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Swansea University

Social Work

UCAS Code: L501

Master of Science - MSc (PG)

Entry requirements


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GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade A*- C, in maths and English/ Welsh or the equivalent Key Skills 2 numeracy and communication qualifications.

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social work

Social work has been an established course at Swansea University for many years and combines a commitment to both academic excellence and practical learning. There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors.

This degree has been developed to prepare students for employment as professionally qualified social workers and lays the foundation for their continuing professional development. It reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales.

**Why study at Swansea?**
- The Swansea University Social Work degree is ranked in the UK top 20 by the Complete University Guide for 2018

- 94.44% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

- Ranked 12th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018)

- Social Work is ranked 9th out of 80 (Times and Sunday Times 2018)

• There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors.
• The post graduate degree is accredited by Social Care Wales (SCW). Graduates can apply to register with SCW as qualified social workers. This qualification is recognised by social work regulatory bodies across the UK.

Modules

In Year One, students will undertake academic study based on Singleton campus during Semester 1 and then placement learning in a social care agency during Semester 2.
During Semester 1 students can expect to be on campus a minimum of four days per week.

These are the Year 1 modules:
SW-M01 ( 20credits) Theories and Perspectives for Informing Social Work
SW-M02 (40 credits) Social Work Skills and Knowledge in Practice
SW-M03 (20 credits) Critical Practice in Child Care and Law
SW-M04 (20 credits) Ethics and Values in Social Work
SW-M05 (20 credits) Undertaking & Using Social Work Research for Practice Students will undertake 200 days of practice learning across the 2 years.

In Year Two students will be expected to complete a dissertation with supervised support from a member of the teaching team. A 100-day placement commences in late November. Here are the modules for Year 2:
Year 2:
SW-M06 (40 credits) Social Work Skills and Knowledge and Service Users' Perspectives
SW-M07 (60 credits) Dissertation in Social Work Research and Evidence for Practice
SW-M08 (20 credits) Critical Practice in Adult Care and Law

Placement Learning Opportunities:
In Year One students undertake a 20-day observational placement followed by an 80-day ‘direct practice’ placement.
In Year Two students undertake a 100-day ‘direct-practice’ placement.
The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion. Placement learning is full-time Monday to Friday, following agency hours.

Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.

Assessment methods

We assess our students in a variety of ways across the 2 years of the programme. University based assessment may be via written assignment, group tasks, debates, presentations, IT based examination, and reflective essays. Whilst on practice placements, assessment is via reflective commentaries and the completion of a practice portfolio. Students are required to meet certain National Occupational Standards of competency and to demonstrate practice in fitting with the Social Care Wales (2017) Code of Professional Practice for Social Care.

Practice placements are assessed by a combination of written work and professional assessments using the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.

Extra funding

FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities:-
http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/

Social Care Wales provides bursaries for Wales based students studying for the social work post graduate degree in Swansea University*; Currently this is around £6,640 non-income assessed bursary per year (up to two years), which includes a contribution of £3,390 towards tuition fees; and Practice Learning Opportunity Allowance equivalent to £7.50 per practice learning opportunity day.

- See more at: http://www.ccwales.org.uk/student-funding/#sthash.BMPjOeK2.dpuf
In addition there are post graduate loans and grants available from the governments of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Refer to your respective student finance body.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Social Work, Social Policy and Social Research

TEF rating:
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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

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Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
72%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Welfare professionals
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
6%
Public services and other associate professionals

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social work

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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