This is an approved two-year postgraduate qualification that leads towards professional registration as a social worker.
To register as a social worker, you will need a qualification that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This Masters has been approved by the HCPC and endorsed by the College of Social Work so you can be sure that successful completion of the course will mean that you meet professional standards of proficiency.
Our course combines both practice and theory. We organise two main placements for you, the first of 70 days and the second of 100 days. There is in-depth preparation before the placements and you will be assigned a practice educator on placement who will provide on-going supervision as you work with people with a range of needs including those who are experiencing crisis or social exclusion.
We have excellent partnership with employers across public/voluntary and private sectors to provide high quality placements – as endorsed by The College of Social Work.
Theory-based taught modules include ‘The Social Work Context’, ‘Theories and Models for Social Work Practice’ and ‘Critical Perspectives in Social Work Practice’. The Masters dissertation is an excellent opportunity to explore a specific issue in social work.
The University of Sunderland has been offering professional qualifications in social work since 1997 and we have built up strong relationships with employers, service users and carers. These relationships are an essential foundation for our rigorous training in how to make a difference to people’s lives through professional social work.
Practitioners provide a wide range of teaching input and support in both years of the programme, which enables students to gain a good understanding of how theory relates to practice.
Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as a newly qualified social worker.
This course is available on a full-time (2 years) and part-time (4 years) basis.