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University of York

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 | 2021

Subject

Social work

Develop yourself with a qualification that allows you to register as a social worker. Discover a career where you can make a real difference to the quality of people's lives. This course offers you both a masters degree and a professional qualification. Our course lasts two years and will equip you with the skills and knowledge you'll need for effective professional practice as a social worker. It is suitable for graduates from a wide range of disciplines who are committed to a career helping people. You'll focus on professional practice and take part in two placements in different areas of social work. On successful completion of the course you'll be able to apply for registration as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also have gained skills and specialist knowledge that would be suitable for a wide range of careers.

Modules

Year 1 In your first year you'll study four modules. Three introduce you to core strands of social work: Knowledge for Social Work You'll develop a theoretical and critical approach to understanding social work. Components of this module include: Examining Knowledge Theories and Models for Understanding, Assessing and Intervening Human Development Contexts for Social Work You'll study the legal, policy and ethical frameworks that dictate, inform and affect social work. Components of this module include: Ethics and Values Social Work Law Social Policy Social Work Practice You'll prepare for the practice of social work. You'll learn through practice on placements and reflect on your professional practice. Components of this module include: Developing Practice Communication Skills Preparation for Practice Readiness for Practice Assessments and Interventions Reflective Practice International Context for Social Work The fourth module will expand your contextual knowledge of social work. Many of our students have experience of social work in other countries, and international comparisons will enhance your understanding of social work in the UK and abroad. Year 2 In your second year you'll study one compulsory module and one optional module. You'll also work on your research dissertation. Current Debates in Social Work Practice You'll discuss and debate topical issues within a framework of human rights and social justice. You'll be intellectually challenged by contemporary issues, with an emphasis on the political. Optional modules You'll choose one of the following optional modules, giving you the chance to look at one area of social work in great detail: Health and Disability Social Work Social Work with Children and Families Social Work and Mental Health Youth Social Work Placements You'll undertake two placements, of 70 and 100 working days. The 70-day placement runs from February to June in your first year. You'll return to the University occasionally for advanced work on the practice and context of social work. The 100-day placement starts at the beginning of your second year, running from late August to March. You'll occasionally return to the University to study your optional module and for teaching that will prepare you for your dissertation.

Assessment methods

Types of assessment in this course include: Essays Practical assessment of communication skills Presentations and reports Portfolios Placement supervision and assessment 16,000 word dissertation. You'll also submit work that won't contribute to your final grade. This allows you to get feedback on your progress and understanding before you submit assessed work.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£7,240
per year
England
£7,240
per year
EU
£7,240
per year
International
£18,240
per year
Northern Ireland
£7,240
per year
Scotland
£7,240
per year
Wales
£7,240
per year

Extra funding

Each year the NHS funds a number of students on our Social Work courses. For students on the MA in Social Work this bursary may contribute toward your tuition fees.

The Uni


Course location:

University of York

Department:

Social Policy and Social Work

TEF rating:
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What students say


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
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


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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.

£23,400
high
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

72%
Welfare professionals
16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
4%
Protective service occupations

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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