MSc Social Work Advanced Professional Practice

Social Work Advanced Professional Practice for PDC

The Course

This advanced programme aims to support social workers in their professional development and upon completion provides a Master’s-level qualification, as recommended by the Social Work Reform Board.

The flexibility of this programme is designed to allows you to move from one area of specialism to another, to support your personal and professional development needs. 

You can work alongside our experienced team of academics who aim to provide structure and conceptual frameworks to guide your learning. The content of this programme is informed by national health and social care debate to ensure it is up-to-date with the latest sector developments and issues. 

The collaborative culture in the School facilitates group work to examine live case material and undertake research in areas that are relevant to your own practice.

Teaching and learning on this programme involves a mixture of classroom based activities (including some input from service users and carers). These include class discussions, small group work on relevant case related issues, extensive reading and practice based activities.

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least three - four hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact cpd@lincoln.ac.uk.

The assessment methods on this programme will vary depending on the module. Methods include a multiple choice examination, written portfolios and assignments.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

The Best Interests Assessor, Practice Education 1 and Practice Education 2 modules all require students to complete a placement. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while completing a placement.

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points. 

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may involve specific clothing, materials or equipment required. With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Application Forms for the PQ Modules

If you have not studied any modules from this programme before please use the New Students application form. Please be aware that, while it is possible to link completed modules from the former Interprofessional Practice award into the new programme, you will still need to complete the New Students form to apply for your first module from the new programme.

If you have applied for a module through the above New Student application form previously, please use the Continuing Students application form for all subsequent applications.

Pre-Application

Please ensure that prior to completing your application, you have had a discussion with your line manager and completed any internal training request processes, if applicable. You will also need to make arrangements for the payment of the course fees; for further details please see our Fees page.

Application

The New Students application form link will take you through to the University of Lincoln’s on-line postgraduate application tool, My Lincoln. Please complete all sections before you press ‘Submit’. If you find that you are unable to submit, please double-check all required fields are complete: you can check what information is outstanding by looking at the colour indicator next to each section heading – Green indicates that the section is complete, while Orange or Red show that there is still information to be added.

Important: Please be aware that, unless your highest level of qualification was issued by the University of Lincoln, we do need you to provide copies of supporting documents with your application, evidencing your highest academic qualification, together with evidence of your nationality, such as your passport or birth certificate. Applications cannot be processed without these, and this may result in you missing out on a place on your chosen course.

This will send you an automatically generated email to confirm your application has been submitted. The application goes straight through to the University’s central Admissions department for initial checks and then is sent on to the Professional Development Centre for review. You will receive an email confirming receipt.

Confirmation of your place

As soon as your application has been approved you will receive confirmation of your place via email. In the event that a particular course does not receive enough applications for it to run, you will be notified straight away and if possible, offered a place on the next available date.

Two weeks before the course starts you will receive your joining instructions pack via email.

Enrolment

Enrolment for the University has now moved online. About a month prior to start of the course you will receive an email from our Student Administration team with instructions on completing the online enrolment process. As part of this you will be asked to check and update your personal details and upload a photo for your student ID card.

On day one of your course, you will complete enrolment enrol with the University. You will be required to bring with you a recognised form of photo identification that confirms your nationality e.g. passport. Unfortunately, you will not be able to enrol without this and this could delay receiving access to university systems, including our online learning materials and the library.

Eligibility for the PQSW modules

All applicants, with the exception of those for the Best Interests Assessor module, are required to be qualified Social Workers, and have current registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

For the Best Interests Assessor module, applicants should be professionals from one of the following disciplines – social work, nursing, occupational therapy or psychology – and have an undergraduate degree level qualification or above.

Applicants should normally be employed by a service provider (in either Children’s Services or Adult Social Care) or in an education, health or social work related profession.

There is a minimum post-qualifying experience requirement for each module; this is specified for each on their individual module page.

Written Test

Applicants who have not undertaken study at a Postgraduate level before and whose Social Work undergraduate degree is 2:2 or lower, will be required to undertake a short written test. This can be submitted at any point in the application process however must be received by the Professional Development Centre, at cpd@lincoln.ac.uk, by no less than 1 month prior to the start date of the module applied for.

Analysing Professional Practice written test

Practice Education 1 written test

International students

Due to the part-time nature of all these courses and the requirements of the Tier 4 (General) student visa set out by the UK Home Office, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications from international students.

However if you are a non-UK resident social sector professional looking to gain advanced practice skills and expertise, you may be interested in the University of Lincoln’s Erasmus Mundus Master Advanced Development in Social Work programme, further details of which can be found here.

The following modules from the MSc Social Work Advanced Professional Practice programme are also validated as stand-alone modules. If you would like to discuss commissioning a tailored cohort for one of these, please contact us at cpd@lincoln.ac.uk and ask to speak to the Centre Manager.

The Professional Development Centre is based at the University of Lincoln’s main campus in central Lincoln; however we are happy to deliver at a location convenient to you. In the past we have provided cohorts in Scunthorpe, York and Northallerton and Peterborough.


