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Social Work - MSc

Why study this course?

The Social Work MSc course is professionally accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Once you’ve successfully completed the course and become a registered social worker with the HCPC, you’ll also be eligible for membership of the British Association of Social Workers.

Your career aspirations will benefit from our course with its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice. It covers a wide range of social work subjects, helping you to develop into a reflective and resilient practitioner that can work in a variety of settings. This may include working with children, families, older people and individuals with mental health problems and learning disabilities.

London Met has been named the 2017 "preferred provider" of The North East London commissioning panel, representing the Social Work Development Partnership of five local authorities. This demonstrates the excellence of teaching you can expect on our Social Work MSc.

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You’ll develop into a reflective and resilient social work professional with this professionally-accredited programme. The focus is on developing your practical skills for future use in the working environment. These skills are based upon up-to-date research, theories, policies and legislation.

Key areas of study

You’ll develop knowledge on subjects including:

  • application of the law
  • assessment and Planning
  • human growth and development
  • research Evaluation
  • safeguarding vulnerable adults and children
  • social work theory

Importantly, we ensure you’ll understand how to apply the academic knowledge, skills and theory to real-world social work.

In the final year you’ll create a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This is achieved through your own independent study. You're free to combine research and evidence, current policy, practice and theoretical perspectives.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a team of senior lecturers who are registered as social workers. Alongside the senior lecturers, we invite service users, carers and practising social workers to contribute to your learning.

You’re encouraged to interact with this dynamic mix of teachers. We welcome your questions and contribution of ideas and experiences to classroom debates.

Placement

You will undertake supervised practice within two different placement settings for a duration of 70 days in year one and 100 days in year two. To prepare you for these placements, you will undertake 20 skills days prior to placement and a further 10 throughout the remainder of the course.

Postgraduate Diploma option

If you successfully complete all modules but not the dissertation module, you can be awarded our postgraduate diploma in Social Work. This option will also allow you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Expertise in social care

As the 2017 "preferred provider" of The North East London commissioning panel, we've been commissioned to train existing social workers as Practice Educators to supervise students while on placement.

A key role of the Practice Educators is to support your development of necessary practical skills. This will make you more effective in a diverse range of social work settings.

Assessment

You are assessed via a variety of methods including essays, presentations, video and project work, examinations and a work-based practice assessment.

Professional accreditation

The Social Work MSc is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You must successfully complete and pass all your assessments to meet the Standards of Proficiency as defined by the HCPC. This will then allow you to register as a social worker with the organisation.

The course is also compliant with the Professional Capabilities Framework as defined by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). Once registered with the HCPC, you’ll be eligible to join BASW. This will further boost your employability.

You will be required to have:

  • a second upper class honours degree or above in a social science subject
  • GCSE Mathematics and English grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or Key Skills Communication Level 2 and Numeracy Level 2 (or equivalent)
  • a minimum of six months previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people normally within a social care or health context
  • a reference from a current or previous employer/organisation where you've gained the aforementioned experience

Please note, we are not offering university equivalence tests to applicants offered a place on this course.

If shortlisted, you’ll be invited to complete an online written test. Successful completion of this will then see you invited to an admissions day where you’ll be required to take part in an observed group activity and complete an individual interview. Service users and carers, and practising social workers participate in the selection process.

Your offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory health and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and suitable references.

You’ll also be required to show original documentation confirming your stated qualifications in order to receive an unconditional offer of a place.

