Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a second upper class honours degree or above in a social science subject
  • GCSE Mathematics and English grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or Key Skills Communication Level 2 and Numeracy Level 2 (or equivalent)
  • a minimum of six months previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people normally within a social care or health context
  • a reference from a current or previous employer/organisation where you've gained the aforementioned experience

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Please note that we are not offering university equivalence tests to students offered a place on this course.

All offers of places are subject to satisfactory health and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and suitable references. All students who are offered a place will also be required to show original documentation confirming their stated qualifications in order to receive an unconditional offer of a place.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to complete an online written test. Successful candidates will then attend an admissions day where they will be required to take part in an observed group activity and complete an individual interview. Service users, partners and practitioners participate in the selection process.

Please ensure that your application highlights how you meet the above criteria. Given the volume of applications per year any form that does not meet the above conditions will unfortunately not be processed.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why study this course?

The course is a professionally accredited programme leading to eligibility to apply to become a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has been designed to provide you with the opportunities to achieve the professional standards and capabilities set out by the HCPC. You'll be joining a social work programme that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice. You won't be limited to any particular area of social work, giving you the opportunity to develop as a reflective and resilient practitioner who could go on to work in a wide range or setting including working with children and families, older people and individuals with mental health problems and learning disabilities.

More about this course

The Social Work MSc course is a professionally accredited programme leading to eligibility to apply to become a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It has been designed to provide you with the opportunities to achieve the professional standards and capabilities as set out by the HCPC. A key aspect is to develop as a reflective and resilient practitioner.

The primary focus is on the development of practice skills, informed by up-to-date research, theories, policies and legislation. The course includes:

  • Knowledge of social work theory, human growth and development mental health and disability, communication and assessment processes, and law
  • Research and theory relevant for practice – in the final year you will be required to undertake a piece of sustained independent study through a dissertation
  • Research and evidence, current policy, practice and theoretical perspectives

The course reflects the required Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) as defined by the HCPC and is also aligned to the Professional Capabilities Framework. At the end of the course, if you have completed and passed all your assessments, you'll have met the SOPs. Experienced staff, service users, partners and practitioners all contribute to learning and teaching. A central feature is inter-professional learning. You'll learn in a dynamic way with considerable interaction.

If you successfully complete all modules but not the dissertation module, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work which also allows for registration with the HCPC.

Our graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and a critical understanding of different theoretical perspectives as applied to social work. You'll be joining a social work programme that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice.

Assessment

You are assessed via a variety of methods including essays; presentations; video and project work; examinations and work based practice assessment. A key aspect is acquisition of the necessary practice skills in a diverse range of practice settings relevant to social work.

You will undertake supervised practice within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 170 days during the course. Your previous learning and experience may exempt you from some modules, but not any part of the 170 days assessed practice.

Modular structure

Core modules include:

  • Assessment Planning and Professional Ethics (core, 10 credits)
  • Communication, Skills and Values in Social Work (core, 10 credits)
  • Critical Aspects of Human Growth and Development (core, 10 credits)

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

After the course

You will have qualifying status to practice social work (subject to the requirements of registration with the HCPC) and be eligible to become a member of the British Association of Social Workers. Further study opportunities are available through a number of post-qualifying and MA/MSc courses (for example, in practice teaching, childcare and management).

As the course prepares you to be a generic social worker you are not limited to any particular field of social work and our students take up posts in a variety of settings and care groups for example: children and families, adult care to include, mental health, working with older people and learning disabilities.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7650
International students
£11400

Full-time students are eligible for a bursary.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4200