Postgraduate MSc

Applied Social Work Practice

School of Health and Society

Attendance

Part-time

Course

Three year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

This structured programme of study will enable you, a qualified social worker, to maintain your continuing professional development (CPD) for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Social Workers are required to intervene in the lives of vulnerable people and people in crisis making decisions which impact directly on individuals, families and society. The emphasis in this course is on the application of skills (practical, critical and intellectual), knowledge and research to social work practice, with the aim of improving opportunity and outcomes for service users and communities.

Modules are offered which are relevant at whatever stage of career you are at – from modules to support you at the outset of your social work career to modules which develop supervision and management skills. All modules have been developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders.

You may enter the course as a sponsored student from your employer or maybe self-funding.

You will:
  • Have flexible access to modules which equip you will the critical skills needed for contemporary practice to improve the lives of service users
  • Enhance your career, professional credibility and employability with the scope to take one module or progress to the awards of PgCert, PgDip or MSc
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You want to maintain your CPD for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

2.

You are a compassionate and empathetic character

3.

You are hard working and dedicated to developing your knowledge

Course details

All about the course

Social Workers are required to intervene in the lives of vulnerable people and people in crisis making decisions which impact directly on individuals, families and society. The emphasis in this course is on the application of skills (practical, critical and intellectual), knowledge and research to social work practice, with the aim of improving opportunity and outcomes for service users and communities.

Modules are offered which are relevant at whatever stage of career you are at – from modules to support you at the outset of your social work career to modules which develop supervision and management skills. All modules have been developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders.

This course runs on a part-time basis, starting in September, January or April:

MSc: Three years part-time

PgDip: Two years part-time,

PgCert: One year part-time

You can also elect to study one or more of the 30 credit modules as individual CPD courses

Start dates: September, January or April

Each module aims to build upon your experience within a practice setting and facilitate engagement to build upon a ‘critical skills set’. This includes developing the comprehensive knowledge and high-level skills required to work autonomously with service users. This will include being able to evaluate current research within the field of practice, and its application to complex practice situations when involved with multi-agencies, other professionals and safeguarding issues. The emphasis is on the application of knowledge and skills with the aim of improving opportunities and outcomes for service users, families and communities.

Click here to view the digital pack for this course to view modules in detail.

Modules

Professional Practice (ASYE)

A long, thin module over 2 semesters

To ensure that you have consistently demonstrated practice in a range of tasks and roles commensurate with the PCF level at end of the first year in practice following qualification.

Consolidation of Professional Practice

Intakes September and February

To ensure that you can meet the requirements of the qualified and professionally registered social worker, equipping social workers to work with complexity and make confident decisions in practice to improve the lives of service users.

Applied Critical Reflection

To consolidate knowledge, theory and skills from practice in the assessment and management of risk. To further develop knowledge of the application in practice of a range of theories and models which inform your decision-making and influence methods in social work.

Risk Assessment and Analysis in Childcare

To consolidate knowledge, theory and skills from practice in the assessment and management of risk. To further develop knowledge of the application in practice of a range of theories and models which inform your decision-making and influence methods in social work.

Risk Assessment and Analysis in Adultcare

To consolidate knowledge, theory and skills from practice in the assessment and management of risk. To further develop your knowledge of the application in practice of a range of theories and models which inform decision-making and influence methods in social work.

Working with Children and Young People

The module provides you with the opportunity to critically appraise, demonstrate and apply to practice a range of strategies, theories and approaches to direct work with a child/young person which will enable entry into the child’s/ young person’s world and perception and facilitate better outcomes for them.

Personalisation in Practice

To provide social workers with underpinning legal, social, economic and political contexts of personalisation and a critical analysis of the impact of personalisation on different service user groups.

Professional Leadership: Becoming a Supervisor

This module will take participants who are already or about to become supervisors. It will critically explore the theory and practice of social work supervision and help the participant to develop their supervisory style and skills.

Leading Education in Practice

Provides you with opportunities to critically examine the theory and research base of leading practice education and at different levels of practice and expose students to professional and inter-professional learning and teaching opportunities relevant to practice settings with support and supervision from an experienced educator.

The 'Me' in Leadership

Enables you to develop personally and professionally in the knowledge of self and the significance of 'me' as a leader to see them through the demands of your job. Recognise the importance of the complex relationship between you as individuals, your team and your health and social care organisation.

