Social Work

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MA

Key facts

UCAS code:
L508
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
2 Years
Start date:
17 January 2022

Professionally recognised

Approved by Social Work England

Simulation-based learning

An innovative approach replicating realistic situations for a safe learning experience

Future-facing

Developed in collaboration with stakeholders and service users

Social Workers play an important role in supporting individuals and families to achieve positive change in their lives. Our pre-registration postgraduate Social Work degree will prepare you for a rewarding profession with human rights and social justice at its core.

Regulated by Social Work England, our course will equip you for a career in social work within a diverse range of social welfare settings.

On completing the course, you will be able to evidence and demonstrate the standards and capabilities required for registration with Social Work England as Social Worker. The course will enable you to develop the core skills, knowledge and values fundamental to social work practice.

This pre-registration course is available to graduates already holding a degree from any discipline, looking to gain a social work qualification and registration with a professional body in approximately two years rather than three or four, providing an accelerated route into the profession. You will also be eligible to apply for the NHS Social Work bursary.

Teaching and learning are focused on a critical approach that considers both the structural and individual factors that impact on the lived experiences of those who require social work intervention. You will also complete a total of 200 days of practice-based learning across a range of engaging placements to demonstrate your capability as a social work practitioner.

The use of simulation to enhance teaching and learning is embedded throughout the course, bringing 'real life' practice into the classroom. We can realistically recreate various immersive situations, allowing you to practice your skills safely in a controlled environment, before going on to deal with real people. Replicating the challenges that social work professionals face means that you’ll be highly employable when you graduate with all the skills you need to succeed.

Our award-winning team of experienced staff are always on hand to support you and enhance your core social work skills and we work closely with stakeholders such as service user groups. We also have strong links with regional partner agencies who provide, not only high-quality practice-based learning opportunities, but also support with creative and innovative approaches to teaching on the course.

You will also have the opportunity for collaborative, interprofessional working as part of a wider, growing Health and Social Care postgraduate community at Staffordshire University.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Social Work

Course content

In your first semester of year one, you will gain the knowledge, skills and values essential to evidence 'readiness for supervised practice.' This include modules focused on core skills, social work law, values and theory. The next semester consists of an 80-day practice-based learning placement.

In the first semester of year two, you will broaden your knowledge and skills in critical analysis, building on your first year of study to analyse the role of social work in a range of contexts, both nationally and internationally, consider safeguarding across the lifespan and the role of research in social work practice.

The final semester of the course will be dedicated to the completion of a 100-day practice-based learning placement, alongside a dissertation.

Students are required to complete a total of 200 days practice-based learning. This include 20 'skills days' and an 80-day placement in year one, and a 100-day placement in year two. These highly rewarding vocational placements within the community will help ensure you are well prepared for life as a Social Worker following graduation.

All modules are 20 credits which equates to 200 hours of study time. The specific type of study time varies from module to module and includes scheduled teaching and learning activities, such as online lectures, webinars, videos and briefings, online interactive discussions, individual tutorials, on-campus presentations, simulation exercises, and discussion. Guided independent study hours will include accessing online materials, tasks, discussions, and recommended reading. Independent study hours include preparation of summative assessment and portfolios, reading and researching.

Professional body accreditation

Approved by Social Work England (SWE) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with SWE as a social worker in England.

MA Social Work - Carolyn Gair

MA Social Work - Carolyn Gair

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MA Social Work graduate, Carolyn talks about her progression from being an English graduate to a school teacher to realising her passion lay with social work.

Modules

  • Core Skills for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Law
  • Critical Theory for Social Work
  • Critical Perspectives on Social Work and Society
  • Evidencing Capability – Practice Learning 1
  • Evidencing Capability – Practice Learning 2
  • Social Work in Context
  • Research for Contemporary Social Work Practice
  • Evidence based decision making across the lifespan
  • Dissertation

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above, or undergraduate degree at 2:2 with two years or more of relevant professional experience. Maths and English GCSE at Grade 4 / C or above, or any accepted equivalent Level 2 qualification.

A minimum score of 7.0 overall in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment (or an equivalent assessment) if English is not your first language.

You will also need undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and a health check to inform decisions regarding support and suitability for the course. However, disclosure of physical or mental health issues, or specific learning needs at any point of the recruitment process, will not affect whether you are offered a place on the course.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case, don’t worry. We welcome and encourage applications from students from a wide variety of backgrounds and take a holistic approach to application consideration. Contact our team of expert advisors who can guide you through your application.

