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Social Work MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • UCAS Code(s): L501
  • Start Date(s): January 2023
  • Duration: Two years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

If you have a degree and experience in the Health and Social Care field and you wish to become a qualified social worker then this is the course for you. The course, which starts in January 2021, will provide you with an opportunity to both study and work in Children and Families Social Work and Adult Social Work giving you the freedom to guide your career the way you want to.

The Social Work Masters degree is a two-year full-time course which is approved by Social Work England (SWE). Therefore if you successfully complete it, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England.

We work closely with employers in the statutory and independent sectors to ensure our course content retains a focus on the people entitled to use the services. It also helps to ensure that you are ready for professional practice when you qualify.

What you’ll study

The MA Social Work is approved by Social Work England (SWE) and is designed to be a broad course providing you with the opportunity to specialise in Children and Family or Adult Social Work. It is suitable if you wish to practice under UK legislation.

During the course you will undertake one work placement per year, in which you will be supported by a qualified practice educator in order to help you get the most from your experience.

While there is no academic credit attached to the practice learning opportunities – you must pass the assessed written work for each at masters level and this will be graded by the academic team.

You'll also study a range of taught modules.

Preparing for Professional Social Work Practice
You'll learn about the social work environment, the expectations of employers, the professional requirements and service user perspectives. There is a focus on 30 days of skills development so a lot of the work will be experiential either in the classroom or in observation and shadowing.

Human Growth and Development - Promoting and protecting individual development within social contexts
This module analyses the principles of child and adult development, following a 'normal' spectrum of development but also considers alternatives as well as people's social, economic and political contexts.

Practice Learning Opportunity One
This module includes the first placement period (80 days)  plus recall days to include teaching that enhances professional practice. Before embarking on a placement, you need to ensure your own and other’s health and safety; you need to be familiar with and commit to the SWE Professional Standards.

While on placement, theory provides grounding for the work that is carried out. Being able to apply theory and adapt to changing situations is crucial to being able to provide a service. The University provides the placements in partnership with local authorities and independent sector agencies.

Support on the placement and assessment of knowledge and skills is provided by a qualified practice educator in conjunction with a tutor.

Theories, Methods and Models of Social Work Practice - Assessing and intervening in order to achieve best outcomes for service users
The purpose of this module is to develop a critical knowledge of assessment frameworks, principles, models and practice.

Social Work Law and Policy - Practicing ethically within legislated frameworks
This module provides a thorough grounding of the legislation and policies that underpin social work across the spectrum. The critical evaluation of a social welfare policy helps you to build your confidence in preparation for the dissertation.

Practice Learning Opportunity Two
This second placement is longer (90 days) with complementary academic input to develop professional expertise and leadership skills. The placement will be arranged by the University and is likely to be within a setting that is undertaking statutory interventions with service users. Examples of settings are child protection and mental health teams.

After an induction period you're expected to work as part of a team providing services to individuals, groups and communities. You'll need to be confident in your abilities and act in accordance with the procedures of the organisation. You will be supervised and guided by your practice educator and colleagues and supported by your tutor.

Three days teaching will occur during the placement recall days to develop leadership and management skills at a masters level.

Dissertation - Research skills for effective social work practice
While on placement, you'll be undertaking a specialist investigation into an area of practice that will help bring new knowledge to the agency or service users. Methodological teaching for this module will allow you to prepare a proposal for either a literature-based or research-based project.

How you’re taught

The University-based intensive modules are taught through a variety of methods including workshops, seminars, online and action (scenario-based) learning. You'll also benefit from a personal tutor to help and support you throughout the course.

Teaching is carried out by staff from a range of professional backgrounds and is underpinned by research, providing you with a great balance between academic and applied educational experiences.

Assessments will take place through both academic (essays) and practical (verbal presentations and report writing) methods, allowing you to practice skills relevant to your future career. It is assessed on the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Workers.

Staff Profiles

Emma Reith Hall

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Emma Reith Hall

Careers and employability

When you graduate you may be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England and you will need to abide by a code of ethics and behaviour in relation to the profession.

On completion of the course you may choose to enter the profession by working in services for children or adults. Opportunities may also exist in social services departments, the private and independent sector, educational welfare, services such as guidance providing agencies, careers services and youth justice.

Campus and facilities

With ever increasing pressures of public accountability upon social workers our Social Work degree has recognised the need to ensure that you are prepared for all kinds of scrutiny in the professional environment. In conjunction with Nottingham Law School, which has authentic court rooms based in the Chaucer building, we are now testing out our students in their court report skills as they are having to present to expert panels in the mock court rooms.

As a Social Sciences student you will also have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
  • Study areas and social spaces;
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

Entry requirements

Applications to start this course in January 2022 are now open.

