MA

Social Work

Adult and child hands
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: January 2019
  • Course duration: Two years full-time

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 2019, 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 the Health and Care Professions Council. Therefore if you successfully complete it, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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 the Health and Care Professions Council 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.

  • Year One

    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 HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

    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.

  • Year Two

    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.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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.

How you’re taught

Study and support

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.

Assessment methods

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.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

You'll undertake one placement per academic year and will be supported by a qualified practice educator in order to get the most from the experience.

Careers and employability

100% of our MA Social Work graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

When you graduate you may be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and you'll 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.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Entry requirements

Applications to start this course in January 2019 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.

Interview dates

  • Friday 9 March 2018
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • Tuesday 19 June 2018
  • Monday 13 August 2018
  • Tuesday 21 August 2018

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 2019 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.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

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.

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.

Interview dates

  • Friday 9 March 2018
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • Tuesday 19 June 2018
  • Monday 13 August 2018
  • Tuesday 21 August 2018

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.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Applications to start this course in January 2019 are now open.

All applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you apply.

Remember - this course starts in January 2019.

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.

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 include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

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.

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.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or email applications@ntu.uk.

Good luck with your application!

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

Applications to start this course in January 2019 are now open.

All applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you apply.

Remember - this course starts in January 2019.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.Please allow additional processing time for international applications from countries that require a visa.

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 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.

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.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or email applications@ntu.uk.

Good luck with your application!

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

Fees and funding

Fees for January 2019 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time£6,900 (for Year One)*£13,250 (for Year One)*

Fees may be subject to change.

*Please note that the above fee 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.

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

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.

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 2019. We anticipate that this information will be available in  2018. 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

Fees for January 2019 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time£6,900 (for Year One)*£13,250 (for Year One)*

Fees may be subject to change.

*Please note that the above fee is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Getting in touch

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

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460