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School of Health Sciences and Social Care


Fact File Mode of Study

This is a General Social Care

2-year full-time study

Council accredited social work training programme which aims

Entry Requirements for 2012

to educate and train individuals

A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in a related health/social sciences subject or a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in an unrelated subject;

to be reflective, research-minded

Before applying applicants must have a minimum of one year’s full-time work experience (or equivalent) in social work/social care in a paid or supervised unpaid capacity;

All candidates must have GCSE Grade C in English Language and Mathematics or an acceptable equivalent;

Applicants must provide an academic reference from first degree level and a reference from their supervised employment in the care services; and

International applicants will require a qualification in English at the following level: IELTS – 7 with 6.5 in each sub-score. TOEFL 585 (paper test) Cambridge proficiency – grade C Cambridge advanced – grade B GCSE – grade C

Enquiries Division of Social Work, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK Tel: +44 (0)1895 268853 Email: Programme Leader: Dr Ben Liu

practitioners who are able to work critically and professionally and in accordance with the principles of anti-oppressive practice. The professional and academic elements are closely integrated throughout the programme, with the working week divided between time in placement and time in the University. There are 200 days spent in placement.

MA in Social Work Programme aims The MA in Social Work is a postgraduate programme that prepares students for social work practice requiring critical thinking and research skills. By the end of this programme, students will be able to:

Programme structure Modules in Year 1 A Critical Introduction to Social Work Theory

• Meet the requirements for professional practice according to the General Social Care Council’s accreditation standards and the National Occupational Standards of the United Kingdom;

The Foundations of Social Work Practice

• Be competent for ethical, innovative and effective social work practice in a diverse society;

Life-span Development

• Undertake critical and professional practice with service users that actively promotes social justice, and make professional decisions and perform professional functions that are informed by an understanding of inequality, disadvantage and discrimination; • Integrate theory, policy, practice, and research evidence to meet service users’ and the profession’s needs; • Have a generic and detailed understanding of social work knowledge, values and intervention skills, applicable to all fields and methods of practice; and • Demonstrate research capacity to critically evaluate social work research, understand a range of relevant research methods, and independently undertake and manage a research project.

Social Work, Law and the English Legal System Social Policy and Social Welfare

Practice Learning A (100 days) Research Methods

Modules in Year 2 Advanced Social Work Intervention Skills What Works in Social Work? The Dissertation Practice Learning B (100 days)

and one elective from: Social Work with Children and Families Social Work with Adults: Community Care

Dissertation Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include: Domestic abuse amongst elderly service users Practitioners’ experiences of witchcraft in child abuse cases within the United Kingdom An exploration of the effects substancemisusing parents have on their children


Main topics of study A Critical Introduction to Social Work Theory

Social Work with Children and Families

This includes: the construction of social work theory; the nature of theory and implications for social work practice; the value base of social work; theoretical perspectives applicable to social work.

This includes: child care policy and government guidance and initiatives; the child protection process; assessment frameworks and assessment of risk; the roles, responsibilities and dilemmas of social workers working with vulnerable children and young people; effective communication skills with children; decisionmaking in relation to permanency planning and adoption.

Advanced Social Work Intervention Skills This includes: therapeutic and counselling approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Family Therapy and Logotherapy with individuals, groups and families.

Social Work, Law and the English Legal System This includes: the English legal system and frameworks for social work and social welfare, including safeguarding children and mental health; welfare benefits law; equal opportunities legislation.

What Works in Social Work? This includes: concepts and definitions of evidence; evidence-based practice and evidence-informed practice; the transferability of evidence-based interventions; choosing evidence-based interventions.

Life-span Development This includes: key concepts and theories of human growth and development across the life-cycle; attachment theory; physical, social, psychological and cognitive development; health in older age; death and dying. A child observation exercise will also form part of this module.

The Foundations of Social Work Practice This includes: values, codes of ethics, and anti-oppressive practice in social work; communication and interviewing skills for working with individuals, families and organisations; recording interviews and report-writing.

Social Work with Adults: Community Care This includes: the historical developments, key policy and other contemporary issues for community care practice with adult service users; person-centred and care management models of practice; and interdisciplinary/interagency working among the health and social care sectors.

Social Policy and Social Welfare This includes: key ideas and concepts in social policy; theoretical and ideological perspectives; the process of policy-making, and the framework and methods of policy analysis; social welfare and services for particular vulnerable groups.

Research Methods This includes: research methods appropriate to both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including surveys, depth interviews, focus groups and observation; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; ethical issues in research and research governance; statistical analysis and using SPSS.


How to find us...

To apply: Please make your applications through UCAS UCAS Code: L508 Short form of course: MA/SW

International applicants Please forward copies of any additional documents to the Admissions Office below quoting your application reference number. Brunel International (Admissions), Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH Telephone: +44 (0)1895 265519 Email:

Note: This programme may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. Where this is the case, students will be legally required to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) which is administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. The Independent Safeguarding Authority has recently been established as a single agency to monitor all individuals who want to work or volunteer with vulnerable people. Registration with the scheme will cost ÂŁ64, as a one off payment, which will cover both the cost of registration and a criminal records Bureau (CRB) check. Following successful registration, you will be issued with an ISA registration number, which will stay with you for the rest of your career. The University will send further instructions on registering with the VBS as part of the admissions process. For further guidance, please email

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this brochure and the University will take all reasonable action to deliver these services in accordance with the descriptions set out in it. However, the University reserves the right to vary these services, using all reasonable efforts to offer a suitable alternative. All costs, rates and prices stated in this brochure are subject to amendment and should be taken as a guide only.

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