About the course
This integrated master’s social work degree is a professional qualifying course which is designed to equip you with the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to succeed in a future career in social work.
The four year programme combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single degree which will help to prepare you to work in all social care settings including residential, field, day care, healthcare and education within statutory, voluntary and private sectors, as well as multi-disciplinary settings and work teams.
The course is managed and delivered by long-standing partnerships between the University and local social work agencies including statutory, voluntary and service user-led organisations, and aims to produce practitioners who can critically reflect on their practice. You’ll be introduced to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice within a complex and multi-cultural society, and within the context of professional and agency standards and requirements.
Social Work can be a challenging but rewarding profession, and at Huddersfield we take pride in helping you to develop the thoughtful, considerate and professional qualities you’ll need to succeed in your chosen career in social work. You’ll be taught by experienced staff with a variety of backgrounds in social care, as well as meet practitioners, service users and their carers’.
Throughout the course you’ll also have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice through undertaking work-shadowing, and in your third and fourth years you'll undertake work placements in a social work or related setting to support and enhance your learning. This will help to increase your future employability prospects and give you the chance to make useful contacts in industry.
The course is part of the Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership, an accredited Social Work Teaching Partnership between local authority employers and the Universities of Huddersfield and York. The partnership develops and delivers innovative and creative approaches to social work education and training for students, ensuring Social Workers are confident and creative practitioners with the skills required for working in statutory social work. The Partnership also offers high quality student placements and a social work curriculum that is co-developed and co-delivered by Social Workers and service users. Close working with local authority partners ensures students are supported to make the transition to Social Work practitioners and aware of available employment opportunities and post-qualifying social work progression pathways.
We’re pleased to be working with the University of Huddersfield on the development and delivery of the Integrated Masters in Social Work. This close working has resulted in a responsive curriculum that is reflective of the realities of current social work practice and has been co-developed with regional Social Workers and service users. We’ve also worked in partnership to develop high quality social work placement opportunities which are essential to prepare graduates for the challenges of frontline Social Work. We look forward to supporting the progress of students throughout their degree and welcoming them as our future social work workforce.
Julie Jenkins, Head of Early Intervention & Safeguarding, Calderdale Council Chair, Yorkshire Urban and Rural Social Work Teaching Partnership
Understanding Social Work
You'll be supported to develop the key skills required for undergraduate study, professional social work development and life-long learning. You'll also have the opportunity to develop autonomy in planning, managing and evaluating your own learning through discussions and debates in seminars. This module is assessed through coursework in the form of a portfolio, which will include a Professional Development Plan, a written essay, partly based on a recorded interview with a service user or carer and a presentation. Your tutor will also complete a report on your readiness to practice.
Introduction to Law and Social Policy
The module will introduce you to relevant English legislation and social policy underpinning health and social care practice. You'll cover topics including economic and political context of law and social policy, legislation and policy that applies to health and social care practice, the criminal justice system, work with children and families (including risk and safeguarding issues), work with adults (including risk and safeguarding issues), human rights and the political impact and influence upon law and social policy. The application of law and policy to the practice context will also be explored. This module is assessed through case studies and an in-class test.
Social Science and Professional Practice
This module introduces you to sociological and psychological ideas that are used to help us to understand people’s lives and circumstances. You'll have the opportunity to develop your understanding of these approaches, and consider the ways in which these impact upon professional practice in a range of social care settings. You’ll be assessed through coursework and a classroom based exam.
Working Together with Service Users and Carers
You’ll be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of what it is like to be a service user or a carer in today’s society. Your understanding of particular groups will be supported through a series of sessions delivered by service users, service providers and carers. This module is assessed through coursework.
Social Work Contexts & Organisations
This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of social workers, and of the challenges and opportunities that come with changing contexts of practice. The module reflects the importance of inter-professional and inter-agency working and you will develop your understanding of how your practice is influenced by collaborating with service users, different professionals and agencies. You’ll be assessed through two pieces of coursework, including a group presentation.
Research Methods and Skills
You'll explore research methodology which will help you to develop skills necessary for research projects and future employment. You'll be introduced to a range of research designs and develop decision-making skills to help you to identify the most suitable approach to address a given research problem. You'll also consider key issues of reliability, validity and ethics at different stages of the research process. The module is assessed through coursework.
Assessing Community Needs and Developing Resources
This module introduces you to some of the methods of assessing communities and their needs. You'll consider and appraise needs assessments, community audits and community profiles as methods of assessing community needs and assets. You’ll also consider ways in which a community can organise and participate in such assessments. There will also be consideration of the ethics of such assessment.
Social Care Interventions
This module examines some of the contemporary approaches that social work and social care professionals use that support an individual’s independence, wellbeing, resilience and ability to make choices and decisions about their lives. You’ll be supported to become familiar with a number of interventions and approaches; and consider the key concepts and principles that underpin each of them, the advantages and limitations of each approach and the situations where they are commonly used. You’ll be encouraged to critically consider how methods of intervention can be applied in practice. This module will help to prepare you for how you can work with people when you are on your placement. Assessment for this module is through two pieces of course work.
