Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree. Applicants who do not satisfy the normal entry requirements may be admitted to the programme, provided that they can demonstrate an aptitude for the professional role and demonstrate an understanding of the role of social workers. Applicants are required to have gained GCSE passes at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from summer 2017 onwards) or above in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.

Ideally applicants will have prior social care experience, in either a paid or voluntary capacity, in a relevant setting - community care, youth justice or another setting where caring or teaching is a feature. This will demonstrate an informed decision to embark on a career in social work.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check is required on acceptance of the offer of a place. The cost of the DBS check is covered by applicants. For the latest costs please visit the DBS website. Initial assessment of Fitness/Suitability to Practise, including relevant medical information; and a self-declaration form must be completed by applicants.

Months of entry

September

Course content

  • Complete the training necessary to register as a social worker
  • Two placements matched to your aptitude and experiences
  • Opportunities to learn from service users, carers, and professionals

Social Work at Winchester is a professional qualification covering the main knowledge, skills and values essential for practising as a newly qualified social worker. Successful completion of this programme makes you eligible to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You cover the key knowledge base of social work – social policy, legislation, aspects of psychology and sociology, social work theory, and social work methods and communication. The course provides an introduction to the development of professional identity and the acquisition of professional values. You discuss the complexities and importance of interprofessional working; develop an understanding of the importance of sociological and psychological perspectives across the life course; and gain a critical understanding of different types of interventions underpinned by legislation and social policy. There is a key introductory module which enforces the concept of professional, reflective practice and professional boundaries.

You complete two practice learning placements – 70 days in the first year and 100 days in the second year. Each placement is matched to your needs, aptitude and experiences. On completion of the course, you have a good knowledge of risk and assessment, a clear sense of the opportunities and demands of being a professional social work practitioner, and the skills and knowledge required at a newly qualified level.

Core modules include Introduction to Professional Social Work, The Legal and Professional Knowledge Base of Social Work, Professional Social Work: Methods and Interventions, Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice, Social Work Risk and Assessment, and Social Work Practice in Contemporary Society.

Masterclasses offer the chance to learn alongside external practitioners and there are strong links with partner agencies who provide both practice placements and contribute to the teaching and development of the course. Service Users and Carers contribute to your learning throughout the programme.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries and Applications
Email
course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1962 827234