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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Professional Development (Social Work)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
Y00HSW
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Glenside
Duration:
Variable
Delivery:
Flexible
Programme leader:
Kevin Stone
Key fact:
The flexibility of our Professional Development Framework means you can work towards a wide range of awards, including BA (Hons) for students who do not already have a degree; a Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma, and a full Masters.

Page last updated 31 August 2017

Introduction

This Professional Development (Social Work) programme is linked to current trends in the social work profession, and offers qualified social workers the opportunity to consolidate, extend and develop their practice. Based on the principles of credit accumulation and transfer, you can negotiate your own programme of study and work towards a Professional Development (Social Work) award - from a BA (Hons) to a full Masters.

The course is unique in that you can choose learning opportunities from within and outside UWE Bristol to maintain, improve and broaden your knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required for your professional life.

The emphasis is on work-based learning and we encourage you to think critically about your own practice in a wide range of situations. This includes those associated with inter-agency and inter-professional work - in the context of the BASW Professional Capabilities Framework, Knowledge and Skills statements and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Practice. You will also have opportunities to explore service user and carer perspectives in relation to service provision with the service users and carers involved in the programme. We work closely with you to help define and develop the best approaches to achieving your personal goals, through self-directed study and peer learning.

The programme has a direct positive impact on the quality of your practice and contributes to the development of your organisation.

Structure

Content

This programme is very flexible, and you will liaise with the programme leader and the relevant people within your organisation to develop a learning plan that supports your personal and professional goals.

Your learning is supported by a wide range of online learning materials and tutorials. The only compulsory module is the Work Based Learning Project, which will reflect your individual route.

Work-Based Learning Project

This requires evidence of work, research or volunteering.  You will have an appointed supervisor to plan and guide your work to evidence how you have developed your social work practice. The extent of work involved in this module depends on the award route you take.

You also select from a range of modules relating to social work and professional practice, and can choose taught modules from a wide range of UWE courses as well as bringing credits obtained from other Higher Education Institutions that we will assess and, if appropriate, accredit to your award.

In particular, you may want to consider modules offered by the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

You can provide evidence of your learning from other in house courses and study materials by undertaking Independent Study or Evidencing Work Based Learning modules. You may wish to use the Accreditation of Experiential Learning process to evidence your learning and gain additional credits.

The table below shows the credits that you need to achieve a particular award and the number of credits you will need from the Work-based Learning Project module.

AwardCredit TotalCompulsory UWE Work-Based Learning Project Module
Degree with honours360At least one 40+ credits in size at level 3 or above
Graduate Certificate60At least one 15+ credits in size at level 3
Graduate Diploma120At least one 15+ credits in size at leave 3
Postgraduate Certificate60At least one 15+ credits in size at level M
Postgraduate Diploma120At least one 15+ credits in size at level M
Masters Degree180At least 40+ credits out of a total of 60 UWE credits

You may also want to explore other options for learning by UWE such as the activities offered through 'Making Research Count'.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods depend on the modules you choose to study. As well as presentations and lectures from UWE Bristol lecturers, we also work with practitioners, researchers and managers with expertise in specific areas of social work. There are many opportunities for small group work and discussion to facilitate peer learning.

We work closely with social work agencies to design and deliver the course. Practitioners and managers are involved in teaching, assessing and quality assurance of the programme to ensure it reflects current developments and best practice in social work. Members of the social work service user and carer hub group contribute to the programme in a variety of ways.

For more detail see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

You negotiate your study time with your employer. Taught modules are usually delivered one day a week or a couple of days a month.

Assessment

Assessment for the work-based learning elements of the programme is through coursework, which typically comprises reflective essays and work-based projects. Assessment techniques reflect the practical and applied nature of the programme.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

You will have access to a wide range of study facilities including online materials, a 24 hour library and electronic resources.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Students who successfully complete this course will enhance their opportunities for promotion and specialism.

Fees

Supplementary fee information

For information about fee bands, funding available and how to apply, please see the fees and how to apply page.

Please note there is also a registration fee of £200.

Entry

Entry requirements

A professional qualification in social work e.g BA/BSc Social Work, Diploma in Social Work, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work. In order to be eligible to study though the scheme individuals should normally have been employed in the last 12 months, be self-employed or engaged in voluntary activity and have been working to an appropriate level in a social work role.

How to apply

Discuss first with your manager and staff development department and then apply by contacting us on ipd@uwe.ac.uk.

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