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Social Work (Postgraduate entry)

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

Develop yourself with a qualification that allows you to apply 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.

You will also gain skills and specialist knowledge that would be suitable for a wide range of careers.

Accreditation
After completing this Masters degree you can apply to register as a social worker with Social Work England.

Modules

Year 1

In the first half of Year 1 you'll prepare for your first statutory placement with a range of core modules which ensure you're ready for practice. You will explore the ethical, legal and policy contexts for social work, which will equip you to manage the competing pressures of social work practice.

The placement begins in the Spring Term and lasts for 70 days, after completion of a module designed to support your professional development.

Year 2

As part of your second year you'll undertake your final statutory placement. This will take 100 days and will contribute 40 credits toward your course. You will also choose a module that will allow you to study a particular branch of social work in more depth, and work on your dissertation.

You will work with a qualified social work practice educator who will support and assess you throughout the placement. Your placement is a chance to develop and follow your own professional interests, with guidance from our academic staff.

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

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

Channel Islands
£8,370
per year
England
£8,370
per year
EU
£19,950
per year
International
£19,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,370
per year
Scotland
£8,370
per year
Wales
£8,370
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

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Social work

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
7%
First year 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?

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.

Health and social care

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

£26k

£26k

£25k

£25k

£26k

£26k

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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