1 MA Scial Wrk Des successful cmpletin f the curse result in a scial wrk qualificatin recgnised by Health and Care Prfessins Cuncil (HCPC)? Yes. It is imprtant t pint ut that successful cmpletin f the award des nt mean autmatic entitlement t registratin with the HCPC. Scial wrk graduates must apply and meet the criteria specified by the HCPC in rder t register and practise as a qualified scial wrker in England. When des it start? The next intake is September 2014 Hw lng is the curse? Tw years (full-time) What are the fees? In cntrast t many ther MA Scial Wrk prgrammes, we maintained ur fees fr Hme and EU students at 3,900 per year fr 2013/14. This meant that fr all students receiving an NHSBSA bursary, their fees were paid in full by the NHSBSA. (Fr 2013/2014 fees fr Internatinal (nn-eu) students were 11,500) Hw many NHSBSA bursaries are available? Fr 2014/2015 a ttal f 25 bursaries are available fr the MA Scial Wrk at the University f Bradfrd. Hw are bursaries allcated? All successful applicants wh think that they will meet the requirements set by the NHSBSA (see are advised t apply fr the scial wrk bursary. In July 2014, the university will nminate successful applicants t the NHSBSA in rank rder accrding t scres achieved during the selectin prcess. NB. Bursary arrangements fr MA Scial Wrk students are significantly different t the bursary arrangements fr BA Scial Wrk students. (Undergraduate students will need t meet different criteria in rder t be nminated fr bursaries.) Further infrmatin regarding bursaries shuld be sught frm the NHSBSA, directly at: Web: Tel: r Scial Wrk Bursaries Bridge Huse 152 Pilgrim Street Newcastle Upn Tyne NE1 6SN
2 What are the admissins requirements? We require successful applicants t: - Nrmally pssess an undergraduate hnurs degree at 2:1 r higher. (Applicants with 2.2 degrees wh have subsequently btained a Master s degree r PhD will als be cnsidered.) Demnstrate that, by the time they start the curse, they will have acquired current and relevant underpinning knwledge frm psychlgy, scilgy and scial plicy, at a level, which will allw them t cmplete the MA (Scial Wrk). Applicants wh have nt acquired such knwledge in cmpleting their first degrees r wh btained their degrees several years ag shuld cnsider what further study and/r reading is required as well as study skills revisin t prepare them fr this level f study. They may need t cnsider enrlment n fundatin level curses at their lcal university r distance learning packages, such as the Open University s Intrducing the scial sciences Demnstrate that they have relevant wrk experience equivalent t a minimum f 6 mnths full-time wrk (apprx. 910 hurs). This may be paid r vluntary wrk and culd have been undertaken n a full-time r part-time basis. Applicants are usually expected t have had a substantial part f such experience during the past 2 years and t have had experience which includes wrking with vulnerable grups in Britain. Applicants wh have limited experience r wh have had little r n relevant experience during the past 2 years shuld cnsider seeking relevant emplyment r vlunteering via rganisatins, such as their lcal Cuncil fr Vluntary Services, lcal Children s r Adult Services Departments r lcal vluntary sectr agencies. (Please see the attached dcument Wrk experience and cntact with a scial wrker prir t the start f the degree). Demnstrate that their understanding f scial wrk is infrmed bth by underpinning knwledge and by reflectin n their experience. Hld certificated qualificatins in Maths and English which are, at least, equivalent t GCSE (at grade C r abve) Demnstrate that they have Infrmatin, Cmmunicatin Technlgy (ICT) skills which are sufficient t allw them t begin bth study and practice and that they will be able t develp these skills during their prgress thrugh the curse. (Applicants withut such relevant skills will need t demnstrate that they have plans in place t acquire them prir t starting scial wrk training). Cmplete a health disclsure frm. Cmplete a declaratin frm regarding matters that include criminal cnvictins, cautins and reprimands and any disciplinary actin by emplyers, in rder t satisfy the prgramme that they are suitable t wrk with vulnerable children and adults.
