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Advanced Social Work Practice MA/PGDip/PGCert

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Code
MA: PGL50M
PGDip: PGL50C
PGCert: PGL50D
Start
September 2021
January 2021
Duration
2- 4 years
Attendance
Part-time
Fees
See individual modules
Course leader
Diane Apeah-Kubi

You can choose to start this course in October 2020 and in January 2021. This is because we've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Whenever you start, you'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support to do your best.

Enhance your professional social work skills and develop your capacities in critical reflection, supervision and professional leadership, so that you can practice at a specialist level and improve outcomes for users of services.

Why study MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice at Middlesex University?

Enhance your professional social work skills and further your career by honing your skills in critical reflection, research, supervision and professional leadership.

Our academic staff and practitioners bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, and our long-standing and strong ties with local authorities, charities and independent agencies ensure our courses provide the most current policy and practice in social work. Teaching staff are very supportive and do their best to ensure you succeed.

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills to be able to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work positions such as those within management.


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What will you study on MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice?

Upon completion of this programme you will have knowledge and understanding of advanced application of theories, models and methods of social work interventions and related research in social work practice as well as understanding the lives and experiences of people who need social work services. You will be able to work in accordance with the relevant Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) and the social work regulatory body’s policies and guidance, and have the knowledge required to meet the requirements of PCF for social work at an advanced level.

What will you gain?

You will enhance and deepen your research practice skills and critical thinking so that you can evaluate research and scholarship in the field and apply it sensitively and systematically. You will develop your clinical and professional leadership, and demonstrate mastery of social work skills within your specialist area.

Modules

  • Modules

    • Practice Education (Stage 1) (30 credits) - Optional

      This module facilitate your transition of a qualified social worker from being enabled by others, to becoming enablers of others, and meeting the Stage 1 practice education requirements within a particular specialism such as adult, child and family, or mental health social work as set out in the Practice Education Professional standards (PEPS).

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Practice Education (Stage 2) (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will promote good practice in your assessment of and is supported by practice-based teaching. You will also be enabled to meet Stage 2 practice education requirements within a particular specialism of adult, children or mental health as set out in the Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS).

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Best Interest Assesor (30 credits) - Optional

      This is an interprofessional module which aims to equip experienced practitioners in health and social care with the skills and knowledge required to enable you to undertake a Best Interest Assessment (BIA).

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Strengthening Mental Health Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will enable you, as a qualified social worker, to demonstrate that since qualifying you have built on and extended both your practice and academic competence and capabilities in your practice within a mental health setting.

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Professional Supervision in Public and Community Services (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will further develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to enable you to enhance supervision practices within the workplace and ultimately improve service quality for service-users.

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Critical Thinking and Analysis in Social Work (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will facilitate and encourage you, as a qualified professional social worker, to engage with the underpinning principles of critical thinking and reasoned discernment in relation to your practice and decision making.

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Leadership for Public and Community Services (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will critically develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to work effectively within the context of leadership and service development in the workplace.

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Service Delivery and Quality Improvement (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide managers and practitioners with the opportunity to explore legislation and policy directions in public and community services. There will be a focus on the impact of the practitioner’s role in leading the development of services in a way that gives high importance to quality enhancing.

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes

    • Relationship Based Practice: Advanced Intervention Skills (30 credits) - Optional

      This module draws on a range of theories and principles to offer an interdisciplinary and in-depth understanding of relationship based practice for more effective social work interventions in child and family and adult social work.

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (30 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you, as a newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) during your assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), to consolidate your social work knowledge, skills and values in your specialist area of practice.

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Developing Research Capability (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on developing your research capability as part of your professional practice within a health and social care context. You are given the opportunity to select a topic, or a concern which may be relevant to your professional practice and / or work context.

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

If you’re interested in January 2021 courses, we will provide more information on plans for teaching and learning in the coming months.

How is the MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice taught?

You will learn through research, reading and critical reflection, workshops, tutorials and class discussions. Teaching will predominantly if not fully, be delivered online.

Assessment

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You will be assessed via a combination of formative and summative written assignments, group work, assessed role plays and reflective writing based on practice experience. There are currently no examination assessments on the programme.

Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with other interactive teaching as well as larger lectures delivered online and recorded sessions available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: Course delivered fully online

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

10 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

8 hours

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

12 hours

Scenario 2: Course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

7 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

5 hours

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

8 hours

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

18 - 30 hours over the course of the programme

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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How can the MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice support your career?

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills required to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work/ welfare positions such as those within leadership and practice management.

Diane Apeah-Kubi
Senior Lecturer

Diane continues to keep her links to practice by acting as a Practice Educator to Social Work students and she has assisted the Metropolitan Police Training School (Hendon) with their Vulnerable Suspect and Witness Interviewing Course for trainee detectives.

Rahaman Mohammed
Senior lecturer

Prior to joining Middlesex, Rahman worked as a freelance trainer delivering workshops on safeguarding and Deprivation of Liberty. He also worked as an Approved Mental Health Professional and is a qualified Practice Educator.

Edd Carter
Senior lecturer

Edd leads the Law and Advanced Social Work Practice module. He has extensive social work practice experience of working in both Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services.

Niall Daly
Lecturer (Practice) in Social Work

Prior to joining Middlesex on a permanent basis in 2019, Niall worked as an emergency duty social worker for a London borough. He is also a qualified AMHP



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

Other courses

Advanced Social Work Practice (Practice Education) PGCert

Start: September 2021, March 2021

Duration: 1 year

Code: PGL50P

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