Taught course

Social Work

Institution
Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

We are seeking to recruit people who demonstrate: a social conscience coupled with a lively and critical mind concern about issues such as child and elder abuse, social exclusion, crime, poverty, physical and mental health and the desire to do something about them a desire to enter a profession that works to support problem-solving in human relationships and promotes social change an ability to reflect on their personal life experiences and how this has led them to social work as an area of study and possible career We welcome applications from people who are considering a career in social work or other allied professional areas. You should have: an Honours degree (minimum 2:2) in social sciences or a related subject area a minimum of 500 hours prior experience either paid or voluntary in the social welfare field English and Mathematics key skills/GCSE Grade C or equivalent We will also consider the following Level 2 qualifications in place of English Language and Mathematics GCSE grade C or above: Key Skills, City and Guilds, OCR (via Learn Direct) and ALAN. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel. If shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview which will assess comprehension and communication skills, commitment to personal and professional values and the potential to develop professional knowledge and skills. As with professionally qualified social workers, trainee social workers must be physically and mentally fit. You will be asked for information about this and you may be asked for permission to approach your doctor. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Any criminal convictions, police cautions and disciplinary matters, including those that are spent must be declared. A DBS check will be made when you join the course. A criminal conviction or a period of ill-health will not automatically debar you from the course as decisions are made on an individual basis. If there is anything about this that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us. UCAS course codes UCAS code name: LJM Institution code: L51 Course Code: L508 This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Qualify as a social worker on this Masters Social Work course offered by Liverpool John Moores University and recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council. The course trains you to cater for all service users in many settings.

  • Masters degree available to study full time (two years)
  • Study for the qualifying award for social work, recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Develop the necessary knowledge and skills to practice as a qualified social worker in a range of settings
  • Learn from experienced social work practitioners
  • Benefit from two key work placements
  • Enjoy a wide range of teaching and assessment techniques
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers
Collectively the knowledge and work-experience secured through the course will enable you to use the regulatory guidance and standards set out by the Health and Care Professions Council.

The course is designed to balance academic learning and the development of social work skills. There is a strong emphasis on integrating practice and theory, with the purpose of producing theoretically informed and highly competent practitioners. The curriculum is mapped against the QAA benchmark for Social Work 2008, the Standards of Proficiency (HCPC) 2012 and the Professional Capabilities Framework Guidance on Conduct and Ethics.

This is a full time course. In year one, there will be up to four days on-site study per week and in year two, this will be reduced to three days. Year one has a 70 day full time placement and year two has a 100 day full time placement with additional time to complete your dissertation. Independent learning hours vary from module to module.

On joining the programme, you will be appointed a personal tutor to oversee your progression and provide you with a reference when your studies are complete.
Formal Teaching takes place predominantly in Tithebarn Street in the city centre. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on site catering facilities.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Currently postgraduate social work students whose LEA is in England, Wales or Scotland receive an annual Bursary and may have their fees paid by the NHS Business Services Authority. Details of Bursaries will be provided once students have accepted a place on the programme.

Help with your living costs

You can receive a range of financial support to help meet living costs while completing your studies at LJMU on the MA Social Work course through the NHSBSA.

  • Basic Grant: All eligible students can receive a non means-tested Basic Grant of up to £3362.50
  • Means-tested Maintenance Grant: You will also be eligible to apply for a further means-tested Maintenance Grant of up to £2608


How to apply for your NHS funding

Once you have applied to study at LJMU, you can apply for your NHS funding via their online application system.

This application will check you meet the residency criteria and whether you are entitled to receive the non means-tested Basic Grant as well as the means-tested Maintenance Grant.

As part of the application process you will need to provide details of your household income. Once you have completed this application, you can apply for any additional allowances you may qualify for, e.g. the childcare grant and Parents Learning Allowance.

Please note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.

Graduate employment Social work is an exciting, intellectually stimulating and emotionally challenging career, enabling you to make a positive difference in the community.

This course enables individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to work as fully qualified social workers, in a range of settings, catering for all service users.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment35
Professional practice50
Dissertation15

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)151 231 5090