Social Work MA

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
2 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
January

Overview Updated 07/12/2018

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.

The MA Social Work academic team continue to ensure that the student experience at the University of Northampton is centred around developing excellent professional practice.

Course

Highlights

  • Practice placement to apply academic learning.
  • Opportunity to gain HCPC registration after graduation.

Additional

Information

Practice Placement

Competent practice is essential for the award and you will undertake 200 days of practice learning (placement and skills for practice) during the course. Practice learning through placement experience is undertaken in blocks of the course and skills for practice:

30 days experiential skills for practice during Year one (in the University)
70 days (in placement) during Year 1
100 days (in placement) during Year two

Course Details

This programme ensures that outcomes for you continue to be of a high standard and will prepare you for your professional practice and employment. As such our MA in Social Work reflects these intentions as well as the changing professional landscape and political direction of Social Policy and Social Work.

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Careers

Career Opportunities

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.

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a postgraduate stall, where you can speak with tutors about the postgraduate courses that interest you, to give you all the information you need about studying at the University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent)
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

  • 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 Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) which is managed by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

Course Content

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.

Facilities &

Special Features

  • prepares you for professional social work practice
  • enables you to develop your practice skills
  • develops your skills and knowledge in working with other professions
  • raises your political awareness and encourages you to be a creative, critical and reflective thinker
  • the Social Work subject team sign up to and hold the International Federation of Social Work definition of social work
  • you will have the opportunity to develop a range of communication skills in the first year through experiential teaching and learning facilitated by Service Users, Social Work Practitioners and Practice Educators.

Alumni 20% Discount

Our Graduate Discount Scheme

If you have previously studied an undergraduate degree with the University of Northampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on Postgraduate course fees.

Visit our Graduate Discount Scheme page to find out more information and eligibility requirements.

Postgraduate Loan

Get funding to study

If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2018/19 either full-time or part-time you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 through Student finance England.

Visit the GOV website for more information on eligibility.

Fees & Funding

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Year 1: £5,000 (100 credits)
Year 2: £4,000 (80 credits)

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Year 1: £3,675 (100 credits)
Year 2: £2,940 (80 credits)

The course is now going to be charged over 2 years.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

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Updated 07/12/2018

  • 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.

    The MA Social Work academic team continue to ensure that the student experience at the University of Northampton is centred around developing excellent professional practice.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Practice placement to apply academic learning.
    • Opportunity to gain HCPC registration after graduation.
  • This programme ensures that outcomes for you continue to be of a high standard and will prepare you for your professional practice and employment. As such our MA in Social Work reflects these intentions as well as the changing professional landscape and political direction of Social Policy and Social Work.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Practice Placement

    Competent practice is essential for the award and you will undertake 200 days of practice learning (placement and skills for practice) during the course. Practice learning through placement experience is undertaken in blocks of the course and skills for practice:

    30 days experiential skills for practice during Year one (in the University)
    70 days (in placement) during Year 1
    100 days (in placement) during Year two

    • Career Opportunities

      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.

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a postgraduate stall, where you can speak with tutors about the postgraduate courses that interest you, to give you all the information you need about studying at the University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • 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 Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) which is managed by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    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.

    • Our Graduate Discount Scheme

      If you have previously studied an undergraduate degree with the University of Northampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on Postgraduate course fees.

      Visit our Graduate Discount Scheme page to find out more information and eligibility requirements.

    • Get funding to study

      If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2018/19 either full-time or part-time you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 through Student finance England.

      Visit the GOV website for more information on eligibility.

  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Year 1: £5,000 (100 credits)
    Year 2: £4,000 (80 credits)

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Year 1: £3,675 (100 credits)
    Year 2: £2,940 (80 credits)

    The course is now going to be charged over 2 years.

    TBC

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

*Course data provided by Unistats

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Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

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