The MA in Social Work is due to be re-validated for those who wish to join us in 2019.
We continue to be committed to providing an excellent student experience which prepares you for Social Work Practice in the 21st Century work place. The Social Work Academic team will be redesigning the current MA Social Work curriculum to offer an even more focused student experience.
This will ensure that outcomes for you continue to be of a high standard and will prepare you for your professional practice and employment. As such the current MA in Social Work is being updated to reflect these intentions as well as the changing professional landscape and political direction of Social Policy and Social Work.
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In redesigning our MA Social Work, the academic team will continue to ensure that the student experience at the University of Northampton is centred around developing excellent professional practice. This will take place through high quality teaching and the application of theory to practice placement experiences.
The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop and enhance key skills in working with service users, colleagues and professionals from a range of backgrounds.
The practice placement will offer you the opportunities to apply your academic learning and develop relevant professional skills, through two five-days-per-week placement opportunities. The first placement will cover 70 days with the second one being 100 days. Between the placements you will be in University embedding this learning experience within taught academic sessions. Placements are offered in a variety of settings, all of which meet the HCPC Standards of Proficiency, Education and Training.
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Modules* you will study
You will complete 180 credits at level 7 through a range of modules covering the theoretical, socio-political, legal, economic and contemporary challenges of Social Work Practice, incorporating two placement modules. These have been developed to meet the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency and Standards of Education and Training, as well as covering the BASW Professional Capabilities Framework and Code of Values and Ethics.
These taught modules are complemented by two professional practice placements, which offer you the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge, academic skills and developing professional identity to service user, carer and family settings.
At completion of the full 180 credit award (assuming a pass at both practice components) you will be able to apply to register with the HCPC which is mandatory to practice as a Social Worker in England.
*Subject to validation
Employment prospects for Social Work graduates are excellent and you will be able to pursue social work careers across the country. Successful graduates can apply to the HCPC for registration, please note that you are only eligible for this if you graduate with a MA Social Work degree. This is because Social Work is a protected title.
If you graduate without completing the full award you will not be eligible to apply for registration to the HCPC and cannot be awarded the title of Social Worker.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) web page also provides information to prospective applicants about Standards of Proficiency and Regulation.
If you are successful in applying for this course you will be invited to attend a formal interview with academic tutors, practitioners and service users.
- A relevant undergraduate degree, normally a 2:1 classification or other recognised equivalent qualification
- You will also need to evidence at least 6 months relevant social care or health focused work experience (within a voluntary or paid capacity)
- For entry onto the MA Social work we ask that you hold at least a GCSE grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent qualifications. (Please contact our admission team to confirm equivalent status of qualifications)
- If your first language is not English an IELTS score of 7 is required (with no component less than 6.5)
- All candidates will be asked to declare any DBS cautions or convictions prior to interview and enrolled students are subject to regular monitoring of their DBS status in line with HCPC and University guidelines
- Places on the programme will be offered following a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health clearance
- Applicants must have and be able to demonstrate an ability to provide some evidence of meeting the entry point on the PCF.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
The Social Work programme attracts a very limited number of Social Work bursaries, which you may be eligible to apply for at the start of your course. However the number of these bursaries allocated are minimal and you should therefore make appropriate financial arrangements to support your study.
Your interview score will determine whether you are nominated for a Social Work bursary, if one is available. If you are not nominated for a Social Work bursary, you can still apply for a postgraduate student loan.
Please note you will not be able to get a postgraduate student loan if you will be getting a Social Work bursary – unless you only get a Placement Travel Allowance.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.