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The overall purpose of the programme is to produce professionally competent, reflective and analytical social work practitioners who are able to practise in a variety of settings, with a range of service users, in accordance with National Occupational Standards and expectations identified in the Code of Practice for social care workers. The programme is designed for postgraduates who wish to become registered social work practitioners and provides the flexibility for you to choose a special area of interest in the second year (children and families, adults and community care or mental health). The first year includes learning about social policy and social divisions, law and ethical conduct, the life course, communication skills and the needs of different service user groups. Students also undertake 100 days of practice placements during this year. In the second year students learn about research methods, theories of social work intervention, working across organisational boundaries, and will choose a particular area of interest for in-depth learning. For those students without the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) or equivalent this is completed in this year. There is also a further 100 days of practice placements in this year. You are also expected to complete the European Computer Driving Licence or to demonstrate equivalent competence in IT. Teaching methods are varied and include experiential learning, working in groups, lectures, independent research and problem-based learning. Students also benefit from the current research activities of social work staff and the School's close working relationships with a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. All course units are compulsory in order to meet the requirements of the Department of Health. To achieve the award(s) of PG Diploma or MA in Social Work, students must pass all course unit assessed work (including practice), and in the case of the MA, a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words. Assessments include essays, portfolios (based on practice learning experience) and group presentations. Essays for some course units are based on case studies. There are no unseen examinations for this programme. Applicants must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions System (UCAS) and are encouraged to apply early. Applications made direct to the University will not be considered. A social work bursary for students on postgraduate courses is available to students ordinarily resident in England. For further information and eligibility criteria please visit: http:www.nhsbsa.nhs.ukStudents825.aspx Applicants normally resident in Wales may be entitled to receive a bursary from the Care Council for Wales. For further information and eligibility criteria please visit: http:www.ccwales.org.uk Applicants should apply for a bursary when they accept our offer of a place on the programme. Please note that international applicants and those normally resident in Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland are not eligible to receive a bursary. For further information and application details please visit the course website.

The overall purpose of the programme is to produce professionally competent, reflective and analytical social work practitioners who are able to practise in a variety of settings, with a range of service users, in accordance with National Occupational Standards and expectations identified in the Code of Practice for social care workers. The programme is designed for postgraduates who wish to...

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