planning in Social Work
You will critically explore the underpinning theory and methods of assessment, which will provide the opportunity for you to develop the ability to hypothesise, assess and analyse situations. You will also learn how to construct support plans and explore ways of assessing children, families and adults. Assessment will involve producing two pieces of coursework. Firstly you will undertake a presentation and written report focusing on families and children. Secondly you will produce a written essay, which will focus on the assessment of vulnerable adults and their carers.
First Practice Placement
This module provides you with the opportunity to apply and develop your knowledge, skills and values in a practice setting. You will complete 70 days of assessed practice in a social work/care setting where you will be supported by a practice educator. You will be required to demonstrate that you can practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for social work. Throughout the placement you will produce coursework in the form of a portfolio, which details your development and includes a final report from your Practice Educator, who will recommend a pass or fail in practice.
Law and Social Work
This module will help you to examine the complexity of the relationship between legislation and social work practice. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of a wide range of professional social work laws and examine how legislation sets the boundaries for social work practice. Assessment will be through four informal exams which will be assessed on a pass, refer or fail basis and a piece of written coursework.
Readiness for Practice
This module will support you in your preparation for practice. You will conduct an interview with a service user in which you will be asked to demonstrate your social work skills. The service user interviewed will provide you with feedback and you will be required to write a commentary on the interview experience. Based on the interview and commentary, a decision about your readiness to undertake direct practice will be made by a panel of tutors, service users, carers and employer representatives.
You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of professional practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work. The module emphasises the importance of evidence based practice with an ability to critically and systematically analyse, evaluate and apply theory to practice. You will have the opportunity to develop an awareness of the key skills required to become a competent, confident and resilient worker. Assessment will be through two pieces of coursework, a written assignment based on practice, and a digital story reflecting upon a critical incident in practice. You will also construct a Professional Development Plan which will be assessed on a pass, refer or fail basis.
Social Work Knowledge and Interventions
In this module you will critically consider how social workers can apply research, theory and knowledge gained from sociology, psychology, human growth and development to social work practice. You will study a range of social work interventions and how these can be critically applied in practice. You will have the opportunity to develop key skills which will enhance your confidence in being a research minded professional. Assessment will involve producing one piece of coursework in the form of a written essay.
Working Together with Service Users and Carers
This module provides the opportunity for you to develop a critical understanding of what it is like to be a service user or carer in today’s society. You’ll participate in interactive sessions with service users, service providers and carers to have the chance to develop your understanding of the issues faced by particular groups. Assessment will be through coursework involving a written reflective account of three of the interactive sessions as well as an essay demonstrating your understanding of assessment, empowerment and communication, discussing how, as a social worker, you would work in partnership with a service user to resolve a fictitious problem.
Critical Reflective Practice
Through this module you will have the chance to further develop your knowledge, skills and critical understanding of professional practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work. The module further emphasises the importance of evidence based practice with an ability to critically and systematically analyse, evaluate and apply theory to practice. You will have the opportunity to gain an awareness of the key skills required to become a competent, confident, resilient and autonomous worker. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework, a written assignment based on practice and a digital story reflecting upon a critical incident in practice. You will also construct a Professional Development Plan which will be assessed on a pass, refer or fail basis.
Final Practice Placement
This module provides you with the opportunity to critically apply and develop your knowledge, skills and values in a practice setting. You will complete 100 days of assessed practice in a social work setting where you will be supported by a practice educator. You will be required to demonstrate that you can practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for social work. Throughout the placement you will produce coursework in the form of a portfolio which details your development and includes a final report from your Practice Educator, who will recommend a pass or fail in practice.
Social Work with Adults
You will examine the responsibilities of being an Adult Social Worker, underpinned by the professional capability framework and the key skills and knowledge statements for adult social work. You will engage with issues of safeguarding, risk, law, mental health, loss and transitions. You will be assessed through two pieces of course work. The first assessment will consist of two parts, a group presentation and a reflective account. You will write a 3000 word essay where you will research in more detail an adult client group of interest to you.
Social Work with Children
In this module you will critically consider social work practice with children and families with a specific focus on child centred practice. You will develop knowledge and a critical understanding of child safeguarding, law, research and theory that informs your practice. You will also increase your critical awareness of risk, neglect and abuse experienced by children. Assessment will involve two pieces of coursework, where you will produce a poster and a 10 minute podcast.
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The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
During the course you will undertake a 70 day placement in year 1 and a 100 day placement in year 2. These are managed and assessed by experienced practice educators, who provide opportunities for you to develop and apply the knowledge, value base and professional capabilities required of social workers in qualified practice.
Placements are undertaken in wide variety of settings within the voluntary and statutory sectors. For example, you may work with Local Authorities, national charities, drug and alcohol services, housing agencies, sexual health services and a wide variety of other social care and welfare services. Placements are also provided across a wide range of service user groups and you may have the opportunity to work with vulnerable adults, children and families, young people, people with learning disabilities or people with mental health issues.
Upon successful completion of this course you are currently eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified social worker. This is the professional qualification required to practice as a social worker in the UK. This course provides the opportunity for you to work with either children and families or adult services, in the statutory, independent and voluntary sector. Our graduates now work in a variety of settings across the statutory sector, including Local Authorities and a wide range of national charities and organisations.
Professional links and accreditations
This course is currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Successful completion of this programme currently provides eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC Register. For more information, please see the HCPC website.
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught by lecturers from a range of social work backgrounds, service users, carers and guest speakers from current practice settings. Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and group work with other health professional students. During the course you will also undertake 30 days of skills development.
You will be assessed through a wide range of methods including individual and group presentations, essays, reports, case studies, digital stories, direct observations, reflective writing, coursework and portfolio work.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students for this course will be £6,785. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take two calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.
Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
How to apply
Applications for this course are via UCAS. Please take a look at the information on what to do next.
International applicants should apply direct to the International Office. For further details on international applications click here.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.