The MSc Social Work at Winchester covers the key knowledge, skills and values essential to practising as a newly qualified social worker. The course also allows for the development of evidence-based approaches to practice and the development of research-mindedness.
The first year focusses on preparation for a first placement and being ready for practice. Students cover the main body of applied knowledge to social work - social policy, legislation, aspects of psychology and sociology, social work theory, and social work methods and communication. In the second year students are encouraged and supported to look at practice in more depth, with a clear focus on risk and assessment; the development of analytical approaches to social work by the exploration of diversity and cultural competence, and the critical examination of the contemporary social work agenda. The second placement starts in the first semester. The final assessment draws on the earlier research skills teaching and culminates in students developing their writing on the development of a research investigation of a specific social work area. On completion of the core social work modules, and the two placements students will qualify with a full Masters award.
For full details of the MSC Social Work, visit the course page in our Courses A-Z.