Project Management and Methods of Inquiry

Enable you to critically apply knowledge of project management through experiential learning within their organisation. Apply appropriate methods of inquiry to bring about patient/client/service user or service improvement within your organisation.

If you want to go on to study for the MSc you will need to take the Research Methods module before your Dissertation.

Research Methods

To enable you to develop a rigorous approach to the process of research and its impact and prepare students to complete a dissertation/ research project or systematic literature review. 

Please note, if you want to go on to study for the MSc you will need to take the Research Methods module before your Dissertation.

Dissertation

To enhance your ability to utilise a systematic process of inquiry and apply critical thinking and problem solving, in order to investigate an aspect of professional, educational, clinical or organisational practice. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

This course has an integrated approach to teaching and learning, focusing on lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as independent learning methods.

Teaching is usually over five weeks, one day per week.

You will be encouraged to critically analyse and reflect upon your own practical experiences.

ASSESSMENT 

ASSESSMENT BY MODULE

  • Professional practice (ASYE)
    Reflective assignment (50%) - 3,500 words and Professional discussion (50%) - 20 mins
  • Consolidation of Professional Practice
    Case Analysis (70%) - 3,500 words and PCF analysis (30%) - 1,500 words
  • Applied Critical Reflection Assignment
    Reflexive account(100%) - 5000 words
  • Working with Children and Young People
    Critical Evaluation Report (100%) - 5,000 words
  • Personalisation in Practice
    Case commentary (20%) - 1,500 words and Assignment (80%) - 3,500 words
  • Risk assessment and analysis in child care
    Case Analysis (100%) - 5,000 words
  • Risk Assessment and Analysis in Adult social care
    Case Analysis (100%) - 5000 words
  • Project Management and Methods of Inquiry for Health and Social Care Practice
    Evidence-based business plan (30%) - 2000 words and Oral presentation (70%): Justify and defend the business case via the voice - 20 mins
  • Research Methods
    Research proposal (100%) - 5000 words
  • Developmental Supervision
    Critical Analysis of recorded (1hr max) supervision session (100%) - 4,500 words
  • The ‘Me ‘in leadership for health and social care practice
    Patch Work Text equivalent to an assignment of 5,000 words (100%)
  • Leading Education in Practice
    Poster presentation to peers (100%) - 30 minute (+ 10 minutes for discussion)
  • Dissertation
    Dissertation (100%) - 15,000 words - either systematised literature review or practically orientated project

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

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What about after uni?

  • Completing CPD is now an essential part of maintaining your professional registration.
  • By undertaking CPD modules and courses, students demonstrate to employers a commitment to the profession.
  • Undertaking modules lead to better career prospects and promotion.
  • Modules are aligned to the College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework ASYE, Social Worker, Experienced Social Worker, and Advanced social worker levels.
  • Successful completion of the course demonstrates your capability to become a strategic level social worker.
  • The course supports The College of Social Work developmental pathways of Professional Social Work Educator, Advanced Social Work Practitioner and Social Work Manager.

You may also choose to pursue further study and research on our Professional Doctorate (Health and Social Care/Advanced Practitioner/Social Work)

Career Links

Social work at the University of Salford has links with a wide variety of agencies in the Greater Manchester area. We work with local authorities, not-for-profit agencies and the voluntary sector. We work with over 300 agencies and are involved in collaborative training with our local authority partners.

This course and the modules have been designed with the involvement of local employers to support workforce development and the needs of stakeholders.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

The course and the modules constitute Continuing Professional Development for qualified social workers. You must, therefore, be undertaking primary social work tasks in your employment (or be eligible to do so in the case of newly qualified students). 

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study at postgraduate level. See ‘applicant profile’ section.

We welcome candidates from professions other than social work and/or people with appropriate experience to undertake stand-alone modules to build or contribute to a CPD portfolio. In this case, you would not, however, register for the PgCert, PgDip or the MSc in Applied Social Work Practice.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English you must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5,5 or above or complaint with UKBA guidance) from the Cambridge / British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) which provides a common international basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses, curriculum, examinations etc. This is broadly comparable to a classification of C1 under the Common European Framework (CEF).

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • A Bachelor’s degree normally with a 2:2 honours or professional qualification (if applicable) from the UK or elsewhere.
  • A Professional Qualification in Social Work (CQSW/DipSW).
  • In addition, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a social worker.
Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Part-time 2019/20 £750 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

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April 2020

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