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Applied Social Work Practice: Children and Families MA

University of Bedfordshire

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Putteridge Bury campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    5 years

Course summary

About the course

If you wish to develop your expertise as a Children and Families Social Worker, this course is for you.

Developing advanced systematic understanding, knowledge and analytical skills, you will enhance your competence and management of risk, based on the values of contemporary social workers.

Duration: The course is normally completed within five years.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

  • Study and use the latest ideas and theories, and promote a culture of professional curiosity that embraces current research within children and families social work
  • Explore the knowledge, analytical skills and mental agility required in the assessment, planning and decision making needed for best outcomes while working collaboratively in ever-changing environments
  • Develop your expertise in critical reflection, bringing analytical and research-led perspectives to the forefront of your practice when making professional judgements in complex family interventions
  • Gain your full potential by enhancing your confidence, resilience, adaptability and self-awareness so that you can evaluate and plan for your own future direction and learning needs
  • Benefit from discovering how best to protect vulnerable children by making professional and well-informed judgements that are based on analysis of complex evidence.

This course will enable child and family social workers to develop a high degree of competence and professional expertise by engaging with current knowledge and developing a high level of skills for intervention.

The course is aimed at registered social workers practicing in the area of Children and Families service provision. Underpinned by the Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW 2012) and current evidence from research, this course will provide Children and Families practitioners with the advanced systematic understanding, knowledge and skills needed for competent practice and the development of higher level professional capability.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course students will encounter a wide range of assessments designed to collectively meet a variety of individual learning styles and to support them in their progress towards becoming an autonomous learner. These methods are designed to test students in all the areas necessary for competent practice as an experienced Social Work practitioner, as well as in the academic disciplines underpinning this practice. Through the use of a variety of assessment methods, students will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice competence.

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University information

University of Bedfordshire

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  • Campus address

    University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Luton, LU1 3JU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 79 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    122 71%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100.0 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.23 85%



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