About the Social Work Postgraduate course
Train to be a qualified social worker and gain a thorough grasp of the knowledge, skills and values that sit at the core of this rewarding career. Recognising the powerful links between personal and political issues, the course will assert the need to challenge inequality and safeguard vulnerable people.
In your first year, you will study the legal frameworks, policies and theories - in particular psychosocial perspectives - that underpin social work. A practice placement will offer you the chance to hone your communication skills as you start to apply your knowledge in the field.
In your second year, you will continue to extend and refine your understanding of the law and social work theories and methods of intervention, and you will undertake a second practice placement and complete a dissertation.
We work in partnership with local placement providers with placement provision determined by local and national priorities.
Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the Health & Care Professions Council.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including social work and social policy.
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MODULES & LEARNING
Critically examine the professional, ethical and legal principles that underpin social work with vulnerable adults and children, people who lack mental capacity and the mentally ill, exploring the relevance of power and the organisational context for ethical decision making.
Explore the use of evidence in social work and how research evidence can be critically applied to support evidence-based practice. You will explore differing forms of research evidence, and critically analyse their utilisation for practice.
Develop your knowledge of key methods, approaches and evidence-based practice within modern social work, analysing the applicability of identified methods of intervention within a range of contexts and across different service user groups.
Undertake a 70 day placement in a local agency providing social care services, testing your own capability to undertake a range of relevant social work roles in predominantly less complex situations with supervision and support.
Undertake a 100 day placement in a local agency providing statutory social work services, teasting your own capability to undertake a range of relevant social work roles in more complex situations.
Fosuc on the social work communication and engagement skills that will enable you to demonstrate your readiness for direct practice with service users and carers.
Explore key policy issues and legislative frameworks in statutory social work with adults, identifying the challenges of empowering and person centred practices with a range of adult social care user groups.
Understand the professional, ethical and legal principles that underpin social work with children, young people and their families.
We've established close partnerships with local agencies that will provide you with rich and varied practice learning opportunities. This allows you to develop your professional skills - including undertaking statutory duties - within a supportive environment and with a highly qualified tutor and practice educator support.
Tracey Race Tracey RaceCourse Director
Before teaching I worked in children's services for organisations including Leeds Social Services, Barnardo's and the NSPCC. As a social work educator, I'm committed to enabling students to develop their knowledge and skills in order to become excellent practitioners, providing quality services to children and families, and be exemplary custodians of the profession.Tracey qualified as a social worker at our University, and has since enjoyed an interesting and varied career as a practitioner and social work manager for nearly 20 years. 1
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- Teacher Training (PGCE & EYTS)
- PG Dip Legal Practice PG Dip Law
- Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR): Advanced Certificate & Advanced Diploma
- MA Social Work
- MA Art Psychotherapy
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