Taught course

Social Work

Institution
London South Bank University · Primary and Social Care
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor degree equivalent normally to a UK Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1) or above in any subject
  • GCSE passes in English and Maths (at grade C or above) or a recognised equivalent
  • You should be at least 21 years of age on application and will be required to present evidence of social work knowledge and social care as well as work experience in some aspect of social work/social care full-time over six months, or the equivalent part-time (e.g. 15 hours per week over one year in voluntary work). At least some of this experience needs to be in the UK.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Working in this sector is very rewarding. Social workers help some of the most vulnerable people in society. The role provides support and assistance to a host of individuals, families and groups, from the homeless to people with learning and physical disabilities. Social workers often spend their time with people – be it at hospitals, care homes or at people's homes, assessing their circumstances and building relationships.
This is both an academic and a professional qualification with all successful graduates are eligible for registration as professional social workers with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The aim of the programme is to develop practitioners who can meet the needs of the service users, carers and communities in the context of a complex and changing welfare environment. Founded on holistic, service user-centred model of care, the course produces creative, innovative and reflective social work professionals committed to working in partnership to promote well-being and make a real difference.
On MA Social Work practice-based learning complements university-based lectures, seminars and workshops, drawing on established, contemporary and innovative approaches to work with a diverse range of service users. The course is underpinned by a commitment to inter-professionalism, service-user and carer empowerment and involvement, anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory values and evidence based practice. The course adopts a systematic approach to the development and assessment of your social work skills and includes a specific programme of social work development.
There are five core areas of knowledge and understanding relevant to social work:
  • Social work services and the needs of service users
  • The service delivery context
  • Values and ethics
  • Social work theory
  • The nature of social work practice.

These areas are systematically explored throughout the course in relation to the key roles of social work, which include:
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Support
  • Managing risk
  • Managing your own practice
  • Demonstrating professional competence.

Employment based route

It is also possible to study the MA Social Care on an employment based route (EBR). Candidates need to be sponsored and supported by their employing agency to undertake this. It is taught alongside the existing MA Social Work and the structure is the same, but students have the option of doing the dissertation in a third year and completing their qualification over a three year period.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements for more details.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
36 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries Office
Email
course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 20 7815 6100