Taught course

Social Work

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Health Sciences and Social Work
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject or a degree in an associated discipline. Applicants with a lower classification (2:2) 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 shortlisted applications are subject to an interview process with a written exercise. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why take this course?

The aim of this course is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Be taught by experts at the forefront of research and who are fully informed on developments within the social work field
  • Experience broad ranging teaching methods including simulation and workshops in preparation for, and during, two respective work placements
  • Work alongside service users and carers using creative and contemporary techniques in social work practice
  • Put your learning into action during your practice placements

What opportunities might it lead to?

This Master's course is a professional qualification for social work approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will provide you with the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Social work practice
  • Community healthcare practice
  • Practice teaching
  • Voluntary organisations

Module Details

This Master's degree is a professional qualification for social work approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will give you the chance to acquire the knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society. It will also enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work – children and families, mental health, disabilities, vulnerable adults, or within a wide range of voluntary and independent organisations providing services to people who are homeless, who misuse substances, who are in the criminal justice system or who have experience of the care system. You will study the following units:

Year One

  • Social Work Theory and Context
  • Evidence-based Practice and other approaches to research
  • Empowering service users and promoting inclusion
  • Practice Placement 1
  • Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (1)

Year Two

  • Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (2)
  • Project - Writing for a publication
  • Practice Placement 2
  • Critical Practice across Service User Groups

Programme Assessment

You will be allocated a personal tutor, who will support, advise and assist you throughout the course. We use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, group work and other classroom strategies, group and creative work with service users and carers, and simulation work and skills workshops. To see examples of how we work closely with service users, visit www.swig.uk.net.

Assessment is primarily based on written, oral or portfolio evidence and is measured against HCPC Standards of Proficiency and the Professional Capability Framework developed by the College of Social Work. There are no formal written examinations.

Student Destinations

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), enabling you to work as a professional social worker in a wide variety of statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. This course will enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work – children and families, mental health, disabilities, vulnerable adults or in the wide range of voluntary and independent organisations providing services to people who are homeless, misuse substances, are in the criminal justice system or who have experience of the care system.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Social worker
  • Care manager
  • Persistent offender coordinator
  • Family support worker
  • Housing adviser

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566