Social Work

MA SOCIAL WORK

Key details 

MA SOCIAL WORK

Start Year
2021
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts-Social Work Accreditation
UCAS course code
L508
Duration (years)
2

Assessment for Year 1

You will be assessed for each module. Your assessments will vary depending on the module, but could include essays, recorded role-play and placement reports. During each module you will be able to take practice or ‘formative’ assessments. These give you the opportunity to reflect on your performance and learn from the tutor feedback in preparation for the formal ‘summative’ assessment at the end of the module.

You’ll need to pass your summative assessments in your first year before you can progress to your second year. You will receive ongoing support and guidance when studying for your dissertation in the second year.

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Assessment for Year 1

You will be assessed for each module. Your assessments will vary depending on the module, but could include essays, recorded role-play and placement reports. During each module you will be able to take practice or ‘formative’ assessments. These give you the opportunity to reflect on your performance and learn from the tutor feedback in preparation for the formal ‘summative’ assessment at the end of the module.

You’ll need to pass your summative assessments in your first year before you can progress to your second year. You will receive ongoing support and guidance when studying for your dissertation in the second year.

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Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Admissions Live Chat   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Entry Requirements

Degree classification

2.2 or equivalent with relevant work experience

Degree subject

Any subject excluding Social Work

GCSE offer

GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language Grade C and GCSE Mathematics Grade C.

Additional entry requirements

GCSE Requirements

GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language Grade C and GCSE Mathematics Grade C.

Application Process

Following initial screening an 800-1000 word essay will be requested and has to be submitted, prior to consideration for an interview. Details will be provided.   We also require suitability and health forms to be completed.   Full instruction for the essay will be sent to applicants at the time of request. 

Experience

All applicants are required to have gained at least 6 months paid or voluntary work experience of helping people and working with others in a Social Work/Social Care environment Work Experience Leaflet.

If shortlisted and invited to interview, applicants will be required to provide an additional reference. This should be a professional reference providing details of your ability in a caring/helping capacity, to complement your academic reference provided on the UCAS application.

Health

Applicants are asked to declare that they will seek appropriate advice and treatment in the management of any health conditions that they have.

Disclosure and Barring Service

The course you are applying for is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) on your UCAS application.

The amendments to the Exceptions Order provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure, and cannot be taken into account.  Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service Website. Further information can also be found on the Nacro website https://www.nacro.org.uk

All applicants who have been offered a place to study the MA course will be required to obtain a new DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

 

Students for whom english is a foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not meet the English requirements for direct entry, our partner, INTO University of East Anglia, offers a range of pre-sessional English courses to help you develop the high level of English skills necessary for successful postgraduate study.

Interviews

Currently interviews are online this is expected to continue until Spring 2021.  Interviews will include an activity exploring group participation in addition to an interview individual with an academic and service user/carer.  Full information of the interview process will be provided for shortlisted candidates. 

For in-person interviews: The first part of the admissions day consists of an observed group activity. The activity will be observed by members of the interview panel and may involve a university lecturer, social work practitioner or manager and a carer of user of social services and gives you an opportunity to participate and communicate in a group. The group will consist of 2 – 6 social work applicants and your group members may vary in age and experience.  However, the focus of the activity is on how you participate and communicate during the task and not your specific knowledge or experience and there is no ‘right’ answer for this activity. 

Later in the day the interview will last around 40 minutes and the interview panel is made up of a University lecturer, a Social Work practitioner or manager and carer or user of Social Services where possible. The interview will enable the panel to look at your personal background and circumstances, essay and group activity participation and your understanding of Social Work, your current studies and your suitability for the programme.

Gap year

We do not accept applications for a Gap Year for this programme, any offer made will be for the current admissions cycle.

Intakes

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.  The date on UCAS may differ from the start date.  We will inform students of the start date in any offer email. 

Course Reference Number: 1545005

Fees and Funding

Fees for 2021 entry are:

  • UK Students: £6,600 

  • International Students: £17,600

Living Expenses
Approximately £7,500 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

Scholarships and Funding
Students undertaking Social Work programmes may also be eligible to receive a Department of Health Postgraduate Bursary administered by the NHS Business Services Authority. The Postgraduate Bursary is available to students ordinarily resident in England studying on an approved full-time postgraduate course. The Bursary consists of a non-income-assessed basic grant that varies in value, a contribution towards expenses related to practice learning opportunities (placements) and a contribution towards tuition fees. It also includes an income-assessed maintenance grant that varies in value and income-assessed allowances of various values to assist with certain costs of living, as recipients of the postgraduate bursary ordinarily will not be entitled to LA funding. NB: Financial awards are dependent on individual circumstances.

The Graduate Trainee Scheme is run in conjunction with Suffolk County Council. It is aimed at graduates who have the potential for a career in social work, but lack sufficient relevant experience to enrol straight onto the MA Programme. The dates will change for the current year, if the scheme is running.  It will also be advertised in the local press. 

Candidates will be shortlisted for bursaries in June based on the number of bursaries given by the NHS

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.

Course Reference Number: 1545005

How to apply

Applications will need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), search for UEA and Social Work.  Please note for operational reasons, the MA Social Work course requires applicants to apply via the UCAS Undergraduate Apply route.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom.  It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once.  The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

 

Course Reference Number: 1545005
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts-Social Work Accreditation
UCAS course code
L508
Duration (years)
2
Study social work at one of the most highly regarded centres in the UK, internationally renowned for its leading role in social work education and research. You will graduate with a professional qualification and a body of knowledge and skills that open up a wide range of exciting, rewarding and challenging employment opportunities. You should already have gained some prior experience of working with people, in a paid or voluntary capacity. Our MA Social Work will build on this background, providing an academically rigorous and stimulating environment for your development. You will develop your skills as a future social worker through teaching that emphasises reflective and relationship-based practice, combined with challenging and thought-provoking placement opportunities in a wide range of settings provided by our local partner agencies.
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