Middlesex University

Course Introduction

Overview

Enhance your professional social work skills and develop your capacities in critical reflection, supervision and professional leadership, so that you can practice at a specialist level and improve outcomes for users of services.

Why study MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice at Middlesex University?

Our academic staff and practitioners bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, and our long-standing and strong ties with local authorities, charities and independent agencies ensure our courses provide the most current policy and practice in social work.

Our social work team is also part of the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership, an initiative funded by the Department for Education to form a social work teaching partnership between local authorities. You will benefit from visiting practising Practice Educators supporting / facilitating teaching sessions.

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills to be able to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work positions such as those within practice management.

Course content:

What will you study on MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice?

Upon completion of this programme you will have knowledge and understanding of advanced application of theories, models and methods of social work interventions and related research in social work practice as well as understanding the lives and experiences of people who need social work services. You will be able to work in accordance with the relevant Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) and the social work regulatory body?s policies and guidance, and have the knowledge required to meet the requirements of PCF for social work at an advanced level.

What will you gain?

You will enhance and deepen your research practice skills and critical thinking so that you can evaluate research and scholarship in the field and apply it sensitively and systematically. You will develop your clinical and professional leadership, and demonstrate mastery of social work skills within your specialist area.

Teaching:

How is the MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice taught?

You will learn through research, reading and critical reflection, workshops, tutorials and class discussions. As part of the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership we have a range of academics delivering teaching as well as service users, carers and social work practitioners.

Assessment:

You will be assessed via a combination of formative and summative written assignments, group work, assessed role plays and reflective writing based on practice experience. There are currently no examination assessments on the programme.

Careers:

How can the MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice support your career?

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills required to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work/ welfare positions such as those within leadership and practice management.

Students can progress into the MA after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a second-class honours degree 2:2 or above or equivalent and/or a social work qualification at undergraduate (level 6) or postgraduate / masters (level 7). Students must have a minimum of two years post qualifying experience. They must currently be employed as a social worker. Students must have a satisfactory DBS check.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have a second-class honours degree 2:2 or above or equivalent and/or a social work qualification at undergraduate (level 6) or postgraduate / masters (level 7). Students must have a minimum of two years post qualifying experience. They must currently be employed as a social worker. Students must have a satisfactory DBS check. Students need to have: an IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components).