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Social Work MA

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Overview

 

DMU has a 30-year history of delivering social work education at undergraduate level. This course, recently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, uses this experience to offer social work qualification at postgraduate level with successful completion providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC.   

The course is vocational and up to half of it is spent on placement in social work settings. The course aims to produce capable and competent students ready to enter the profession and make a difference to service users’ lives. The qualification is generic so you will be able to work across a range of adult and childcare settings in both the statutory and voluntary sector.   

Benefit from a variety of teaching methods including formal lectures, student-led learning, problem-based learning, self-directed study and e-learning. Alongside this, the Social Work MA has 170 days of practice-based learning. 

We have strong links with placement providers which produce high quality placements supervised by practice educators. Placements are normally within the Leicester City or Leicestershire geographical area and are full-time work-based learning commitments.

Key features

  • Develop your professional skills by transferring theory into practice in the 170 days on placement.
  • We have strong links with the local statutory and voluntary sector to ensure good quality and supportive placement experiences.
  • The course has been developed to provide the academic teaching before placements to ensure that you feel equipped for practice learning.
  • You will be taught by experienced social work practitioners and researchers, ensuring a rich learning experience.
  • Service users, carers and current social work practitioners are directly involved in our teaching.
  • Benefit from a 30-year history of delivering social work education at DMU.
  • Study a range of modules including Children and Families Social Work, Human Growth and Development, Social Work with Adults, and Social Work Theories and Methods.

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: L50080

Duration: Two years full-time

Attendance: You will be required to achieve a minimum of 70% attendance. 

Start date: September 2021

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
For 2020/21 full-time tuition fees for both years of the Social Work MA in total will be £5,550.

For 2021/22 full-time tuition fees for both years of the Social Work MA in total will be £6,600.

Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship:
Up to 50 per cent off tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU graduates who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Social work bursaries and student loans

There will be a reduced and restricted number of bursaries available for post graduate social work students through universities in England. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services Authority

This funding route could be subject to change so do check the situation with NHS Business Services before application. Any social work bursaries awarded to DMU will be allocated to students on a competitive basis. 

Students who have not been successful in gaining a bursary may be eligible for a student loan for study depending on their circumstances.     

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course and DMU accommodation costs.

 


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Institution code: D26

Course code: L50080

Duration: Two years full-time

Attendance: You will be required to achieve a minimum of 70% attendance. 

Start date: September 2021

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 
For 2020/21 full-time tuition fees for both years in total will be £14,600

For 2021/22 full-time tuition fees for both years in total will be £15,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course and about DMU accommodation costs.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Please note: 

The programme welcomes applications from international students who will undertake the same placements as UK students and obtain a detailed understanding of the operation of the English Social Work system. However, the programme is designed and is specific to social issues within the UK and students will be eligible to register as qualified social workers to work in England ONLY, on successful completion of the course.

The course is NOT transferrable overseas as it is based on UK legislation and is accredited by Social Work England.

Therefore, following successful completion of the programme, in order to practice as a social worker in England, you will need to ensure you are eligible and have the right to work in the UK for the duration of your employment.

Entry criteria

Typically, you need to already have a 2:1 degree and a minimum of 6 months full-time relevant paid or voluntary work experience, or equivalent (approximately 800 hours), within the social care sector.

Applicants who hold a 2:2 degree (in any subject) will be considered if they also hold an award at postgraduate level and have 6 months (approximately 800 hours) relevant experience. Related voluntary work as well as other relevant life experiences (e.g. informal care giving) will also be considered as part of this experience.

Applicants who hold a 2:2 degree but do not have a postgraduate qualification will be considered if they have at least 12 months full-time equivalent (approximately 1600 hours) relevant applied social work/care experience. Related voluntary work as well as other relevant life experiences (e.g. informal care giving) will also be considered as part of this experience.

English language requirements:

All applicants must hold at least a GCSE grade C in English Language or agreed equivalent on admission.

For students whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 7 is required with no component below 6.5.

Prior learning:

We aim to ensure that applicants are suitable for the programme. We will consider prior certificated learning against modules on the programme where this can be shown to match modules. However, we do not accept prior experiential learning against any module on the programme. 

 

 

Within your application (and interview – if selected) you will have to explain your motivation to undertake social work as a career and evidence an initial understanding of the profession.

Applicants will be asked to confirm their competence in I.T. skills before being offered a place.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check: Yes

As part of the admissions process, applicants are required to go through our processes for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), statutory social service intervention declaration and health declaration. Any criminal record declaration will be managed in accordance with the programme’s DBS process in a timely manner, with the aim of confirming an applicant’s suitability for the programme prior to enrolment.

More information

Contact admissions@dmu.ac.uk if you have any questions over entry and admissions criteria. Or for more information, please see the university's Students Admissions Policy.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Registration as Social
Worker

 

Proposed Modules

  • Children and Families Social Work
  • Social Work with Adults
  • Values and Social Justice
  • Social Work Theories and Methods
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Understanding Professional Practice in Social Work
  • Research Methods
  • Placement One
  • Placement Two
  • Research Dissertation  

Teaching and assessment

There will be a variety of teaching methods e.g. formal lectures, student led learning, problem based learning, self-directed study and e-learning within the course.

With on-going assessment being informed by essays, group presentations, case studies, skills exercises, a placement portfolio and other methods. In your final year you will complete a dissertation.  

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you with your academic learning.

The Social Work MA has 170 days practice based learning. You will be assessed as being ready for direct practice before your first placement by participating on skills days related to social work practice.

We have strong links with placement providers which produce high quality placements supervised by practice educators. Placements are normally within the Leicester City or Leicestershire geographical area. Placements are full-time work-based learning commitments.       

Teaching and learning is structured around the relevant professional standards for social work – the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards for proficiency for Social Workers in England and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for Social Workers https://www.basw.co.uk/pcf/. The standards will inform your academic and placement based assessment.

Teaching contact hours

During teaching semesters it is envisaged there will be three days teaching per week. 

Registration as a Social Worker

The title of Social Worker is legally restricted. As a result only suitably qualified and registered persons can describe themselves as such. Only successful completion of the whole MA Social Work degree (including both placements) will confer your eligibility to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

The HCPC has standards in relation to conduct, performance and ethics and standards in relation to health for graduates who apply to register as social workers and registrants.

The same expectations are applied to students on the programme in relation to their conduct and suitability. As part of ensuring this, applicants are asked to complete a declaration form in relation to previous convictions as well as their suitability for the programme and there is an expectation that students will inform the team of any changes in their circumstances.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship - up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

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Graduate careers

This course is vocational - up to half of the course is spent on placement in social work settings. The Social Work MA aims to produce capable and competent students ready to enter the profession and make a difference to service user’s lives.

The qualification is generic so you will be able to work across a range of adult and childcare settings in both the statutory and voluntary sector.  

 

 

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“The course has given me the opportunity to see first-hand what social work practice is like through shadowing days in my first year. Next year I will be given the opportunity to go on two placements, one working with children and one with adults, and I could not be more excited. It has built my confidence and my ability to see my strengths and capabilities, some of which I did not even know I had until being a part of the course. Through my course I have found lifelong colleagues and friends. It has given me a new sense of life.” Danielle Tow, Health Studies BA Hons graduate

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