What will I learn?

Course description

Our MA Social Work course will help you become a highly effective social worker through a combination of teaching and practice placements.

Our course meets the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for social work practice in England, the Knowledge and Skills Statements for children, adult and mental health social workers, and the regulatory requirements of Social Work England.

You will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with Social Work England upon completion of the course. Our generic qualification enables you to work in all areas of social work practice.

Aims

The course aims to:

  • qualify you as a registered social worker;
  • prepare you to work safely and effectively with service users and carers;
  • prepare you to promote social justice in your practice and uphold social work values;
  • produce social work practitioners who are intellectually inquisitive and motivated to pursue further learning and research and professional development throughout their career.

Coursework and assessment

We use a range of assessment methods to accommodate different learning styles and learning outcomes.

These include using simulated visits and assessments, essays, case studies and group presentations. We may use other formats.

You will be assessed for your readiness for direct practice (ARDP) prior to commencing your first practice placement, and will be assessed at the end of your first and final practice placements.

Career opportunities

Our course offers a professional qualification that is nationally and internationally recognised.

You will gain the skills to take up challenging and stimulating social work posts in a variety of fields within the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

You will also have opportunities to practice across a range of settings and with different service user groups, including working within children, adult and mental health services.

Your future career prospects may also be enhanced through statutory experience within our Teaching Partnership.

The Greater Manchester Social Work Academy is a government-sponsored Teaching Partnership that ensures close links between local employers and universities across Greater Manchester.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (24 months)

Tuition fees
£19,000.00 (US$ 25,752) per year
The fees quoted will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

We normally require you to have an Upper Second class degree or above. This can be in any subject area. Relevant employment and/or personal experience within a health or social care setting is highly desirable. If you have a Lower Second classification degree, your application will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on your experience. Students must also have GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English grade C by the start of the course. We do not accept qualifications at level 2 as equivalents to GCSE English or Maths, and will only consider international and pre-GCSE qualifications as equivalents. International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ). Specifically, we require a minimum of: IELTS overall score of 7 or above with no element below 6.5, or TOEFL minimum of 600 (paper-based); 250 (computer-based); 100 (internet-based), or GCSE English grade C (a Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) or above, or evidence of equivalent learning that is accepted by the University.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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