This is a part-time modular programme providing continuing professional education for registered social workers who are currently working with children and young people, their families and carers in the UK.
The programme leads to one of three awards; you can enter at MSc, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level. Alternatively, you are welcome simply to take any of our units on a credit-only basis.
The programme is normally accessed by qualified social workers as part of their employment with local authorities or voluntary/independent sector organisations in the south west of England. However, we also welcome applications from appropriately qualified and experienced practitioners/managers working elsewhere in the UK. It is managed in partnership with local employers.
The programme is timetabled so that you study on a part-time basis, and access to units is modular.
Postgraduate Certificate students must take three units, normally including at least two of the four core units. If only two core units are taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate, the remaining 20 credits are taken from the optional units (a total of 60 credit points).
Postgraduate Diploma and Master's students must take all four core units and two of the optional units (a total of 120 credit points).
You will undertake research methods training before accessing the dissertation unit. This is normally achieved through successful completion of the research methods unit, Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences.
Successful completion of the dissertation leads to the full Master's award (a total of 180 credit points).
Credit-only students can undertake any of the units available on the programme. This will give students the opportunity to gain academic credits towards their continuing professional development. However, if students wish to build up academic credits in order to gain a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma or MSc, they will need to take careful note of the requirements for these programmes in terms of mandatory and optional units.
There is also a Graduate Certificate in Social Work with Children and Families for potential students without an undergraduate qualification.
- Child Development, Health and Wellbeing
- Contemporary Law and Policy for Child Welfare Services
- Assessment, Risk and Decision-Making
- Social Work with Children and Families with Complex Needs
You will be able to choose from a range of optional units. Please note optional units can change from year to year, but may include:
- Advanced Practice in Communication and Direct Work with Children
- Advanced Practice with Looked-after Children; Adoption, Fostering and Kinship Care
- Leadership and Management in Social Work
- Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences
- Researching Child and Family Welfare
- Supervision and Assessment of Professional Practice (Practice Educator Stage 2)