Two years full-time
This course has an emphasis on research and student-centred learning which aims to develop your understanding and skills in becoming a critical practitioner. You will also have the opportunity to follow a particular pathway in any aspect of social work such as mental health, children and families, older people and disability.
This course is designed to enable you to integrate knowledge, theory, research and practical understanding and use this understanding in the field of professional practice.
This course comprises 50% academic study and 50% practice learning in a social work/care workplace setting.
Applicants should have an undergraduate honours degree normally at 2:1 or above.
GCSE: English & Mathematics at grade C or above
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 7.0 band score with no score below 7.0.
If your current English language qualification is below this level, you may be able to take one of the many pre-sessional English courses in our School of Languages.
Students applying for the course come from a myriad of backgrounds which include the police, teaching, social care, business and direct from undergraduate study.
International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.
You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.
You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.atas.fco.gov.uk/
The course is delivered using an action learning approach which places the emphasis on group work and individual responsibility for researching and collaborating.
This course provides the professional social work qualification which enables graduates to work in any area of social work practice, including the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.
When you qualify you would enter social work which then offers you the opportunity to undertake post-qualifying training to enable you to progress in an area of social work which interests you – such as mental health or child protection. One of the joys of having a social work qualification is that there is no typical trajectory. It allows you the scope and freedom to mould your own career path in-line with your personal motivation.
Our course is operated and developed in close conjunction with local social work agencies and local authorities.
Social work research at Salford is a vibrant activity and you may choose to return to complete a research degree.
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You may be eligible for a Social Work bursary which is funded by the Department of Health.
The Social Work bursary provides a contribution towards the tuition fee (pro-rata for the part time route). Students in receipt of a bursary will be expected to pay the difference direct to the University.
For full details on the Social Work bursary and how to apply for one please see the NHS Business services website http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students.
At the University we offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section