Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£5,100 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MA

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

This course enables you to gain the experience and professional capabilities in order to reach the Health and Care Profession Council’s Standards of Proficiency which will entitle you to apply to register as a Social Worker, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.

Partnerships with people

Social workers form partnerships with people, helping them to assess and interpret the problems they face, and support them in finding solutions. This course will provide you with the skills and theories that will enable you to work as a qualified social worker in a range of settings. A career in social work is very challenging, but equally rewarding, as you get the opportunity to help make a difference to someone's life.

Engaging placements

During this course you'll spend 170 days in work placements where you can apply the theory you learn into practice. You'll have 80 days in practice during stage one, and 90 days during stage two.

We have great links with our partners in the local and surrounding areas, so we can provide you with the effective and practical experience you'll need.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

What you will study

Your first year will give you the opportunity to develop core skills and knowledge in subjects such as Social Work Law and Policy, Critical Perspectives of Social Work and a placement of 80 days.

In your second year you’ll build on the knowledge and skills acquired in year one, and you’ll continue to develop your practical and reflective skills in a 90 day placement. You’ll then engage in a research project which will encourage you to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge to research and practice.

You’ll study modules such as:

  • International Social Welfare
  • Preparation for Practice Learning
  • Social Work Law
  • Practice Learning 1
  • Practice learning 2
  • Youth & Crime
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Independent Study

How you will learn

Our teaching team includes several qualified social workers with many years' experience of working in the sector. Some of the classroom-based activities include lectures, small group work, case discussions and debates. During this course you’ll spend 170 days in work placements where the theory you have learnt can be put into practice. All placements are allocated for you and will give you a broad range of experience.

You'll be taught by an experienced team which includes:

How you'll be assessed

Our teaching team uses a range of interesting assessment techniques to provide you with appropriate challenges and assess your development. These include written assignments, presentations, role play and viva voces..

Entry requirements

You'll need:

*Accreditation of prior learning will not be considered for this course

Interview information

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£5,100 per year

N/A

International

£13,500 for the full programme

N/A

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

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Any postgraduate social work bursaries awarded to the University of Derby (by NHSBSA) will be allocated depending on the applicant’s performance at interview and the written test during the admissions process. Offers to study on the programme that are made to candidates on or before the 30 June each year, will receive priority consideration. Offers made from the 1 July up to the start of the programme will be considered once the programme has started.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

International students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Careers

There's a growing demand for qualified social workers who can work in a variety of fields, and this course prepares you for that. You could work with issues such as child protection, vulnerable adults, mental health, disability, older adults and youth justice. These may exist in a variety of settings such as hospitals, day centres, area offices, residential centres, voluntary sectors and schools.

Once you are a qualified social worker, you'll be expected to continue your professional development so you can keep up-to-date with current trends in the sector and keep your skills updated.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Deborah Bardouille (Programme leader) E: d.bardouille@derby.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1332 594149
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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