A range of options to help you create a programme that meets individual needs A range of options to help you create a programme that meets individual needs

This programme can be completed on a part time basis over a maximum period of five years. The programme offers flexibility so that applicants can determine the pace of study selecting from a range of options to create a coherent programme that meets individual needs and interests. Although most candidates are from social work, the modules are offered to professionals from a range of disciplines including Health, Law and Education. Multi-professional education is valued because it helps to foster respect and cooperation between professionals, whilst increasing an understanding of what is special about social work values, knowledge and skills.

The aims of the degree are:

  • to encourage critical and reflective practice
  • to extend and apply at an advanced level the knowledge, values, skills and theoretical approaches which underpin professional practice (drawing on the QAA Benchmark Statement for social work ).
  • to critically appraise and apply research to inform evidence based practice
  • To integrate work based learning with the study and application of theory
  • To foster personal and professional development and the development of others
  • to combine academic study with the achievement of an advanced level post qualifying award  in Social Work,  (the Higher Specialist Award  in Social Work) as prescribed by the General Social Care Council.

The programme can be taken on a largely ‘pick and mix' basis or approved Higher Specialist routes can be followed which meet professional requirements.  The GSCC approved Higher Specialist routes are described below and include Children and Families and Practice Education. From 2008 modules will be available in Leadership and Management and in Mental Health which will provide Approved Mental Health Practicioner training.  To meet GSCC requirements candidates can elect to follow a major/ minor route,  opt  for an even split between two specialist subject areas or specialise in a single areas. To ensure coherence, the route through the programme will be agreed with the programme director.
This route to the MA in Advanced Professional Practice and Planning is approved by the GSCC as a Higher Specialist/ Advanced Children and Families option. To be eligible for the Highr Specialist Award at least half of the modules chosen must be within this specialism. The remainder can be in the Higher Specialist Practice Education specialism or other areas. From 2008 Higher Specialist modules will also be available in Leadership and Management.

  • Assessment and Practice: Attachment Theory, Child maltreatment and family Support   (30 credits)
  • International Perspectives on Child Welfare Practice (30 credits)
  • International Perspectives on Child Welfare Services (30 credits)
  • Advanced Child Health and Development (20 credits)
  • Advanced Evidence Based Child Care Practice and Planning (20cr)
  • Advanced Practice in Evidence Based Court Decision Making (20 or 30 cr)
  • Introduction to research methods (20 credits)
  • Applied dissertation (40 credits)

Practice Education Higher Specialism

This route to the MA in Advanced Professional Practice and Planning is approved by the GSCC as a Higher Specialist/Advanced Practice Education option. To be eligible for the Higher Specialist Award at least half of the modules chosen must be within this specialism. The remainder can be in the Higher Specialist Children and Families specialism.

Practice Education Higher Specialism

  • Advanced Post Qualifying Practice Teaching Unit 1 (40cr)
  • Advanced Post Qualifying Practice Teaching Unit 2 (20 cr)
  • The Role of the Mentor/Assessor in Child Care Practice Unit 1 (20 cr)
  • The Role of the Mentor/Assessor in Child Care Practice Unit 2 (20cr)
  • Developing the learning organisation (20cr)
  • Introduction to research methods (20 credits)
  • Applied dissertation (40 credits)