Social Work MSci

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

4 years full-time

UCAS Code

H254

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. 

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Julie Jenkins, Head of Early Intervention & Safeguarding, Calderdale Council Chair, Yorkshire Urban and Rural Social Work Teaching Partnership

Course detail

Core modules:

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. Your tutor will 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.

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.”

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, the following requirements apply:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and reference are required.

Placements


During the course you will undertake a compulsory 70 day work placement in year 3 and a compulsory 100 day work placement in year 4. These are managed and assessed by experienced practice educators who provide opportunities for you to develop and apply the knowledge, value base and professional capabilities required of social workers in qualified practice.

Placements are undertaken in wide variety of settings within the voluntary and statutory sectors. For example, you may work with local authorities, national charities, housing agencies, drug and alcohol services and a wide variety of other social care and welfare services. Previous placement providers have included working across a wide range of service user groups and you may have the opportunity to work with vulnerable adults, children and families, young people, people with learning disabilities or people with mental health issues.

You can find more information on placements here.

My work placements were with young people with educational and emotional problems, the other supporting adults with mental health issues. They gave me a broad understanding of what difficulties people face and how social work can support.

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Andrew Brady, graduated from Social Work BSc(Hons) in 2017

Teaching excellence

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**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.

Your career


Previous Huddersfield Social Work graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, healthcare, human resources, community and social services in organisations including NHS University Hospitals, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Pivot Care and Educational Consultancy, Social Services Kirklees, Leeds City Council, Bradford Council, Wakefield Council, Calderdale Council, Leeds Social Care, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, Age UK, BARCA Leeds, Banardos, Stone house children’s home, Bradford Children’s Service, Chesnut Children’s Centre, Bettercare, Call Industry Social Work Organisation, Care Management, Hexagon Care, Cygnet, Debyshire Local Authority, Orange Foster Care, Prism Youth Project, Eastmoor Young Offenders Insititute, Lifeline Project LTD, Foster care associates.**

 

*Percentage of graduates from courses in this subject area who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMs).

91% Graduates employed*

Student support

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.

You'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

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.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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