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Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

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 Social Work England 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 Social Work England 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.

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.

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.

Modules

This module enables students to develop an understanding of the role of the social worker through three days of shadowing. Students will learn to demonstrate a readiness for practice with social work clients.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,240

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£15,860

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

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.