Social work is a rewarding profession which enables you to work with and support individuals, families and communities of all ages who face difficulties or distress in their lives.
Your role is to assist them in developing practical strategies to improve their situations and make a positive difference – protecting the vulnerable from harm and abuse or supporting people to live independently. It allows you to give something back to society.
Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), our MA was developed in line with government recommendations in response to the demand for a highly skilled workforce. Recognised internationally, the British social work qualification allows you to apply to register for practice as a professional social worker on completion, working for local government, voluntary and third sector organisations, charities or NGOs.
Upon graduation you can apply to work in any area of social work, rather than simply qualifying for one particular area, such as child care or mental health – a distinct advantage giving you greater flexibility in your career choices.
Grounded in practice, this course will enable you to build on your existing academic, work and life experiences in order to achieve the HCPC professional social work qualification, as well as gain a master’s level degree to help you stand out to employers.
Grounded in practice, this course will enable you to build on your existing academic, work and life experiences in order to achieve the HCPC professional social work qualification, as well as a master’s level degree to help you stand out to employers.
The course is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments in the professional practice, in policy and in legislation. The curriculum centres on the Professional Capabilities of Social Work framework of: professionalism; values and ethics; diversity; rights, justice and economic wellbeing; knowledge; critical reflection and analysis; intervention and skills; and contexts and organisations.
We aim to develop you as a social work professional capable of applying social work values, ethics, knowledge and skills to a variety of situations and contexts. Wherever possible, academic learning will be supported with real-life practice – either directly on placement or through case studies, guest lectures, and role play. The University has a team of staff who are dedicated to finding you your 70-day and 100-day placements.
Why choose this course?
Ranked in the UK’s top 25 universities for Social Work in the Guardian University Guide 2017, Coventry has been educating social workers for over 50 years.
Social Work is a profession requires the dual skills of being a critical thinker and practical doer. We will help to develop your professional identity, preparing you for a rapidly changing work and social environment, transferring social work values, ethics, knowledge and skills to the everyday situations and contexts in which social workers practise.
The programme actively involves both service users and carers within teaching and learning. We also have strong partnerships with local statutory agencies, including Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, as well many organisations in the voluntary and independent sectors. These contacts often provide placements, enabling you to gain valuable work experience with the likes of Age UK, Victims Support, Children and Young people, Adoption, Learning Disability or Mental Health.
International experience opportunities
We actively consider the issues that social work service users face in the context of a globally interconnected, but also highly unequal world. We usually try to arrange video link-ups on World Social Work Day in March every year. These give you the opportunity to learn first-hand about social work in other countries and the way social workers are engaging with things like work with refugees and asylum seekers.
We have developed a range of associations with institutions across the globe including: The University of Montreal and Dalhousie University in Canada, Laurea and Metropolia Universities in Finland, Kocaeli University in Turkey, Calabria University in Italy, St. Petersburg University in Russia, Loyola College in India, and the Belarusian State Pedagogical University. Every year, we participate in World Social Work Day in March to connect with students studying social work in another countries. Last year, we organised a video link up with Social Work students in South Africa.
We encourage attendance at a range of international conferences, where possible, like the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) or the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) International Conference, which is taking place in Iceland in March 2017. The next IASSW Student Conference is being held in Paris in June 2017.
Career prospects in Social Work continue to be good and, as a post-graduate, you can expect to gain employment locally, regionally and nationally in local authorities, voluntary agencies, Primary Care Trusts, housing, education and also charities and private and voluntary organisations. Fields of practice are broad and include children and families, youth offending, mental health, learning disabilities and older adults.
Recent graduates have gained employment with organisations such as Solihull Care Trust, Age Concern, Coventry Aquarius, Alcohol Action, Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council, Coventry NSPCC, Birmingham Sweet Project, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham City Council, and Sunbeam Fostering Agency.
There is a dedicated employability team who will work with you to develop interviews skills presentation skills and work on developing your Curriculum Vitae (CV).
In year one you will undertake a 70 day practice placement and in year two you will undertake a 100 day practice placement. There are opportunities to train in a wide variety of practice placement settings and each of the two placements will afford a contrast to be experienced.
Global Leaders Programme
To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.
The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.