MA in Social Work
This course will enhance your knowledge of social work theory and legislation, apply your learning to practice, and then develop your critical and analytical skills as a qualified practitioner. The subject matter is interdisciplinary, derived from psychology, sociology, social policy, law and social work studies. It includes an embedded, professionally-qualifying Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work.
Key features of the course
• The embedded Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work is a qualifying award for social workers in England and in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
• Includes a residential weekend, face-to-face workshops and two substantive work-based practice placements and a project that is of immediate and clear benefit to local practice
• Equips you to engage in critical and reflective professional practice, according to the Standards for social work education and Codes of Practice and Conduct for the nation in which you train
• Explores how to disseminate your discoveries to others and how your improved practice might be shared more widely
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive skills
• Practical and professional skills
• Key skills
On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Master of Arts in Social Work, entitling you to use the letters MA Soc SW (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.
Recognition in your country
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.
You can apply for credit transfer towards the Masters degree in Social Work if you hold a qualifying Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work which meets the requirements of the social work regulator (the HCPC) for a qualifying award. It must have been completed within the last 4 years and equate to at least 120 credits at Masters level (FHEQ level 7, SCQF level 11).
Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.