Social Work MA 2022/23 entry

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2 years full-time



Coventry University (Coventry)


September 2022



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The content of this course for September 2022 entry is still being updated.
The information on these pages relates to September 2021 entry and is for guidance only. Please revisit this course page for updated information.


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.

Currently accredited by Social Work England, 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 (additional fees may apply).

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

You will undertake two placements of 70 days and 100 days (sourced by the university). As well as providing invaluable experience, this 170 days is a requirement to apply to register as a social worker on successful completion of the course.

Grounded in practice, this course will enable you to build on your existing academic, work and life experiences in order to achieve the 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.


The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Social Work England

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.

Regulation of the social work profession is by, Social Work England (SWE), This course has been designed to comply with SWE’s requirements and is currently accredited by SWE.

On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to register with SWE to practice as a professional Social Worker (additional costs may apply). We also encourage you as students on this course to become members of the British Association of Social Work (additional costs may apply). Please check with the membership body for details.

The course also includes the Professional Development module in Creativity, Change & Innovation, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module, offering the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status. Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

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

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 this course is professionally accredited by Social Work England. On successful completion of this MA in Social Work you will be eligible to apply to register as a social worker. (Additional costs may apply, please see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section)

Coventry University was ranked 6th for Social Work in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Course Specification
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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. You will also complete your first placement of 70 days duration.

All modules are mandatory


  • 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


The second year is designed to mark your development of knowledge, skills and behaviour, marked by the larger second practice placement of 100 days. You will follow a trajectory of academic study, focusing on applied work, and particular emphasis on independent study at master’s level.

All modules are mandatory


  • Social Work Practice 2

  • Critical Reflective Practice 2

  • Research Methods for Professional Practice

  • Professional Practice Dissertation

  • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation (CIM module – please see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section)

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...

  • Coventry University ranked 6th for Social Work in The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • Current teaching staff are experienced both academically and in social care work practice (staffing is subject to change)
  • Approximately 170 days of practice learning in two placements
  • 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 childcare 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 (around 35-37.5 hours a week).

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

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

Please note that international experiences/trips cannot be guaranteed and may be subject to competitive applications, availability, meeting visa requirements and additional fees may apply.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 classification in an undergraduate degree in any discipline and have at least 1 year’s relevant work experience in a social work-related field. Maths and English GCSE at Grade 4/C or equivalent.



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.



September 2022

£10,600 (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.

Course essentials - additonal costs

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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.


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 2021/22 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 course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.