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University of Nottingham

Social Work (postgraduate entry)

UCAS Code: L508

Master of Arts - MA (PG)

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social work

With significant contributions from experienced social workers and service users, this course combines university and practice-based learning and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. It is delivered through the Centre for Social Work, which works to promote social and personal change and problem-solving in human relationships and communities. You will be taught by staff who have national and international reputations for the quality of their research and publications, and this knowledge informs their teaching.

Modules

The majority of academic teaching takes place in the autumn semester of each year. You will complete a total of 180 credits of modules. In year one, this typically includes human development, law, research methods, service user perspectives, and theories, modules and methods. Second-year studies cover safeguarding and critical perspectives, and include a dissertation. You can choose to specialise in social work for adults or children and families. Whichever option you choose, you will be qualified to work in any area of social work, anywhere in the UK. You will also undertake 170 days on placement in a social work setting.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£6,840
per year
International
£17,910
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,840
per year
Scotland
£6,840
per year
Wales
£6,840
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Nottingham

Department:

School of Sociology and Social Policy

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

64%
low
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
32%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

83%
Welfare professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
4%
Teaching and educational 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.

£19k

£19k

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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