Social work (M23)

Course overview

Delivered jointly with the University of East London, this course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and reflective capacity you need to practice as an effective social worker. Upon successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker with the regulatory body for social workers, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

This course combines a distinct theoretical and practical approach with a focus on developing as critical reflective practitioners. The first term of your first year is spent at the UEL Stratford campus where you will gain a wide ranging introduction to theory and practice through The Fundamentals of Social Work Practice and Social Work Law modules. You will undertake a practice learning placement for 70 days in a voluntary, private or statutory agency. You will be supervised and assessed by a suitably qualified practice educator. From term two you will have a day of class-based learning at the Tavistock Centre to study human growth and development. As part of this module, you will undertake a 12-week observation of an infant or young child.

In your second year you will complete a 100 day social work practice placement starting in the autumn term. You will also complete your dissertation and study the Professional Development module, both of which support and develop your placement learning. As part of professional development you will participate in a week-long experiential group relations conference in either December or April.

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to practice as a reflective, capable, and effective social worker. Developed in collaboration with local employers, the course reflects the priorities and needs of contemporary social work practice and is approved by the Health Care Professions Council.

On this course, under supervision and guidance, you will complete two periods of assessed social work practice and be able to demonstrate attainment of nationally recognised standards in social work.

You will develop knowledge of the psychodynamic and systemic theories that inform social work practice and work within organisations. You will engage with the legal and policy framework for practice and extend your ability to assess and analyse complex human situations. You will learn how to evaluate theory and research (including writing a Masters level dissertation). Beginning to consider and conceptualise a range of relevant interventions and to review outcomes will prepare you for your first year as a newly qualified social worker.

This qualifying course teaches you to work with a relationship-based approach to practice. It will enable you to acquire the capacity to work therapeutically and to cultivate communication, interpersonal and inter-professional skills with social work service users and other professionals, including through experiential learning.

This course is ideal if you are a graduate committed to a future career in social work.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • some experience of working with vulnerable people in a caring role and an understanding of how this relates to social work practice
  • a 2:1 degree classification in any subject; however, if you have a 2:2, plus a postgraduate qualification or extensive experience, you may also be considered
  • assessment of your potential health needs and the possible impact on fitness to practise. We therefore encourage you to complete a health and wellbeing self-declaration form at the interview, relating to health conditions that will affect your practice.

Assessment

The assessment mode for this course includes formative assignments; a short on-line law test; written academic assignments of various kinds; reflections on experiential learning such as the Group Relations Conference in the 2nd year.

Attendance

Full-time – Students will attend classroom learning for one day a week (or equivalent in term 1) with practice learning on the other days. There is some time allocated to self-directed learning 

Clare ParkinsonClare Parkinson

Clinical Lecturer and Senior Social Worker

Clare has extensive experience working with social workers at all levels of development. She has a particular interest in the practice and theoretical ideas that underpin supervision and adult learning and in psychoanalytic approaches to the life course with a focus on baby observation. In the field of social work, Clare’s specialism has been in adult mental health, most recently, as it links to mental capacity.

Clare is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Work Practice and is a Trustee for the Centre for Social Work Practice.

Applications to this course are made via the University of East London.

Code:
SCMATP904
Qualification:
MA / Master's
Course length:
2 years
Attendance:
Full-time
Mode:
Classroom
Location:
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, NW3 5BA
Admission status:
Open
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Course lead:
Clare Parkinson

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