You will need:

  • an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) or other recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate in their Personal Statement how their experiences (e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience - either paid or unpaid) and knowledge and skills will enable them to study this course at masters level.
  • Approximately 100 days (or equivalent) of social care related experience. You may be working towards the 100 days of experience at the time of application but the experience must be completed before the start of the course and this must be stated in your personal statement to provide one reference. This reference should show evidence of relevant social care related experience.
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C or above.

If you are working towards your GCSE English Language and / or Maths or equivalent qualification please ensure you mention this on your application form.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, all applicants must:

  • take part in a face-to-face interview with a lecturer and practitioner or service user and complete a written test and role-play scenario
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of a social worker and current social work issues
  • be familiar with the Professional Capability Framework entry level requirements
  • demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively, through spoken English
  • demonstrate in your application your motivation to do the course
  • outline the length of time spent gaining relevant social care experience and the type of social care experience you have in your application - either paid or voluntary which specifically demonstrates your suitability to practise Social Work
  • provide a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) (which includes proof of identity)
  • provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • provide a satisfactory character conduct declaration
  • confirm the ability to use a range of IT facilities including email, internet and word processing.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Interview dates

Interview dates for 2022 entry are TBC.

Interview dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed to successful applicants when they are invited to interview.

Important information

The MA Social Work at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

Applications to start this course in January 2022 are now open.

Please note: This course does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration requirements for Student Route sponsorship and therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require a Student Route visa under the Points Based Immigration System. Applicants to this course must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the course.

For this course, you will need one of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) or other recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate in their Personal Statement how their experiences (e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience - either paid or unpaid) and knowledge and skills will enable them to study this course at masters level.
  • Approximately 100 days (or equivalent) of social care related experience. You may be working towards the 100 days of experience at the time of application but the experience must be completed before the start of the course and this must be stated in your personal statement to provide one reference. This reference should show evidence of relevant social care related experience.
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C or above.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

If you are working towards your GCSE English Language and / or Maths or equivalent qualification please ensure you mention this on your application form.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, all applicants must:

  • take part in a face-to-face interview with a lecturer and practitioner or service user and complete a written test and role-play scenario
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of a social worker and current social work issues
  • be familiar with the Professional Capability Framework entry level requirements
  • demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively, through spoken English
  • demonstrate in your application your motivation to do the course
  • outline the length of time spent gaining relevant social care experience and the type of social care experience you have in your application - either paid or voluntary which specifically demonstrates your suitability to practise Social Work
  • provide a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) (which includes proof of identity)
  • provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • provide a satisfactory character conduct declaration
  • confirm the ability to use a range of IT facilities including email, internet and word processing.

Please:

  • Ensure your VISA allows you to work whilst completing your course. You can email our International Team for further advice and support on this.
  • Attend a face-to-face Assessment Day as part of your application. No alternative will be given.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Interview dates

Interview dates for 2022 entry are TBC.

Interview dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed to successful applicants when they are invited to interview.

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Important information

The MA Social Work at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

Fees and funding

Study route Home (UK students)
Full-time £7,700 (for Year One*)

Fees are for 2022 entry.

*Please note if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Alumni Discount

If you're currently studying at NTU or have recently graduated, you may be eligible for 20% off postgraduate course fees as part of our Alumni Discount.

Social Work bursaries

The Department of Health has announced new arrangements for the Social Work Bursary Scheme which will affect all students due to begin qualifying courses in England. As a result of these funding changes, there will be a reduced and restricted number of bursaries available for universities. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services Authority website.

Nottingham Trent University is awaiting confirmation as to the allocation of Department of Health bursaries for the MA Social Work that starts in January 2022. We anticipate that this information will be available in early 2022. Any social work bursaries awarded to NTU will be allocated depending on the applicant's performance in the written test and interviews during the admissions process. An application deadline will be provided when the allocation of Department of Health bursaries has been announced.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Study routeInternational / EU students
Full-time £15,850 (for Year One*)

Fees are for 2022 entry.

*Please note if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Alumni Discount

If you're currently studying at NTU or have recently graduated, you may be eligible for 20% off postgraduate course fees as part of our Alumni Discount.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Applications to start this course in January 2022 are now open.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page to complete your application. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Remember - this course starts in January 2022.

Writing your application
Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you read the entry criteria for the course and include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date
After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder. You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Good luck with your application!

Open days
The School of Social Sciences holds open events throughout the year. Come along and learn more about our courses, speak to programme leaders and find out about studying with the School. To find out more about these events visit the School of Social Sciences website.

Important information

The MA Social Work at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Applications to start this course in January 2022 are now open.

Please note: This course does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration requirements for Tier 4 sponsorship and therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require a Tier 4 visa under the Points Based Immigration System. Applicants to this course must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the course.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Remember - this course starts in January 2022.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

The University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Important information

The MA Social Work at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.