Social Work (Postgraduate Entry) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview This two-year Master’s degree in Social Work will equip you with the skills and experience you need to become a professional social worker and make a real difference in the lives of children and families, mental health patients, people with disabilities or vulnerable adults. The course combines theory and practice, and you’ll be supported by passionate industry experts with many years of social work experience. You’ll learn about the latest legislation, planning and policy, and put it all into practice in professional settings, with real people. You’ll undertake two separate work placements – one in your first year and one in your second year. The NHS bursary for postgraduate social work students can help with the cost of your fees, your living costs, and includes a contribution towards your placement travel expenses. When you successfully complete the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to apply to register as a social worker with the professional regulatory body, Social Work England. What you'll experience

  • Our staff are current and recent social work professionals
  • Take part in skills days – full-day workshops with professional social workers to help prepare you for your placements
  • Practise your skills in our Simulation Centre which features a realistic flat, bedroom and hospital ward where you'll prepare for home visits and care-giving in hospital and care home settings
  • Work closely with our Social Work Inclusion Group – local social services users from a variety of backgrounds that help our students understand the needs of different individuals and communities
  • Develop your critical and analytical skills with a dissertation project on a subject in your own area of interest
  • Undertake two placements in professional practice settings which could be schools, supported living facilites, hospitals or health centres
Careers and opportunities When you graduate from the MSc Social Work degree course, you'll have the knowledge and practical skills to work in any branch of social work. What jobs can you do with a Social Work degree? Career opportunities include:
  • social worker
  • practice teacher
  • care manager
  • persistent offender coordinator
  • family support worker
  • housing adviser
  • homelessness/substance abuse charities
  • PhD study
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice. Approved by: This Master's course is a professional qualification for social work approved by Social Work England. Once you've graduated, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England, which means you can work as a professional Social Worker in statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies.

Modules

Year 1: - Empowerment and Discrimination Skills for Practice - 15 credits Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work - 30 credits MSc Social Work Practice Placement 1 - 30 credits Social Work Theory and Evidence - 15 credits Year 2: - Dissertation - 30 credits MSc Social Work Practice Placement 2 - 30 credits Safeguarding Analysis and Professional Decision Making - 15 credits Transition to Employment - 15 credits All modules on this MSc Social Work course are core.

Assessment method

We're part of a network of Local Authority and NHS social work service providers, local and national third sector and charitable organisations. As such, we’re able to support students in a variety of placement settings. We provide skills days which are Government directed and funded by the NHS. They’re delivered by social workers, managers, senior managers and principal social workers from our network. Skills days are themed around specific topics such as mental health or safeguarding, and are designed to help prepare you for your placement experience. As a MSc Social Work student, you'll undertake two separate professional placements – one in your first year and one in your second year. Most travel costs are covered by placement providers or employment agencies. The NHS bursary for postgraduate social work students includes a contribution towards your placement travel costs. Each placements is: 16 weeks (Year 1), 25 weeks (Year 2) 28 hours per week Placements are assessed by: Oral assessment and presentation Coursework portfolio.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
L508
Institution code:
P80
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options. An upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or a degree in an associated discipline (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology). Applicants with a lower classification (second class) will be considered on an individual basis, considering relevant experience and academic achievement. Applicants must also have relevant work experience, more than 3 months in voluntary or paid employment in a health, education or social care environment. All applicants must have an acceptable GCSE qualification in English at grade C/4 or above. Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Successfully shortlisted applicants will be invited to a staged, holistic and multidimensional selection day which has been designed in accordance with Social Work England's standards. The assessment day will commence with all shortlisted applicants completing a written task, which is assessed as a pass or fail. In accordance with Social Work England standards, the written element will assess applicants’ command of English, ability to analyse and present written information, motivation to become a social worker, knowledge of the social work profession and relevant policies and legislation and ICT skills. Applicants who pass the written assessment will be invited to attend an individual interview on the same day. International applicants must provide a satisfactory police check/certificate of good conduct from their home country (with a certified English translation if necessary), before admission to the programme can be confirmed. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

All offers are subject to Occupational Health clearance.

Interview

Successfully shortlisted applicants will be invited to a staged, holistic and multidimensional selection day which has been designed in accordance with Social Work England's standards. The assessment day will commence with all shortlisted applicants completing a written task, which is assessed as a pass or fail. In accordance with Social Work England standards, the written element will assess applicants’ command of English, ability to analyse and present written information, motivation to become a social worker, knowledge of the social work profession and relevant policies and legislation and ICT skills. Applicants who pass the written assessment will be invited to attend an individual interview on the same day. If successful, applicants will be required to declare if they have been subject to any disciplinary procedures of fitness to practice by any other regulator, professional body, employer or educational establishment.

Other

International applicants must provide a satisfactory police check/certificate of good conduct from their home country (with a certified English translation if necessary), before admission to the programme can be confirmed.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
PTE Academic68An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.
Cambridge English AdvancedAn overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.
Cambridge English ProficiencyAn overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12000 Year 1
England £12000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £12000 Year 1
Scotland £12000 Year 1
Wales £12000 Year 1
Channel Islands £12000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £12000 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to port.ac.uk/ug-tuition-fees
Social Work (Postgraduate Entry) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS