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Advanced Social Work Practice
Postgraduate course
MA

Advanced Social Work Practice

Overview

These three highly flexible courses will refine your expertise and take your career in social work to the next level.

You will be able to choose modules from across our wide range of postgraduate health and social care courses, allowing you to align your studies with your interests and ambitions. You might want to move into management and take on further responsibilities in the world of social care, supporting and safeguarding adults, young people and children. Alternatively, you might want to specialise by working in the field of substance abuse, for example.

You will learn from an experienced teaching team of qualified practitioners from across the health and social care professions, including social work and adult and mental health nursing. We also invite senior specialist practitioners from local authorities to deliver lectures that provide the latest knowledge and real-world insights from their field.

You can select modules from across our wide range of postgraduate health and social care courses. Modules are delivered in six full-day workshops across the year, meaning your course can fit around your job.

You'll take part in interactive workshops and discussion groups, deliver group projects and even experience simulated practice sessions, to develop your own unique perspectives on current approaches to social care.

Learning alongside students from a variety of health and social care roles provides an opportunity to learn best practice, share experiences, and challenge people's actions and perceptions. This could include colleagues who are in nursing and mental health roles, giving you a broader, more critical view on the topics you are both working with and studying.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree, hold an appropriate social work qualification (such as a degree in social work, a DIPSW, CQSW; CSS) and be able to demonstrate an understanding of Social Work Practice. Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award. Non-Social workers applying for the Practice of Best Interests Assessment module must hold one of the following qualifications and have at least two years post registration experience in that profession: * An Approved mental health professional * A first level nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, * An occupational therapist registered in Part 6 of the register maintained under article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001 * A chartered psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society's Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practising certificate issued by that Society All applications should be supported a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link, please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

James Knapp

Careers

James Knapp
Recovery Worker CRI in Harrogate

BA (Hons) Social Work

“From values and ethics to more practical things like assessing and care planning, my degree prepared me for any field of social care. I was able to hit the ground running and make confident decisions that help improve people's lives.

Modules & learning

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Develop critical reflection skills and knowledge in order to enhance your professional capability and promote ethical practice and effective partnerships.

Research in Practice (Dissertation)

Explore concepts of vulnerability and citizenship in adult health and social care and the practitioner's role in applying legal and policy frameworks to safeguard adults.

Gain an advanced understanding of the knowledge, skills and values that underpin effective safeguarding practice with children, young people and their families.

Critically analyse and evaluate your practice as educators for social work workplace settings. Analyse and examine experiences and evaluate and transform practice from learning accordingly.

Study leadership and management from both theoretical and practice perspectives, and critically evaluate theories, models and styles of leadership and management.

Explore different types of information about health and social care and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

Understand the prevalence of substance use within contemporary society and its associated policy context. Focus on the assessment, intervention and management of complex substance users.

Critically appraise approaches of mental health and illness drawing on historical perspectives, and analyse contemporary mental health and related policy within the UK.

Develop autonomy in your professional development in a specific area of practice, negotiating individual aims and learning outcomes which reflect professional or personal learning needs.

Develop a critical understanding of key concepts relating to leadership and management roles, as well as a reflexive understanding of practice leadership and management skills.

Develop your professional knowledge and skills within the new legislative and ethical frameworks in order to carry out this important statutory safeguarding function and role.

Leeds Beckett University
Mark Williams
Senior Lecturer
Mark Williams has worked for our University for six years as a Lecturer Practitioner and now as a Senior Lecturer, providing specialist knowledge on mental health issues. Experienced in staff development and training, his specific interests focus on developing skills in stress management and resilience in the workplace, and the use of supervision in staff development. Mark uses his broader knowledge of health and social care organisations, as well as voluntary sector providers, to inform his approach to teaching and facilitate learning.
Our courses are taught by academics and practitioners who have specialisms across a range of health and social care subject areas, so the course designs reflect the requirements and expectations of UK health and social care professions. Students engaging in our training experience a dynamic academic environment which is borne from more than 25 years' experience in facilitating creative career development pathways.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Interpersonal Skills Suite
    Interpersonal Skills Suite

    We have plenty of private rooms to allow you to try out your counselling skills. They come equipped with recording facilities so you’re able to reflect on and improve your practice.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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