Social Work MSW
If you are a graduate looking to gain a professional qualification in social work and eligibility to apply for entry onto the HCPC register of qualified social workers, this two-year course is ideal. Studying at masters level will give you the opportunity to analyse social work in depth and develop your skills by critically examining the research evidence that forms best practice.
The course is underpinned by College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and will enable you to meet the Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England.
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What will you study?
You will become equipped with the core knowledge, skills and values required for social work practice. On this generic programme you will learn about effective approaches to work with children and their families and adults at risk (including older adults, and mental health social work practice). You will study legal, policy and ethical frameworks for social work practice; human development; social work methods of assessment and intervention.
Emphasis is placed from the start of the programme on learning skills for social work practice. You will first undertake a Readiness for Direct Practice module in our state-of-the-art Practice Learning Skills Suite. This is followed by two contrasting placements of 70 days and 100 days. A specialist practice interest module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in depth study in a chosen area of special interest and can be taken in a national or international setting.
Individual and group presentations, essays, exams, case studies, practice assessment, final project.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
- Readiness for Direct Practice
- First Placement 1 (70 days)
- Final Placement 2 (100 days)
- Assessment and Intervention
- Human Development and the Social Environment
- Applied Social Work Practice
- Legal, Ethical and Policy Frameworks for Social Work Practice
- Specialist Practice Interest
- Independent Study: A Capstone Project
Learn a language
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Find out more about Social Work MSW
We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.
A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here
Details of terms dates for this course can be found here
For further information:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5490