Generic

  • Consolidation of Post-Qualifying Professional Development (15 credits – Core; PG Cert)
  • Evidencing Professional Learning in Social Care (15 credits – Option)
  • Research Methods for Social Care Settings (15 credits – Core; PG Dip)
  • Service Improvement and Development Project (15 credits – Option)

Mental Health

  • Best Interests Assessor (15 credits – Option)
  • Contemporary Practice in Mental Health (30 credits – Option)
  • Mental Health Practice Theories and Interventions (15 credits – Option)
  • Perspectives and Values for Understanding Mental Distress (15 credits – Option)
  • Understanding and Responding to Dementia (30 credits – Option)

Adult

  • Contemporary Practice in Working with Adults (30 credits – Option)
  • Safeguarding Adults (30 credits – Option)

Children and Families

  • Contemporary Practice in Working with Children, Young People and Families (30 credits – Option)
  • Managing Risk in Children’s Services (30 credits – Option)

Practice Education

  • Practice Education 1
  • Practice Education 2
  • Supporting Practice Learning (15 credits – Option)

Leadership & Management

  • Effective Team Leadership for Social Care (15 credits – Option)
  • Leadership and Multi-agency Working (15 credits – Option)
  • Managing Change in Social Care (15 credits – Option)

Master of Science

  • Dissertation (60 credits – Core; MSC)

Q: What do I do if I am not sure which course to apply for?

A: In the first instance, please discuss this with your line manager and/or training manager. For advice from the Professional Development Centre, please email your query to cpd@lincoln.ac.uk.

Q: My employer will not fund my place- can I fund it myself?

A: The majority of our applicants are sponsored by their employers; however we do also welcome applications from self-funding students. Please contact the Professional Development Centre for further information: cpd@lincoln.ac.uk.

Q: Is there a deadline for applying for a course?

A: We ask applicants to try to submit their applications more than two weeks ahead of the start date. This gives us time to process applications and confirm places in time. However if applications are received after this point and there are still places available then we will try to consider them. If you are in this position we would advise you to contact the Professional Development Centre at cpd@lincoln.ac.uk so we know to expect your application.

Q: I would like to apply for an individual module rather than the entire MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work. How do I do this?

A: All the individual Post-Qualifying Social Work modules offered are listed under the umbrella of the MSc Social Work Advanced Professional Practice and can be studied as stand-alone modules. To apply please select the MSc in Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work from the drop-down list in the Course Selection section of the online Postgraduate Application form, and include a line in your personal statement indicating which module(s) and cohort you wish your application to be considered for.

Q: I am experiencing difficulties submitting the online application form – what help/advice is available?

A: Applicants are required to complete all sections and subsections of the Postgraduate Application form therefore missing information is the most common reason for being unable to submit it. You can check what information is outstanding by looking at the colour indicator next to each section heading – Green indicates that the section is complete, while Orange or Red show that there is still information to be added. Once you have successfully submitted your application you will receive an automatically-generated email confirmation from our Admissions department.

Q: What do I do if my personal details change i.e. address or email (for a change of name please see below) before I have enrolled with the university?

A: Email your change to cpd@lincoln.ac.uk.

Q: What do I do if my personal details change i.e. address or email (for a change of name please see below) after I have enrolled with the university?

A: You can update your student record via our student portal. You will have access to this following enrolment.

Q: I have changed my name since my initial application or enrolment. How do I inform the University of this change?

A: If you are based in Lincoln, please bring some evidence of the change of name e.g. a marriage certificate or legal document to the Student Support Centre and they will be happy to amend your student record. Alternatively please send a copy of your evidence to us, either via email to cpd@lincoln.ac.uk or via post to Professional Development Centre, Office SSB0206, Sarah Swift Building, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS.

Q: I need to withdraw my application before the course starts- what do I do?

A: Email the Professional Development Centre asap: cpd@lincoln.ac.uk.

Q: I cannot attend the first day or a later day on the course timetable, who do I contact?

A: Contact the Professional Development Centre: cpd@lincoln.ac.uk as soon as possible. Most modules will allow you to start if you cannot attend on day one. However the majority of the courses have a minimum attendance expectation of 80% and therefore you are advised to consider this prior to taking up an offer.


Best Interests Assessor

(15 credits, Option) This module provides the qualification for people to carry out the duties of Best Interests Assessors, as required by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) regulations. It is open to professionals from social work, nursing, occupational therapy and psychology who have at least two years post-qualifying experience.


Analysing Professional Practice

(15 credits, Core; PG Cert) This module provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have made the transition from their initial professional qualification to being a professional, confident and competent practitioner able to take appropriate responsibility for their practice.


Practice Education 1

(30 credits, Option) The module is relevant for those who support, mentor and assess student social workers and others engaging in formal and informal learning or development activities. It equips practitioners with the necessary skills, values and knowledge to enable them to become effective Practice Educators. Practice Education 1 meets the requirements of Stage 1 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards.


Practice Education 2

(15 credits, Option) Practice Education 2 builds on Practice Education 1 (previously 'Enabling Others') and meets the requirements for becoming a 'Stage Two Practice Educator' under the Practice Educator Professional Standards.