If a conditional offer of a place is made, a health check is undertaken through a student self-declaration, initial occupational health screening and if appropriate, occupational health assessment, to inform decisions regarding support and suitability for the course.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Immersive Suite Simulations - Social Work

Immersive Suite Simulations - Social Work

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Social Work students Jodie and Chloe talk about the valuable way immersive simulations and role play help prepare them for their future careers.

Facilities

Community House (Stoke)

A fully furnished house used for simulated, scenario-based training. It includes audio and video facilities to record simulated exercises and allow detailed tutor and peer feedback.

Clinical Simulation Suite

These state-of-the-art labs allow a number of clinical procedures to be simulated on mannequins, enabling students to reach a level of confidence and proficiency before carrying out procedures on real patients.

Libraries

We have Libraries and Service desks at both sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. All have experienced and friendly staff who can answer your IT queries, help you to access resources, show you how to research for your assignments and even help with referencing.

Some libraries are open 24/7 at key times in the academic year and we have a 24 hour help line too.

Careers

This pre-registration course is available to graduates already holding a degree from any discipline and looking to gain a social work qualification and registration with a professional body in approximately two years as opposed to the usual three or four, providing an accelerated route into the profession.

Our course is therefore ideal for anyone who is caring and compassionate and looking for a change in career direction to really make a difference in peoples’ lives.

Upon successful completion of the MA Social Work, graduates will be eligible to apply to register with Social Work England as qualified Social Workers. This internationally recognised qualification opens up a whole world of opportunities. Many of our Social Work graduates gain employment with our placement providers studying at postgraduate level can lead to a wider range of job roles at a higher level.

Eager for more knowledge? The MA Social Work course is the perfect foundation for higher level, more research focused study and upon completion, you will be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

On this course, you will learn via a combination of masterclasses, workshops, rehearsals, seminars, production meetings and tutorials. Independent study and research also constitute an important part of your learning. You will be given reading assignments on a regular basis. Tutors will provide supporting materials and formative and summative assessments to help you.

On this course, you will learn via a combination of lectures, pre-recorded and live online webinars, small group workshops and tutorials. Students will take part in flipped learning, attend practitioner-led sessions and undertake simulation exercises alongside more 'traditional' teaching methods.

Independent study and research also constitute an important part of your learning. You will be given reading assignments on a regular basis. Tutors will provide supporting materials and formative and summative assessments to help you. You may also be directed to podcasts, documentaries, and news articles as part of your independent learning. You will also be expected to undertake independent critical reflection on practice and learning.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are.

Assessment

A range of assessment methods will be utilised throughout the course. Enhanced by technology and simulation, formative assessment will be ongoing within each module. Written assignments, presentations, exams and simulation amongst others are built into the summative assessment strategy to ensure that all students have the opportunity to shine.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Inclusion Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it is important for you to be able to evaluate your progress. Your personal mentor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Feedback will be provided both formally and informally by module tutors, allocated academic mentors and the programme lead. Informal verbal and written feedback will be provided and utilised as a tool to aid in reflection and development. Students will receive formal written feedback focused on summative assignment, and where appropriate, will be offered individual tutorials to discuss this further.

Staff

Our award-winning team of experienced staff are always on hand to support you and enhance your core social work skills

All teaching staff are qualified and experienced social workers and academics. The core staff team has a range of specialist knowledge in research, safeguarding across the lifespan, and critical perspectives on social work in contemporary society.

As part of our commitment to increase and improve standards of social work education at a higher level, we are a member of the West Midlands Teaching Partnership. https://www.wmteachingpartnership.org.uk/

Dr John-Paul King

Senior Lecturer

I have had a career in unqualified and qualified social work in both statutory and voluntary sector settings and I have worked with diverse service user groups: older people, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems…

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James Brockie

Course Director

My role at Staffordshire University is as a Lecturer and Recruitment Lead for the BA (Hons) Social Work course. My main area of expertise is social work with adults. I also teach on the Social Work Apprenticeship course.

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Carolyn Gair

Interim Associate Dean - Recruitment

Carolyn is Interim Associate Dean Recruitment in the School of Health and Social Care. Carolyn is also a registered Social Worker and her main areas of interest are around fostering and adoption, and inclusive education.

Carolyn's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 17 January 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Students will be eligible to apply for the NHS Social Work bursary.

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Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MA Full-time 17 January 2022 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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