Social Work MA

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge and Chelmsford

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Our full-time course combines in-depth professional training and tuition with high-quality practice placements. Graduate and you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified social worker.

We’ve designed our course for graduates with at least six months’ relevant work experience, who want to qualify as professional social workers.

An intensive orientation programme at the start of the course will develop your practical skills ready for your first placement, and will introduce you to theories and approaches within social work.

Your typical weekly pattern will then become one day of lectures and training on campus, with the rest of the week being either independent study or supported placement.

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Where and when

Starts Location
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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Bishop Hall Lane, CM 1sS, Essex, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· What are the objectives of this course?

You could build a career in the various branches of professional social work, including children’s services, adult services, mental health services, youth offending, residential social care and providing advocacy and support for vulnerable groups.

· Qualification

Upon graduating, you’ll be eligible for professional registration.

· What marks this course apart?

You’ll spend 70 days on practice placement in year 1 and 100 days in year 2. These practice placements will be in contrasting settings, one of which will involve statutory intervention and will include one placement in children’s services and one in adults. It’s likely that you’ll have to travel as part of your placement, so you’ll need your own transport to visit service users in the community, where public transport may not be available. From communication skills to legal duties, professional decision-making to an understanding of socio-economic factors, our course will equip you fully for the challenges you’ll face in social work.


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What you'll learn on the course

Social Work
Decision Making
Social Policy
Social Anthropology
Social Skills
Social Change
Skills and Training
Analysis methodologies
Analytical Thinking

Course programme

Modules & assessmentYear one, core modules
  • Assessed Readiness for Direct Practice
  • Social Work Knowledge, Values and Skills
  • Well-being across the Life Course in a Diverse Society
  • Developing Professional Social Work Practice
Year two, core modules
  • Analytical Thinking and Decision-Making in Professional Social Work
  • Powers, Duties and Accountability in Professional Social Work
  • Dissertation
Core modules available in all years
  • Placement
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.Assessment

We’ll assess you for your Master’s degree through academic assignments, practice debriefs and the portfolios you’ll build up, detailing your professional development.

Your final piece of work will be a Dissertation, which must be a substantial, research-based piece of work that demonstrates your knowledge, ideas and professional skills.

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Additional information


Year 1: 4 days a week at the start of the course and then normally 1 day a week plus 70 day placement
Year 2: normally 1 day a week plus 100 day placement

Course fees:
UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year) £8,100 International students, 2016-17 (per year) £12,900

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