Think Family and Strength Based Approaches
This module introduces two approaches that underpin much of current social care and social work policy and practice in the UK; Think Family and Strength Based approaches. You’ll be encouraged to develop your awareness, knowledge and understanding of the importance of practitioners taking account of the wider family circumstances, needs and responsibilities when working with an individual adult or child and when developing services within a community. You’ll be supported to develop a systematic understanding of the impact of issues such as mental health, domestic abuse, substance misuse, disability, illness and dementia on individuals, family members and communities. You’ll develop your skills in formulating judgements and framing questions to achieve solutions. This module is assessed through coursework.
This module will provide the opportunity for you to examine the complexity of the relationship between legislation and health and social care and social work practice. You’ll have the chance to enhance your knowledge of a wide range of professional social work laws and will examine how legislation sets the boundaries for social work practice. Assessment will be through coursework.
First Practice Placement
This module will provide you with the opportunity to apply and develop your knowledge, skills and values in a practice setting. You’ll complete 70 days of assessed practice in a social work/care setting where you will be supported by a practice educator. You’ll be required to demonstrate that you can practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for social work. Throughout the placement you will produce coursework in the form of a portfolio, which details your development and includes a final report from your Practice Educator, who will recommend a pass or fail in practice.
Assessment and Care Planning
You’ll be encouraged to critically explore the underpinning theory and methods of assessment, which will enable you to develop the ability to hypothesise, assess and analyse situations. You’ll also be supported to learn how to construct support plans and explore ways of assessing children, families and adults. This module is assessed through coursework.
Final Practice Placement
This module will provide you with the opportunity to critically apply and develop your knowledge, skills and values in a practice setting. You’ll complete 100 days of assessed practice in a social work setting where you will be supported by a practice educator. You’ll be required to demonstrate that you can practice in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework for social work. Throughout the placement you’ll produce coursework in the form of a portfolio which details your development and includes a final report from your Practice Educator, who will recommend a pass or fail in practice.
You’ll identify and explore a health, social work or social care related topic of your choice through written coursework involving a review of key research literature. You’ll be supported in your study by your academic supervisor, who will help you to work successfully towards objectives focusing on your interests and career aspirations. You’ll be assessed by coursework.
This module will provide the opportunity for you to reflect upon and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be effective in leadership roles in health and social care. You’ll be encouraged to think strategically and to develop a vision that will inspire and motivate others. You’ll explore theories around leadership and reflect upon your own leadership skills. You’ll be supported to explore your own professional development. The module is assessed through coursework.
Statutory Social Work: Methods and Approaches
This module examines the international context of social work and the contested concepts of social work within the UK. You’ll be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of the issues, policy and organisational changes that impact on the role, functions, responsibilities and duties of social workers working in adult and children’s services and the multi-disciplinary contexts in which many social workers operate. You’ll examine the policy, legal and practice contexts that frame adult and children’s social care, including the tensions, dilemmas and debates that exist between balancing social work activities aimed at supporting individuals and their families. You’ll be assessed through coursework.
You will be taught by lecturers from a range of social work backgrounds, service users, carers and guest speakers from current practice settings. Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and group work with other health and social care students. During the course you will also undertake 30 days of skills development.
Student-centred learning is used where appropriate and its role generally increases throughout the course. Modules are designed to embed transferable skills and to allow students to progressively increase their knowledge and confidence.
You will be assessed through a wide range of methods including individual and group presentations, essays, reports, case studies, digital stories, direct observations, reflective writing, coursework and portfolio work. The nature of the assessment varies from module to module, and mirrors the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field, for example, report writing, presentations and essays.15% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Moses, graduated Social Work in 2017
“There are huge benefits of doing a social work degree programme at Huddersfield. The added learning opportunity of listening to regular guest speakers from all walks of life and interacting with real service users enhanced every student’s learning experience and development. All staff are enthusiastic and approachable, and the methods and style of teaching encourages students to engage during the lessons. They worked hard in ensuring every student enjoys the experience of learning and developing to their full potential.”
BBBat A Level .
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A level or a Distinction in a BTEC Subsidary Diploma.
DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.
A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and references are required and applicants will be required to attend an interview.
Applicants must possess basic IT skills, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate the potential to become confident, reflective and safe practitioners eligible for registration with the HCPC as a social worker who is able to uphold a positive image of the social work profession.
Successful overseas applicants must meet communication and comprehension skills to International English Language Systems (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in any single component.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
At the University of Huddersfield you'll be taught by experienced staff with a variety of backgrounds in social care and you'll be supported in your practice placements by experienced social workers. We'll work with you to develop your skills, knowledge and values to enable you to become a confident professional.
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A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:
Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.
Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.
Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.
Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.
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We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
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