Social Work (MA)
2 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
Since September 2005, Cardiff University has been offering a 2-year full-time programme, leading to an MA and a professional qualification in social work. The course offers knowledge and expertise for career paths such as: Social Worker, Care Manager, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, R&D Officer, and Service Development Officer.
- Teaching staff have a current practice and research background that keeps them up to date with developments in the field.
- Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including essays, project work and case studies.
- Professional development stems from strong tutorial support, a research-led teaching environment and access to a range of placement opportunities in specialist fields.
- Situated within the broader environment of the social sciences providing an informed and critical approach to the acquisition and appreciation of knowledge about the social context within which social work is practiced
- Programme continues to meet CCW requirements with no conditions according to 5 year review
- The School of Social Sciences, of which the Social Work group is a part, achieved highly in the last RAE exercise (gaining a 5 for sociology and 5* for education), representing research of international standing
- Bursaries may be available from the Care Council for Wales, see 'Fees and Funding' section below for more information.
- The opportunity to study through an employment-based route for those already in the social care sector
- The opportunity to take part in student exchange (ERASMUS) and carry out some study abroad (currently Finland, Lithuania, Holland, Canada or Germany)
The programme aims to enable students to build upon their existing academic and occupational experience and to achieve a professional qualification in social work within a 2 year (full-time) period. Although the programme is aimed primarily at graduates, in certain circumstances, the programme also provides a route for non-graduates to qualify as social workers.
In each year 100 days are spent in college and 100 days in practical learning placements. All students follow core modules during the first year. In Year 2 students choose a specialist pathway. All students undertake a dissertation in Year 2. Bursaries from the Care Council for Wales may be available.
All university and agency based teaching and learning are structured in accordance with the National Occupational Standards for Social Work and the requirements of the Care Council for Wales. The programme will be delivered between early September and late July of each year with one week vacation periods at Christmas and Easter.
The first year of the course consists of the following core units:
- Foundations of law
- Introduction to Social Work Practice and Introduction to Social Work Theory
- Social Science Perspectives
- Social Work and children, young people and families
- Social Work with Adults
- Principles of Research Design
The second year consists of the following units:
- Working in and across organisations
- Social Work with Individuals, Families, Group and Communities
- Research Processes/Dissertation
- Workshop programme
- Special Interest Group area of particular practice - one of be chosen from Social Work with Children, Young People and Adults; and Social Work with Adults
Suitable for graduates awarded a degree at 2:2 and above who have relevant social work employment or voluntary work experience, as well as a basic understanding of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers. In accordance with Care Council for Wales programme approval criteria, applicants will need to refer to relevant social care experience and also hold GCSE, grade C or above (or equivalent) in maths and English at the time of application.
Candidates over 25, without a degree but with 2 or more years' relevant experience who can demonstrate the ability to study at Masters level, may be considered.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Fees and Funding
Bursaries may be available from the Care Council for Wales (or NHS Business Service Authority) that will help with fees and living expenses during the course see CCW website or phone +44(0)29 2022 6257.
Applications must be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) through their website or by telephoning 0371 468 0468 . The application form should include details of the essential qualifications outlined above, as well as a considered personal statement and an academic or practice related reference. This application documentation will form the basis of the decision whether or not to call for interview.
Please note: Applications made via the Online Application Service will not be accepted!
Applicants might find the Frequently Asked Questions website helpful.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: September each year
Name: Mr Abyd Quinn Aziz
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0028
Name: Mrs Susan Hayes
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4967
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4175