Social Work, MA

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The new MA Social Work is a two year full-time course starting in January 2014. It has been designed for those who wish to become a qualified social worker and provides the opportunity to both study and work in Children and Families Social Work and Adult Social Work, giving you the freedom to guide your career the way you want to.

The new MA Social Work is a two year full-time course, designed for those who wish to become a qualified social worker. It provides the opportunity to both study and work in Children and Families Social Work and Adult Social Work giving you the freedom to guide your career the way you want to.

We work closely with employers in the statutory and independent secto…

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The new MA Social Work is a two year full-time course starting in January 2014. It has been designed for those who wish to become a qualified social worker and provides the opportunity to both study and work in Children and Families Social Work and Adult Social Work, giving you the freedom to guide your career the way you want to.

The new MA Social Work is a two year full-time course, designed for those who wish to become a qualified social worker. It provides the opportunity to both study and work in Children and Families Social Work and Adult Social Work giving you the freedom to guide your career the way you want to.

We work closely with employers in the statutory and independent sectors to ensure our course content retains a focus on the people entitled to use the services. It also helps to ensure that you are ready for professional practice when you qualify.

Teaching is carried out by staff from a range of professional backgrounds and is underpinned by research, providing you with a great balance between academic and applied educational experiences.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and therefore individuals who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

MA Social Work bursaries

The Department of Health has recently announced new arrangements for the Social Work Bursary Scheme which will affect all students due to begin qualifying courses in England. As a result of these funding changes, there will be a reduced and restricted number of bursaries available for universities and consequently Nottingham Trent University will not be offering Department of Health Social Work bursaries for students starting the course in January 2014.

Nottingham Trent University is however delighted to announce the availability of Nottingham Trent University Social Work half fee bursaries. To be eligible for an NTU MA Social Work bursary you must meet the same residency criteria and other eligibility criteria outlined by the Department of Health. More information about the Department of Health Social Work bursaries can be found on their website.

If you would like further information on how to pursue alternative funding please visit the NTU website.

The MA Social Work is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and is designed to be a broad course providing the opportunity to specialise in Children and Family or Adult Social Work. It is suitable for those wishing to practice under UK legislation.

In addition, you will undertake one work placement per year. During which you will be supported by a Qualified Practice Educator in order to help you get the most from your experience.

What will I study?

Year One

Preparing for Professional Social Work Practice
Students will learn about the social work environment, the expectations of employers, the professional requirements and service user perspectives. There is a focus on 30 days of skills development so a lot of the work will be experiential either in the classroom or in observation and shadowing.

Human Growth and Development - Promoting and protecting individual development within social contexts
This module analyses the principles of child and adult development, following a 'normal' spectrum of development but also considers alternatives as well as people's social, economic and political contexts.

Practice Learning Opportunity One
This module includes the first placement period (70 days) plus recall days to include teaching that enhances professional practice. Before embarking on a placement, students need to ensure their own and other's health and safety; they need to be familiar with and commit to the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

Year Two

Theories, Methods and Models of Social Work Practice - Assessing and intervening in order to achieve best outcomes for service users
The purpose of this module is to develop a critical knowledge of assessment frameworks, principles, models and practice.

Social Work Law and Policy - Practicing ethically within legislated frameworks
This module provides a thorough grounding of the legislation and policies that underpin social work across the spectrum. The critical evaluation of a social welfare policy helps students to build their confidence in preparation for the dissertation.

Practice Learning Opportunity Two
The second placement (100 days) benefits from complementary academic input to develop professional expertise and leadership skills. The placement will be arranged by the University and is likely to be within a setting that is undertaking statutory interventions with service users.

Dissertation - Research skills for effective social work practice
Masters students, whilst on placement will be undertaking a specialist investigation into an area of practice that will help bring new knowledge to the agency or service users. Methodological teaching for this module will allow students to prepare a proposal for either a literature based or research based project.

Delivery and Assessment
The University-based intensive modules are taught through a variety of methods including workshops, seminars, online and action (scenario based) learning. You will also benefit from using a learning advisor system to help and support you throughout the course.

Assessments will take place through both academic (essays) and practical (verbal presentations and report writing) methods, allowing you to practice skills relevant to your future career. It is assessed on the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Workers as laid out by The College of Social Work (TCSW).

With ever increasing pressures of public accountability upon social workers our Social Work degree has recognised the need to ensure that you are prepared for all kinds of scrutiny in the professional environment. In conjunction with Nottingham Law School, which has had authentic court rooms based in the Chaucer building, we are now testing out our students in their court report skills as they are having to present to expert panels in the mock court rooms.

You'll also have easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:

  • the £13 million Boots Library that has a wide range of both print and online resources, as well as 24 / 7 IT facilities, group and individual study spaces
  • the redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings which will provide you with an inspiring place to learn
  • our virtual learning environment (NOW) which allows you to learn online at any time
  • 3,000 student open access PC's and 300 secure wireless access points
  • a new City site Students' Union building will open in 2013 giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and well-being facilities.

The prime location of the City site gives you easy access to a great combination of facilities and activities including:

  • sports facilities
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafes.
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