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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Social Work (with registration)

Programme code:MA-SOCWK-13UCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:David Saltiel Contact address:d.saltiel@leeds.ac.uk

The programme required full time study over duration of the programme. However it is recorded as part time on Banner because of the University's criteria based on total credit and duration of the programme.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- GCSE Maths and English grade C or above or equivalent

- Graduates, who hold a social care related degree, normally 2:1 or above where social sciences form a significant element of the curriculum. Self-declaration of basic IT skills.

- Applicants must provide certificated evidence of qualifications.

- Evidence of recent study normally within the last five years

- Evidence of significant social care experience, usually a minimum of 500 hours equivalent. This could include experience as a carer

- Two satisfactory references; one of which must be an academic reference, one offering commentary on social care experience / aptitude

- Applicants will be selected on an individual basis by interview

- Applicants who are conditionally offered a place on the course are required to obtain a satisfactory health check through the University's Occupational Health Unit.

- All candidates are subject to Disclosing and Barring Service. Candidates must fill in a self declaration and apply at entry for an enhanced DBS disclosure. Social Work as a protected profession is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that all cautions, convictions, spent or unspent, including motoring offences, covering the applicants entire lifetime must be included on the self declaration Continuation on the course is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Accreditation of Prior Learning
The university has an APEL process that the social work programme follows in the event of claims for prior learning with regards to specific modules.
The social work programme will not APEL practice. However it will be possible to APEL the 'shadowing practice' element of 'Suitability to Practise'.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Healthcare

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School Board of Examiners

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

QAA Subject Benchmarks for Social Work 2008
The Professional Capabilities Framework 2012
The HCPC Standards of Education 2012

Programme specification:

The Philosophy and Distinctiveness of the Programme

There are a number of elements that underpin and lend a distinctive quality to the social work training programme at Leeds:
1. A commitment to anti oppressive values and the HCPC guidance on conduct and ethics for students are viewed as the foundation for safe and purposeful social work practice. Students will be challenged within a supported learner environment to understand oppression at the personal, cultural, organisational and structural levels, through both academic and experiential processes. Thus students' understanding of their own values in relation to their personal history and professional practice will be explored. In line with this the programme will support staff, students, service users and carers who recognise and challenge oppression and discrimination. Students will be expected to critically reflect on themselves and others in relation to the experience of oppression. Students will be expected to develop effective anti-oppressive approaches to the provision of social work in a variety of practice placements and in the academic work on the programme.

2. A commitment to promoting service user and carer involvement in social work and in the design, delivery and assessment of the programme. The Social work team have developed strong links with a number of service users and carers who participate in all aspects of the course. There is a service user and carer group that meets regularly and produces annual reports of their activity.
The group make suggestions for development of the course.

3. A commitment to promoting a learning environment based on a critically reflective partnership between staff and students. Through this students are encouraged to become empowered learners taking responsibility for their own learning and development and encouraged to become critically reflective social work practitioners. This reflects Leeds University's commitment to a staff student partnership in learning: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/aqst/tsg/01-partnership.html.

4. Staff student ratios are favourable to a commitment to excellent pastoral support of students. Students will be supported through an intensive level of personal tutor support that takes them through the programme helping them to negotiate both academic work and practice placement. This will provide an environment within which students can grow and develop and where potential shortfalls in learning, both before, and during the course, can be identified and appropriately supported. By the same token as Masters students there is a high expectation of self-directed learning.

5. Excellent placement opportunities across a wide range of providers. Leeds has strong partnerships with organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors across West Yorkshire and extending into South Yorkshire. The Practice Assessment Panel as the module team supporting the practice modules brings together practitioners, tutors and service users and carers in the delivery and quality assurance of practice within the programme. The practice educators who provide reports on student competence to the PAP are as integral to the programme as the university tutors.

6. A commitment to excellence in academic standards and research mindedness. On the social work training programme, theory and practice are reflectively integrated, so that one informs and develops the other and this is progressively developed through the course. Practice and theory have equal value on the programme. Students will be equipped with a rigorous knowledge base informed by best practice and be able to critically evaluate the evidence base of professional social work practice. Students will be joining a research intensive university with a worldwide reputation.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS5292MSocial Work Law 115 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5293MSocial Work with Adults15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5294MSocial Work with Children & Families15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5295MProfessional Practice 430 credits1 Jan to 31 Dec (12mth)
IOFN5004MResearch Methods15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 01 Oct to 31 Dec, 1 Sep to 31 Jan (5mth)(adv yr)


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS5152MDissertation45 credits1 Sep to 30 Jun(10mth)(adv yr), 1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth), 1 Jun to 30 Jun (13mth)
HECS5296MSocial Work Law 215 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5297MProfessional Practice 530 credits1 Jan to 31 Dec (12mth)

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