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University of Huddersfield

Social Work

UCAS Code: H254

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including a Higher Level at grade 6.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in Health and Social Care.

UCAS Tariff

120

from a combination of level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A level or a Distinction in a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate.

35%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social work

**Why study Social Work?
This integrated master’s social work degree is a professional qualifying course, designed to equip you with the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to succeed in a future career in social work. The four year programme combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single degree, helping to prepare you to work in all social care settings including residential, field, day care, healthcare and education within statutory, voluntary and private sectors, as well as multi-disciplinary settings and work teams.**

The course is managed and delivered by long-standing partnerships between the University and local social work agencies including statutory, voluntary and service user-led organisations, and aims to produce practitioners who can critically reflect on their practice. Social Work can be a challenging but rewarding profession, and at Huddersfield we take pride in helping you to develop the thoughtful, considerate and professional qualities you’ll need to succeed in your chosen career in social work.

How will you learn?
- You’ll be introduced to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice within a complex and multi-cultural society, and within the context of professional and agency standards and requirements

- You’ll be taught by experienced staff with a variety of backgrounds in social care, as well as meet practitioners, service users and their carers’

- You’ll have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from Service Users and Carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group

- You’ll have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice through undertaking work-shadowing, and within your third and fourth years you'll undertake work placements in a social work or related setting to support and enhance your learning. This will help to increase your future employability prospects and give you the chance to make useful contacts in industry

- Working closely with local authority partners ensures you’ll be supported to make the transition to social work practitioners and are aware of available employment opportunities and post-qualifying social work progression pathways

The course is part of the Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership, an accredited Social Work Teaching Partnership between local authority employers and the Universities of Huddersfield and York. The partnership develops and delivers innovative and creative approaches to social work education and training for students, ensuring social workers are confident and creative practitioners with the skills required for working in statutory social work. The Partnership also offers high quality student placements and a social work curriculum that is co-developed and co-delivered by social workers and service users.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Understanding Social Work
Introduction to Law and Social Policy
Social Science and Professional Practice
Working Together with Service Users and Carers

Year 2
Core modules:
Social Work Contexts & Organisations
Research Methods and Skills
Assessing Community Needs and Developing Resources
Social Care Interventions

Year 3
Core modules:
Think Family and Strength Based Approaches
Applied Law
First Practice Placement
Assessment and Care Planning

Final Year
Core modules:
Final Practice Placement
Literature Review
Leadership Skills
Statutory Social Work: Methods and Approaches

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a wide range of methods including individual and group presentations, essays, reports, case studies, digital stories, direct observations, reflective writing, coursework and portfolio work. The nature of the assessment varies from module to module, and mirrors the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field, for example, report writing, presentations and essays.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences (HDBSS)

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
med
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
10%
Male students
90%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
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Average annual salary
99%
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Employed or in further education
67%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

42%
Welfare professionals
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social work

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£16k

£16k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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