Please ensure your application highlights how you meet the above criteria. Given the volume of applications per year, any form that does not meet the above conditions will unfortunately not be processed.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module examines key social work roles of assessing need and risk and of developing plans for providing support or care to meet these needs and responding to risk. The module considers how social care has developed through the advent of community care to the new personalisation agenda.
    The module will also examine the assessment of children in need and their families and the needs of children in care.
    The module will set social work practice in the context of anti-discriminatory/anti-oppressive practice, social work values and professional ethics. Key issues around risk analysis and management will be addressed and explored in relation to recommendations of inquiries and serious case reviews. It is assessed through a written assignment which will be informed by in class exercises.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module will provide students with an understanding of professional social work values, standards and opportunity to develop practice skills. A wide range of communication methods and theories will be presented. The module will be taught with contributions from practice partners, service users and carers and who will have the opportunity to assess students’ suitability to undertake a practice placement. It will provide students with the underpinning knowledge of professional capabilities and assessment of readiness for direct practice. The module contains a number of skills development days.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module critically examines sociological and psychological theories of human growth and development and through critical reflection and application helps to prepare students for effective social work with children and adult service user groups.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module will provide opportunities for students to experience social work practice in order to develop and apply their knowledge, skills and values with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities. They will draw on their learning from academic and skills based modules, and will apply this guided by structured supervision and support.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module will help students develop a critical understanding of primary statutes, regulations and guidance related to social work in the context of children and families law, adult law and mental health law.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    The module focus is safeguarding children and adults. Learning is situated within current legislation, policy and practice guidance and draws on knowledge grounded in research and the recommendations of serious case reviews. The module promotes principles of social justice and human rights and the voices of children and adults are represented throughout. A multi-professional approach is central to this module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    The module will offer students an opportunity to develop and enhance their critical understanding of the social and historical context of social work. Social work theory will be critically explored and situated within practice, drawing on ethical and anti-oppressive frameworks.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module examines research and evaluation methods and their relevance to professional practice contexts. It is intended to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of research methodology and methods. This will contribute to their ability to use evidence based approaches to inform their practice. This module provides the underpinning learning for the dissertation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This is the second placement module providing opportunities for students to demonstrate professional capability at the qualifying level. This module will provide opportunities for students to experience social work practice in a statutory setting in order to develop and apply their knowledge, skills and values with either, individuals, families, carers, groups or communities. They will draw on their learning from their first placement, from academic and skills based modules, and will apply this guided by structured supervision and support.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module will focus on the proactive protection of children and vulnerable adults in a context of current legislation, policy and practice guidance. A rights approach is central to the module, as are the voices of children, adults including adult survivors. Theory will be critically explored as applied to best practice, and the knowledge base will draw on research as well as recommendations from inquiries and serious case reviews. The module explores how professional judgement, grounded in knowledge and based on research, is effectively implemented to protect children and adults.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    The dissertation is designed to give students an opportunity to undertake a substantive independent piece of research on a specific area relevant to social work practice. It is an integral part of the Masters award. The dissertation builds upon the earlier modules of the programme. Students are required to demonstrate a high level of autonomy and self-direction.

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The primary focus is on the development of practice skills, informed by up-to-date research, theories, policies and legislation. The course includes:

  • Knowledge of social work theory, human growth and development mental health and disability, communication and assessment processes, and law
  • Research and theory relevant for practice – in the final year you will be required to undertake a piece of sustained independent study through a dissertation
  • Research and evidence, current policy, practice and  theoretical perspectives

The course reflects the required Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) as defined by the HCPC and is also aligned to the Professional  Capabilities  Framework. At the end of  the course  students who have completed and passed all their assessments will have met  the SOPs. Experienced staff, service users, partners and practitioners all contribute to learning and teaching. A central feature is inter-professional learning. You will learn in a dynamic way with considerable interaction.

 

Year 1 modules include:

  • Professional Law for Social Work
  • Social Contexts and Professional Perspectives in Social Work
  • Practice Learning 1
  • Assessment Planning and Professional Ethics
  • Critical Aspects of Human Growth and Development
  • Safeguarding Children and Adults
  • Communication, Skills and Values in Social Work

Year two modules include:

  • Practice Learning 2
  • Evaluating Research
  • Practicing Children and Adults
  • Social Work Dissertation

“I come from an IT background. The teaching on social work theories, human growth and development and anti-oppressive practice has been excellent in helping me understand social work concepts”.
Franck Omombo, final year student on our Social Work MSc

You will be qualified to practice social work (subject to the requirements of registration with the Health and Care Professions Council) and be eligible to become a member of the British Association of Social Workers. This is of major importance to your career as a social worker.

You won’t be limited to working in any one particular field of social work, thanks to this courses’ diverse subject range.

Our graduates have taken up posts in a variety of settings and care groups. These include working with children and families, mental health settings, working with older people and supporting those with learning disabilities.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Read the Information for applicants: Social Work MSc for additional information on how to apply, the selection process, what support is available and more.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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