|Part time||2–6 years||1 day a week depending on module choice, some options provided at weekends to facilitate access for those in full-time employment||
Please note: you can take free-standing modules as part of your CPPD in social work. The following qualifications are also available:
The Advanced Social Work MA offers a professional development pathway to assist qualified social workers in meeting capabilities and standards of practice consistent with the role of experienced and advanced practitioners. It incorporates recent changes in social work education and professional regulation, such as the introduction of the Professional Capability Framework (PCF) (The College of Social Work, 2010) and standards for continuing professional development set by Health and Care Professions Council.
This course aims to provide busy practitioners with structured opportunities for critical reflection within a well-resourced and research-informed learning community. Designed and managed in close consultation with local and regional employers and representatives of partner agencies and people who access social work services, the programme complements the range of development opportunities available to social workers (including in-house training and personal career planning). It also acts as a springboard for those wishing to progress to doctoral studies.
The course is attuned to the vision of the Professional Capabilities Framework for social workers, which anticipates that experienced social workers may pursue multiple routes to progression. Consequently, you can combine specialist components related, for example, to effective safeguarding practice, with generic elements, such as supervision, professional education and leadership, management and decision-making. This flexible format allows you to construct a programme of study to suit your professional profile and areas of developing expertise while benefiting from exchange with practitioners in other specialist roles.
Research skills are central to the programme and a 'capstone' research project will enable you to produce an account of original research that is suitable for publication in a refereed journal.
Presentations, critical reviews, posters, portfolio of practice, assessed practice, projects and a 'capstone' project.
At Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma level, you may select modules from the list below. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
To achieve the MA you will undertake a 'capstone' research project and produce an article for suitable for publication.
This module is co-delivered with partner agencies. This module critically examines adult safeguarding in relation to adults at risk whose independence and wellbeing is likely to be compromised through the abusive and harmful actions of others. The module will identify key factors which may give rise to adult safeguarding concerns and consider good practice in relation to responding to these in appropriate and sensitive ways that protects the rights of the person concerned. The module considers how safeguarding is an area of activity aimed at upholding adults' fundamental right to be safe, while at the same time respecting their rights to make choices – and how this involves questions of empowerment, protection and justice. The module will also explore appropriate multi-agency responses following official guidance from central and local government in this area. It is targeted at the social worker/experienced social worker level.
This module promotes an in-depth exploration on safeguarding adults and considers good practice in relation to managing responses to safeguarding concerns in appropriate and sensitive ways that protects the rights of the person concerned. It will enable participants to develop their skills in managing the safeguarding adults' investigation process and develop their abilities to chair safeguarding strategy meetings and case conferences. In particular the module will examine the means by which decisions are reached in investigations concerning adult safeguarding, ethical concerns regarding these decisions and consider the multi-professional response required based on official guidance from central and local government. This module is co-delivered with partner agencies. It is targeted at the experienced social worker level/advanced social worker level.
This module equips registered social workers to undertake the responsibilities of a Stage 1 Practice Educator (Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) of the College of Social Work (TCSW). Students who complete this module successfully will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to but not including the final assessment prior to qualification. At this stage they may contribute to the last placement but not take full responsibility for assessment or act as the practice educator on a day-to-day basis. Students undertaking this module are required to undertake a practicum which entails acting as a Stage 1 practice educator to a degree in social work student on a first placement (70 days).
This module is only available to registered social workers with two years or more post-registration practice experience. It is targeted at social worker/experienced social worker level.
This module equips registered social workers to undertake the responsibilities of a Stage 2 Practice Educator (Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) of the College of Social Work (TCSW). Students who complete this module successfully will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to and including the last placement and to work with ASYE candidates. In effect, these practice educators will have the authority and capability to recommend, on the basis of appropriate evidence, that the social work students are fit to practise at the point of qualification. The module includes practice assessment.
This module is only available to registered social workers with three years or more post-registration practice experience and who have completed Practice Educator Stage 1 or equivalent. It is targeted at experienced social worker level.
This module examines the practice of supervision in the professional development of others. It aims to assist supervisors to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to professional supervision; to foster the growth of open, self-aware, flexible supervisors, with a clear sense of the professional boundaries and responsibilities of their role; and to promote critical debate and develop thorough knowledge of the supervision models available so that students can develop an approach which best suits their professional practice. It further provides a structured opportunity for students to develop their skills in providing reflective supervision and in the holistic appraisal of professional capability fostering critical evaluation of their own supervisory practice.
In order to take this module, students must have responsibility for providing professional supervision in a practice setting. This module is targeted at experienced social worker/advanced levels but is not limited to social workers.
This module aims to equip students to mentor, coach and assess colleagues at post-registration levels. It promotes critical evaluation of theoretical, professional and policy approaches to mentoring, coaching and holistic assessment of professional practice. The knowledge, understanding, values and skills necessary for mentoring and assessing professional practice in social work and related settings are examined. Students are assisted to develop strategies and techniques to enhance their skills in mentoring, coaching and assessment of professional colleagues in different contexts in practice settings. Students are required to mentor, coach and assess colleagues as part of the practicum for this module. This module is targeted at experienced social worker/advanced levels.
This module provides the opportunity for those employed in or about to take on management roles in social work to expand their understanding of leadership and management behaviours and processes, and what these mean for organisational culture, team building, staff management, supervision and development and making decisions.
It will provide the opportunity for those in or joining first line manager positions to reflect on their management behaviours, enhance their capability in effective leadership and people management skills, and increase their capacity to be influential within and between teams. Students will identify relevant and appropriate professional examples for discussion and draw on research and theory to reflect on, analyse and improve their practice and performance.
The module is underpinned by the Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and skills statements for practice leaders and practice supervisors and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) at Advanced Level (management).
This module concentrates on the knowledge and capabilities required to successfully be a leader and manager within the context of social work organisations. It is targeted at current and prospective team and service managers and equivalent post-holders. Students will identify relevant and appropriate professional examples for discussion and draw on research and theory to reflect on, analyse and improve their practice and performance.
This module is required for students undertaking studies at masters level and is normally taken after achieving postgraduate diploma Level. The module will provide you with the experience of utilising principles of research and academic writing and thus demonstrate the intellectual skills learnt on the course. You are expected to review critically research and to evaluate the evidence underpinning your own practice. The module will provide you with the opportunity to implement the knowledge and skills developed during the previous modules by conducting research focused on a topic of your choice related to your area of practice with the support of a research supervisor. The module will enhance your presentation and publication skills as the assessment will include writing an abstract, presenting a poster and writing an article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
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.