To join this MA you should have a degree equivalent to UK first class or upper second class honours (2:1 or above)
in a relevant subject, such as social sciences, psychology, criminology, or health and social care. GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) are also required.
You must have relevant paid or voluntary work experience and be able to relate this to the skills and values of social work. An interview, written exercise and group-based task form part of the selection process.
If you accept an offer from Edge Hill University, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire. In exceptional circumstances you may need to have a medical examination in order to establish your medical fitness to enter the social work profession. Medical fitness to practice is a mandatory requirement for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Upon accepting an offer of a place, you will also be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure
indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of 'Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults'. The standard cost of applying for DBS Enhanced Disclosure for this course is currently £50.
Months of entry
Effective social work demands a strong bond and understanding between professionals of different disciplines so that users of social work services receive the best possible care. This Masters degree combines perspectives from social care, health, education and other relevant disciplines to ensure you can work effectively in the multi-disciplinary environment of today's social work.
The programme emphasises effective practice and the practical relevance of theory in practice learning placements. You will have the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of a range of academics, practitioners, employers, policy makers, service users and carers who have backgrounds in social care, social work, health education and other cognate disciplines.
If you are a graduate from a relevant discipline, who is able to recognise the perspective of service users, their families and carers, and who can demonstrate a clear commitment to becoming a social worker, then this Masters degree is for you. Upon successful completion of the course, you will gain eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified social worker.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for students joining this MA are: £5,940 for Year 1 and £6,120 for Year 2 for UK and EU students and £12,750 for Year 1 and £13,000 for Year 2 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19; £6,120 for Year 1 for UK and EU students and £13,000 for Year 1 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20. Tuition fees for Year 2, studied in academic year 2020/21, are to be announced;
The programme is assessed through a combination of essays, presentations, text analysis, group work, portfolios, carers' assessments, video/audio diaries, role plays and examinations. Practice learning will also be assessed, using a range of techniques.