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This Masters degree is a professional qualification for social work approved by the General Social Care Council (GSCC). It will provide you with the opportunity (at postgraduate level) to acquire the knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society. It will also enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work ? children and families, mental health, disabilities, vulnerable adults or in the wide range of voluntary and independent organisations providing services to people who are homeless, who misuse substances, who are in the criminal justice system or who have experience of the care system. Course Content: Year one The Social and Policy Framework for Social Work: this bridging unit of study is designed for those students whose previous degree may not be so closely related to the social sciences andor who have less recent or extensive social work experience. This will equip all students to engage with the practical and theoretical challenges raised within the course. Social Work in Context: this unit will be an exploration of contemporary social work through the evaluation of a social work setting. Empowerment, Inclusion and Service Users (One): this unit will, through a combination of personal reflective journals and creative and performance activities, enable you to understand the motivations, experiences and actions of service users within a clear ethical framework that recognises and promotes diversity. Social Work Methods: providing you with a grounding in the ways that social work is practised, this unit will enable you to choose an appropriate intervention from among a range of options. Research Methods: this unit will develop data retrieval skills gained in earlier units and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the range of research methods utilised within the social work research community. It will prepare you to undertake your dissertation in year two. Theorising International Welfare: enabling you to look at social work and social policy developments internationally, this unit will help you to critically evaluate contemporary social work practice. Practice Placement (Year One): all students on courses leading to the GSCC qualification are required to undertake assessed practice in relevant placements and meet the National Occupational Standards for Social Work. You will spend 70 days in the first-year placement. Every student is assigned a Practice TeacherAssessor who directs, supports and evaluates their practice development and achievement. Year two Policy Analysis: this unit reflects the expectation that students at Masters level should exhibit higher critical and analytical skills. It provides a framework for the evaluation of policy development and implementation and builds on the Social Work in Context unit. Empowerment, Inclusion and Service Users (Two): having maintained an ongoing reflective journal, you will now be able to develop the analysis within it, so that the values and ethical issues explored earlier can now be assessed within the context of inter-professional, international and inclusion strategies. Practice Placement (Year Two): you will undertake a second practice placement of 130 days, during which you will be expected to undertake five practice analyses and have your practice observed on five occasions. You will have the option of undertaking up to 60 placement days overseas in a social work teaching institution with which we have links. Dissertation: you will write a 10,000-word dissertation, which will be submitted as part of the assessment for this unit. You will also be expected to defend your dissertation before a panel consisting of academic staff, practitioners and service userscarers. Career Progression: The MSc Social Work qualifies you to register (with the GSCC) and work as a professional social worker in a wide variety of statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. Our social work gra

This Masters degree is a professional qualification for social work approved by the General Social Care Council (GSCC). It will provide you with the opportunity (at postgraduate level) to acquire the knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society. It will also enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work ? children and...

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