Social Work

MA Social Work

Social work requires a skilled, knowledgeable and creative approach to support and protect some of the most vulnerable people in society at all stages of their lives.

Our MA in Social Work is offered through a two year full-time, or four year part-time route. It is approved by the regulatory body for the profession, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On successful completion of the course students will be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker with the HCPC. 

The teaching of social work is long-established at the university with taught sessions taking place on the main campus, centrally located in the historic, bustling city of Canterbury. The MA social work programme has three main areas of learning - the study of academic subjects, development of skills through practice skills workshops, and practice placements. It is generic, enabling those completing successfully to work in a range of settings meeting the diverse needs of service users, families and carers. The course will provide you with the opportunity to build on previous experience and educational studies to develop the skills and knowledge required for effective social work practice. The course is flexible, providing for study through a full-time or part-time route with the option for students to change their route, subject to agreement. The minimum commitment for part-time students is two days a week.

Employment opportunities

On successful completion of the course students will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care professions Council (HCPC). There are excellent employment opportunities for registered social workers. The programme is a generic course enabling graduates to work in a full range of settings – social services departments of local authorities, health and social care multi-professional teams and many services in the voluntary and independent sector providing community, day care and residential services. Continuing professional development is a requirement for all professionals and the opportunity to progress to supervisory and managerial roles is reflected in The College of Social Work’s Capabilities Framework. 

Programme Structure

The programme enables students to meet the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) of The College of Social Work which has been designed to ensure that by the end of the course students can practise effectively using a range of knowledge, a strong commitment to social justice, application of professional values and recognition of the diverse needs of members of society. Skills of assessment and intervention will be developed and taught throughout the course, in the classroom and through practice placements, comprising 30 skills days over the course, 70 days practice learning in year 1 and 100 days practice learning in year 2. For the part-time route, 30 skills days will be undertaken over the four years, 35 days practice learning in year 1, 35 days in year 2 and 100 days across years 3 and 4. Placement experience includes work in at least two settings, working with a variety of service user needs, e.g., children, young people and families, people with mental health needs and vulnerable adults. Development of professionalism, the ability to apply critical reflection and analysis and the flexibility to work in changing contexts and organisations are key areas of achievement required for successful completion of the course.

At the end of the programme both the part-time and full-time route will enable students to gain 180 credits in a range of subject areas alongside practice learning and skills development. This includes the 60 credit research project, an extended module which is introduced early within the programme and continues through the duration of the period of study. Students who do not complete this module may exit the programme with 120 credits, an award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work and eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. 

Module Information

Full-time students study 4 modules in their first year and three in their second year. The extended research module takes place throughout the two years.

Part-time students study 2 modules in each of years 1, 2 and 3 and 1 module in year 4. The extended research project module is undertaken over the 4 years.

Modules

  • Foundations of Social Work (20 credits)

  • Understanding Human Development (10 credits)

  • Social Work, Theory and Practice (10 credits)

  • Law and Social Policy (20 credits)

  • Sociological Perspectives and Social Work (20 credits)

  • Safeguarding (20 credits)

  • The Critically Reflective Practitioner (20 credits)

  • Extended Research Project (60 credits)

The social work team has developed successful relationships with regional practice- based educators and placement providers in order to offer students a wide range of placement opportunities. Approved practice educators support and assess students on placement to promote their capability and confidence in developing and applying knowledge for effective practice. Teaching of skills is provided through dedicated skills workshops, delivered by academic staff, service users and experienced practitioners.

Classroom teaching takes place through whole group lectures, seminars and small group work and is delivered using resources such as power-point, audio-visual material and case studies. There is a dedicated, fully resourced skills house for delivery of the required skills days. Students gain from the naturalistic environment of a home situation in order to practice developing skills of assessment, communication and intervention, reviewing their development through learning tools such as video recorded work.

Embedded throughout the programme is a focus on the experiences of those who use services so that students can gain valuable understanding of the impact of distressing circumstances and professional responses on the lives of service users and their carers. Service users contribute to teaching and assessment throughout the programme and are part of the varied teaching and learning approaches of the programme. Core teaching is delivered by academics with substantial practice experience across a range of service user groups and who maintain their knowledge and expertise through research, writing for publication, consultancy and teaching experienced practitioners undertaking post-qualifying courses.

Learning is assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, group and individual presentations and completion of practice portfolios. Prior to starting their first placement, students are required to demonstrate their readiness for practice through shadowing an experienced social worker. In addition to structured teaching sessions, further learning activities are recommended: post-graduate study requires students to be self-directed in their learning in order to deepen their knowledge and achieve a high level of critical thinking and reflection. There are a range of learning resources available including the substantial library facilities and web-based support.

  • First class or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject discipline.
  • First class or upper second class honours degree in an unrelated subject and demonstration of significant social work related experience at an appropriate level, gained either in a paid or voluntary capacity, or experience as a service user/carer.  (The usual entry criteria recommended by The College of Social Work is a 2:1 or above. If your degree classification is a lower second class (2:2), this will not preclude consideration of your application as a range of factors are taken into account for admission to the programme).
  • GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths at grade C or above.
  • Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English.
  • Basic ability to use ICT including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
  • All successful candidates will be subject to Occupational Health, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and suitability clearance.

Please contact the Programme Director, Cheryl Yardley 

cheryl.yardley@canterbury.ac.uk  if you require further details about current entry requirements.

A non means-tested NHS bursary is available for full-time and part-time students, subject to eligibility requirements and bursary numbers agreed for the university by the Department of Health.  (Please note that this information may be subject to changes in the future by the Department of Health and you are advised to seek current information at the time of your application).

See attachment ‘Admissions booklet, MA 2015 entry’ for details of the selection process and finance information applicable to the MA Social work course.

Fees

The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per yearUK/EUOverseas
Full-time

£4,052

£12,500*

Part-time

£2,026

n/a

The 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are to be confirmed:

Fee per yearUK/EUOverseas
Full-time

TBC

£12,500*

Part-time

TBC

n/a

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund.  

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships  or  contact the International Office  .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the  general additional costs which apply to courses  at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Applications must be made through the UCAS website.

For UCAS operational reasons, this programme's applications are handled throught the UCAS Undergraduate process.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • L508

Length

  • Two years full-time
    Four years part-time

Entry requirements

  • First class or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject discipline. First class or upper second class honours degree in an unrelated subject and demonstration of significant social work related experience at an appropriate level, gained either in a paid or voluntary capacity, or experience as a service user/carer. The usual entry criteria recommended by The College of Social Work is a 2:1 or above. If your degree classification is a 2:2, this will not preclude consideration of your application as a range of factors are taken into account for admission to the programme.

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