The aim of our MA in Social Work is to provide students, who already hold a first degree, with a professional social work qualification at Master's level. The course will enable you to be a confident, competent, qualified social work practitioner. We offer a well established course with a national reputation for producing high-calibre workers. Our course is designed, managed and delivered by a Programme Management Board that includes practice placement agencies, students, lecturers and practitioners. Stakeholder involvement ensures that our course maintains a dynamic, outward-looking approach towards social work education with a clear focus on the needs of service users.
It is important to point out that successful completion of the award does not mean automatic entitlement to registration with the HCPC. Social work graduates must apply and meet the criteria specified by the HCPC in order to register and practise as a qualified social worker in England.
The next intake is September 2014
Two years (full-time)
Students will need to pass two assessed practice placements in contrasting settings, one of which must include statutory work. The first will run for 70 days in year one and the second for 100 days in year two. . Students need to be prepared to travel to practice placements within a 30 mile radius of the University of Bradford and many placement providers will expect students to possess a full UK driving licence.
When not on placement, students will usually be required to attend teaching at the university for at least 2 days per week and, during some weeks will need to attend supplementary classes, tutorials, workshops and conferences on other days. Students will also need to undertake a considerable amount of private study in addition to attending lectures, if they are to successfully complete the course. Students will, therefore, need to manage their time and other commitments to facilitate this, throughout the whole two years.
Both placements are full-time (usually 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday), while some require that students participate in staff rotas which involve attendance at weekends and overnight on rare occasions.
We are committed to social work based in social justice and in critical reflection and analysis (please see the attached Manifesto for Social Work at the University of Bradford.)
This can be by direct online application to the University of Bradford or through UCAS. To apply online, please click here
NB. In recent years the number of applications for places on the MA Social Work has greatly outnumbered the number of places available. Selection interviews for the course starting in September 2015 will begin in November 2014 and we cannot guarantee to interview applicants who apply after sufficient offers have been made, even when they meet the relevant criteria. Applicants are, therefore advised to apply as early as possible. Where appropriate, applicants are advised to include information about any relevant training or paid or voluntary work planned for the future, in their personal statements.
Social work is a profession regulated in England, since 1 August 2012, by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a social work student you will be expected to adhere fully to the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and to be committed to working towards the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England
All students will need to consent to and co-operate with ‘enhanced’ DBS checks. Students are responsible for paying the relevant fees.
Students who have lived outside the United Kingdom
All students will be required to provide information and relevant documentation, in lieu of DBS checks, for all periods they have lived outside the UK. Again, students are responsible for paying any fees required by the agencies involved.
We require successful applicants to:
Work experience and contact with a social worker prior to the start of the degree
You may or may not know that it is a course requirement that all potential Social Work students obtain relevant work experience and have the opportunity to spend some time with, or speak to, a qualified social worker prior to the start of your degree.
We recognise that many students will come to the course with considerable relevant work experience and contact with qualified social workers. However we are also aware that some students may not have a great deal of paid or voluntary work experience, nor had the opportunity to talk with a qualified worker.
The task of finding relevant work will obviously be dependent upon your knowledge of local resources. Simply finding out about your local voluntary/ statutory resources is very important in itself, and will undoubtedly help you with your future studies. Listed below are a few ideas for finding local information and also the names of a few organisations that may be helpful in obtaining employment:
Finding out about local information: Internet, Library, Citizens Advice Bureau, G.P and Dental surgeries, Local Newspapers and Local Websites.
Organisations which may be helpful in finding employment: Community Volunteer Service, local councils’ Children’s Social Care and Adult Services , Yellow Pages (look under charitable and voluntary organisations), social care recruitment agencies (there are at least five of these who employ unqualified workers) and organisations which help to coordinate all voluntary agencies within a particular town/ region.
In contrast to many other MA Social Work programmes, we maintained our fees for Home and EU students at £3,900 per year for 2013/14. This meant that for all students receiving an NHSBSA bursary, their fees were paid in full by the NHSBSA. (For 2013/2014 fees for International (non-EU) students were £11,500)
For 2014/2015 a total of 25 bursaries are available. All successful applicants who think that they will meet the requirements set by the NHSBSA are advised to apply for the social work bursary.
Further information regarding bursaries can be found from the NHSBSA
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The course has been designed to ensure that students obtain the appropriate skills and knowledge to pass the professional social work award at Masters Level. The structure for the programme starting in September 2014is as follows :
Practice Placement Learning I (plus 70-day placement from May-July 2015)
Practice Placement Learning II (plus 100-day placement from January-July 2016)
This course is taught in the Division of Social Work and Social Care