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Social Work MA

Course code

L500PSOCWORK

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

2 years full-time

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £8,000

International £15,400

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

Are you looking for a rewarding career that impacts the lives of individuals, families and communities? On successful completion of the Social Work MA course at Brunel, you’ll be eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration which is mandatory to practise social work.

Through a combination of academic expertise and high-quality practice placements you’ll be prepared for your career in social work, where 95% of our graduates are in employment after completing their studies. Brunel is located in London, home to a diverse landscape of social work settings. Our academics have strong connections within the sector and you’ll benefit from excellent work placement experience, over 170 days in total.

This HCPC* accredited course will equip you with the skills to tackle the challenges faced in social work today including problems such as county lines, cyber bullying, discrimination and extremism. You’ll learn about law, psychology, social policy and sociology, giving you a comprehensive understanding of various approaches. You’ll develop the skills to identify, understand and critically appraise evidence and research which can inform social work practice.

There is an opportunity for you to gain funding. 79% of students who started the Social Work MA at Brunel in 2018 received an NHS bursary, which is a reflection of the exceptional standing of our well-established programme.

*Please note that the registration awarding body is scheduled to change from the Health and Care Professions Council to Social Work England in December 2019.

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Course content

The curriculum provides teaching in both academic and practice elements. Your learning outcomes will enable you to demonstrate progression in professional knowledge, skills and values through your two years of study. Year one consists of compulsory modules. In year two you'll have the opportunity to choose your pathway to either work with children and families or vulnerable adults. You'll study either Social Work with Children and Families or Social Work with Adults based on your chosen pathway.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 2 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

Brunel University London has strong partnership links with local authorities such as Ealing and Hillingdon and our postgraduate social work students have a track record of securing social work jobs with our partner agencies. You’re on-track to get a great job when you graduate from Brunel as 95 per cent of our Social Work MA graduates go onto employment after completing their studies.

Employers and Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) coordinators regularly attend careers workshops where you’ll benefit from intensive training in interviewing skills, presenting a comprehensive portfolio of work and being competitive in the social work market. Many students from Brunel are offered jobs with their placement provider after they graduate.

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UK entry requirements

A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a related subject (e.g. Education, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, Psychology, Law, Health and/or Social Care).

A 2:1 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a non-related subject with the appropriate experience will be considered.

Applicants must demonstrate how their previous experience in paid employment, or structured voluntary work, with a relevant organisation has prepared them for a career in social work. While there is no formal requirement for a set amount of time spent getting work experience we normally expect at least a year’s full-time (or part-time equivalent) experience. Applicants should also demonstrate what they have learnt from their own life/educational/work/voluntary experiences as appropriate to their life stage and how these have prepared them for a career in social work. Each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants must hold a GCSE Grade C (or grade 4) in English Language and Mathematics or an acceptable equivalent at application stage, and must possess basic IT skills prior to the start of the programme.

An ability to communicate accurately and clearly in spoken and written English and the ability to think critically and analytically.

Applicants will need to provide two references: an academic reference from their first degree and a character reference from someone who can testify to their suitability for a career in Social Work;

All applicants must demonstrate:

  • appropriate personal qualities and life experiences
  • ability to reflect on and positively learn from significant events in their life
  • recent undertaking of pre-course preparatory work either by making use of training opportunities within their work or by undertaking relevant study
  • the ability to express themselves orally and in writing and the ability to think critically and analytically
  • and an understanding of the role of research in informing social work practice.
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£8,000 full-time

International

£15,400 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Our teaching approaches are diverse and you’ll benefit from lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials and group tutorials.

You’ll be taught by our research-led academic team. Their research into personalisation, service user involvement, family diversity, young onset dementia and youth and religion feed into our taught programmes. So you can be assured that our teaching and curriculum are relevant and up-to-date.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed through essays, exams and presentations. You’ll be expected to complete a total of 180 credits of assessed academic work along with a 60 credit dissertation.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.