3 Is there a placement element t the curse? Yes. Students will need t pass tw assessed practice placements in cntrasting settings, ne f which must include statutry wrk. The first will run fr 70 days in year ne and the secnd fr 100 days in year tw.. Students need t be prepared t travel t practice placements within a 30 mile radius f the University f Bradfrd and many placement prviders will expect students t pssess a full UK driving licence. Is the curse full-time? Yes. When nt n placement, students will usually be required t attend teaching at the university fr at least 2 days per week and, during sme weeks will need t attend supplementary classes, tutrials, wrkshps and cnferences n ther days. Students will als need t undertake a cnsiderable amunt f private study in additin t attending lectures, if they are t successfully cmplete the curse. Students will, therefre, need t manage their time and ther cmmitments t facilitate this, thrughut the whle tw years. Bth placements are full-time (usually 9 am t 5 pm Mnday t Friday), while sme require that students participate in staff rtas which invlve attendance at weekends and vernight n rare ccasins. What is the cntent f the curse? The curse has been designed t ensure that students btain the apprpriate skills and knwledge t pass the prfessinal scial wrk award at Masters Level. The structure fr the prgramme starting in September 2014is as fllws : September 2014 Scial Wrk Theries and Methds Ethics, Prfessinalism and Reflective Practice Interviewing and Cmmunicatin Skills January 2015 Scial Wrk with Children and Families Scial Wrk with Adults Law fr Scial Wrk Practice Placement Learning I (plus 70-day placement frm May-July 2015) September 2015 Research Methds fr Scial Wrkers Inter-prfessinal Wrking Practice Placement Learning II (plus 100-day placement frm January-July 2016)
4 What values and principles underpin this curse? We are cmmitted t scial wrk based in scial justice and in critical reflectin and analysis (please see the attached Manifest fr Scial Wrk at the University f Bradfrd.) Hw and when shuld I apply? This can be by direct nline applicatin t the University f Bradfrd r thrugh UCAS. T apply nline, please see NB. In recent years the number f applicatins fr places n the MA Scial Wrk has greatly utnumbered the number f places available. Selectin interviews fr the curse starting in September 2015 will begin in Nvember 2014 and we cannt guarantee t interview applicants wh apply after sufficient ffers have been made, even when they meet the relevant criteria. Applicants are, therefre advised t apply as early as pssible. Where apprpriate, applicants are advised t include infrmatin abut any relevant training r paid r vluntary wrk planned fr the future, in their persnal statements. Prfessinal Regulatin Scial wrk is a prfessin regulated in England, since 1 August 2012, by the Health and Care Prfessins Cuncil (HCPC). As a scial wrk student yu will be expected t adhere fully t the HCPC Standards f Cnduct, Perfrmance and Ethics (see and t be cmmitted t wrking twards the HCPC Standards f Prficiency fr Scial Wrkers in England (see uk.rg/assets/dcuments/10003b08standardsfprficiency- ScialwrkersinEngland.pdf ). Fr mre infrmatin please visit: Disclsure and Barring Scheme All students will need t cnsent t and c-perate with enhanced DBS checks. Students are respnsible fr paying the relevant fees. Students wh have lived utside the United Kingdm All students will be required t prvide infrmatin and relevant dcumentatin, in lieu f DBS checks, fr all perids they have lived utside the UK. Again, students are respnsible fr paying any fees required by the agencies invlved. Fr further infrmatin please see r cntact
5 All prspective entrants Wrk experience and cntact with a scial wrker prir t the start f the degree Yu may r may nt knw that it is a curse requirement that all ptential Scial Wrk students btain relevant wrk experience and have the pprtunity t spend sme time with, r speak t, a qualified scial wrker prir t the start f yur degree. We recgnise that many students will cme t the curse with cnsiderable relevant wrk experience and cntact with qualified scial wrkers. Hwever we are als aware that sme students may nt have a great deal f paid r vluntary wrk experience, nr had the pprtunity t talk with a qualified wrker. The task f finding relevant wrk will bviusly be dependent upn yur knwledge f lcal resurces. Simply finding ut abut yur lcal vluntary/ statutry resurces is very imprtant in itself, and will undubtedly help yu with yur future studies. Listed belw are a few ideas fr finding lcal infrmatin and als the names f a few rganisatins that may be helpful in btaining emplyment: Finding ut abut lcal infrmatin: Internet, Library, Citizens Advice Bureau, G.P and Dental surgeries, Lcal Newspapers and Lcal Websites. Organisatins which may be helpful in finding emplyment: Cmmunity Vlunteer Service, lcal cuncils Children s Scial Care and Adult Services, Yellw Pages (lk under charitable and vluntary rganisatins), scial care recruitment agencies (there are at least five f these wh emply unqualified wrkers) and rganisatins which help t crdinate all vluntary agencies within a particular twn/ regin.
6 Manifest fr Scial Wrk at the University f Bradfrd We believe that scial wrk must be cmmitted: T the prvisin f services which bring psitive change in the lives f individuals and cmmunities, and especially thse facing trauma, disadvantage and ppressin. T the nging develpment and active prmtin f plicies and practice which prvide psitive benefits fr vulnerable peple. T wrking alngside thers and in partnership with vulnerable peple t create a mre scially just sciety which endeavurs t meet the needs f all cmmunities and grups, and T wrking alngside thers and in partnership with vulnerable peple t challenge agencies and institutins whse plicies and practices have negative cnsequences fr vulnerable peple. As scial wrk educatrs, we will, therefre, in partnership with practitiners and agencies prviding practice placements, encurage students t develp: Practice which is infrmed by: Critical reflectin and analysis. Relevant underpinning knwledge and research. Service users needs and views. Scial wrk values and ethics. The practice experiences f clleagues and partners in scial wrk and ther agencies in bth the statutry and vluntary sectrs. Recgnitin that the prblems faced by mst service users are aggravated by, r have their rigins in, the inequitable nature f scial structures. Critical reflectin n and analysis f: Their practice and its utcmes fr service users. Their values and ethics and the cnsequences f these fr service users. Others practice and its utcmes fr service users. The plicies f central and lcal gvernment and the cnsequences f these fr service users. The plicies f scial wrk agencies and ther rganizatins, and the cnsequences f these fr service users. Knwledge and skills which will result in interventins which are : Effective in imprving the lives f service users. Relevant t the identified needs f service users. Acceptable t and welcmed by service users. Respectful f service users. Culturally cmpetent. Equitable. Effective in challenging unacceptable practice, plicies and situatins.