Social Work (MA)
Welcome to the MA in Social Work at Cardiff University, which is based in Cardiff School of Social Sciences, where social work education and research have a long history at Cardiff. Since September 2005, following recent major reform of social work education, the University has offered education and training for the new professional award of Master's degree in Social Work. On successful completion of this award, students will be entitled to use the protected title of ‘social worker’.
- Excellent staff/student relationships
- Excellent partnerships with social care providers
- Strong tradition of research and scholarship. All social work teaching staff are active researchers and experienced practitioners
- 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
- 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
- Bursary opportunities for all direct-entry students and course fees paid
- 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 or Germany)
The programme aims to provide:
- An educational experience which ensures that all students are able to address and critically engage with the formal knowledge base underpinning social work practice
- The basic professional training in social work to meet the requirements set by the Care Council for Wales
- A programme of study that develops the knowledge, skills and values required for effective anti-discriminatory practice in a diverse society
- Develop students’ personal and intellectual qualities so that they are able to respond effectively to changes in society and social work practice
- Prepare students for employment and lay the foundations for continuing professional development
Intake in 2010: 48
The School of Social Sciences also offers post-qualifying study for experienced social workers: the MSc in Advanced Social Work and the professional Doctorate in Social Work.
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 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.
Applications are invited from both direct entry and employer-supported:
- Graduates with a relevant degree awarded at 2ii or above.
- Non-graduates over the age of 25 with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience and evidence of degree equivalent academic capacity.
In accordance with Care Council for Wales programme approval criteria, at selection, all applicants will need to refer to relevant social care experience and to evidence Key Skills of communication and number (numeracy) at Level 2 (GCSE A-C) or equivalent
The programme will comprise 100 days of university based teaching and 100 days of agency based assessed practice learning in each of Years One and Two. 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
- Area of particular practice — one of be chosen from Social Work with Children, Young People and Adults; and Social Work with Adults
Fees and funding
Most, but not all the tuition fees are paid by the Care Council for Wales. There is a bursary to help with living expenses during the course. See frequently asked questions for more details.
- Teresa de Villiers
- Jonathan Scourfield
- Sally Holland
- Andy Pithouse
- Lesley Noaks
- Alyson Rees
- Dolores Davey
- Aled Jones
- Colin Young
- Steven Stanley
- John Richardson
- Paul Lodge
- Abyd Quinn Aziz
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including essays, project work, case studies etc. Agency based practice learning is examined and a ‘a pass recommendation by the designated practice assessor is required together with a pass in academic work.
Applications should be made through UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) at http://www.ucas.ac.uk or by telephoning 01242-544610.