Social Work MA 2020/21 entry

Course code:

HLST203

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

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Course code:

HLST203

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

HLST203

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Overview

Social work is a rewarding profession which enables you to work with and support individuals, families and communities of all ages who face difficulties or distress in their lives.

Your role is to assist them in developing practical strategies to improve their situations and make a positive difference – protecting the vulnerable from harm and abuse or supporting people to live independently. It allows you to give something back to society.

Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), our MA was developed in line with government recommendations in response to the demand for a highly skilled workforce. Recognised internationally, the British social work qualification allows you to apply to register for practice as a professional social worker on completion, working for local government, voluntary and third sector organisations, charities or NGOs.

Upon graduation you can apply to work in any area of social work, rather than simply qualifying for one particular area, such as child care or mental health – a distinct advantage giving you greater flexibility in your career choices.

Grounded in practice, this course will enable you to build on your existing academic, work and life experiences in order to achieve the HCPC professional social work qualification, as well as gain a master’s level degree to help you stand out to employers.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Close partnerships currently exist with all employers and HEIs in the Teaching Partnership, and there are particularly established links with Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Health Care Professional Council (HCPC)

The course is currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, and the department are active partners on the West Midlands Teaching Partnership for Social Work.

Course information

Social Work is much more than ‘helping people’. At its best it saves lives, protects vulnerable people from harm and enhances the life chances of those in social need. This course engages the head, the heart and the hands because theoretical knowledge, skills and practical experience and values of human compassion are all essential requisites of an effective social worker. The course provides you with rigorous academic study and a professional qualification upon successful completion of the course.

We have been educating social workers for over 50 years and are currently professionally accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)*. On successful completion of this MA in Social Work you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC to register as a social worker.

We have a rating of 95% overall satisfaction according to the National Student Survey 2019. www.officeforstudents.org.uk

*‘The University’s accreditation with HCPC shall be up for renewal in August 2020. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon possible.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Year one contains a series of modules introducing you to the core learning required in social work education. The suite of teaching aims to provide you with baseline concepts and skills development in preparation for assessed practice, including an innovative new module exploring emotions in social work.

Modules

  • Introduction to Social Work

  • Legal and Policy Frameworks for Practice

  • Using Theories and Methods in Social Work Practice

  • Readiness for Practice

  • Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan

  • Social Work Practice with Children, Young People & Families

  • Social Work Practice with Adults

  • Social Work Practice 1

  • Critical Reflective Practice 1

Overview

The second year is designed to mark your development of knowledge, skills and behaviour, marked by the larger second practice placement. You will follow a trajectory of academic study, focusing on applied work, and particular emphasis on independent study at Master’s level.

Modules

  • Social Work Practice 2

  • Critical Reflective Practice 2

  • Research Methods for Professional Practice

  • Professional Practice Dissertation

  • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Our lecturers are experienced both academically and in social care work practice. You will benefit from approximately 170 days of practice learning and upon successful completion of the course achieve both a professional and academic degree outcome.

Your main study themes are:

  • The importance and significance of the legal framework for social work: This explores topics such as child care and mental health legislation, Care Acts, work with young offenders etc.
  • Theories and methods of social work:  This explores the importance of different social work approaches and understandings and the link to different areas of practice.
  • Applied research in practice: This looks at the centrality of understanding research and methodology in social work.
  • Ethical basis of social work interventions: Looking at the ethics and values on which social work interventions are based.
  • Social work practice with children and adults: We consider legislation, practice and research in the field.
  • Psychology of human growth and development: This explores the development of personality, psychological difficulties and attachment theory.
  • Transformative social work: Exploring the role of social work in social change.

Our broad range of knowledge and skill within the team is reflected in our diverse teaching methods. You can expect to experience large and small-group sessions, personal development groups, individual and group tutorial and some online content.

Assessment on the programme mirrors the diverse teaching methods with an approach to meet various skills and competencies as required by the regulation of the programme. This includes formative and summative assessment, through assignment, reflective log, class test and practical skill demonstration.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Upon successful graduation of the programme you can make an application to the regulator of social workers in England to be placed on the relevant register as a professional social worker and you will also receive a Master’s degree.

During Year 1 you can expect to spend approximately 3.5 days per week at the university during term time from September to December, and January to April. In Year 2, placement between September and January should involve 'full-time’ attendance.

Each year the faculty offer international experiences**, and in 2019 social work students have been involved in visits to Finland and the Netherlands.

**International experiences/trips may be subject to competitive applications, availability, meeting visa requirements and additional fees may apply.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

2.1 classification in an undergraduate Honours degree. Maths and English GCE at Grade 4/C or equivalent.

A lower degree classification may be accepted in circumstances whereby an applicant holds other postgraduate qualification, or has exceptional experience in the field.

 

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline, and have at least 1 year relevant work experience in social work related field. Applicants with a lower degree classification will be considered, if they have completed further qualification at postgraduate level (such as a PgCert).

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline, and have at least 1 year relevant work experience in social work related field. Applicants with a lower degree classification will be considered, if they have completed further qualification at postgraduate level (such as a PgCert).

Please note: International applicants will be required to attend an interview with Coventry University in the UK.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£14,700 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.


NHS Bursaries

There are a limited number of bursaries available to eligible UK/EU students. You may be eligible for a Social Work bursary which is funded by the Department of Health. For the latest information regarding bursaries, please go to the NHS Business Services Authority website.

Career prospects

Graduates from social work qualifying programmes at Coventry University have excellent career prospects in the caring professions, supported by our close links with local employer partners, who are actively involved in the design, delivery and assessment of the programme.

There remains to be healthy employment rates in the local area for qualified local authority social workers, however past graduates have also gone on to wider range of positions in the NHS and voluntary sector.

 

Where our graduates work

Past graduates have benefited from particularly helpful working relationships with local employers who make up the West Midlands Teaching Partnership, and especially Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to satisfactory health clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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