Social Work, Ethics and Religion MSocial Work Hons - 2018 Entry

UCAS Code
L5V6

Entry Year
2018

A Level Requirements
ABB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Lancaster is 1st in the UK for Social Work in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2017) and 4th for Religious Studies.  This ground-breaking Masters in Social Work, Ethics and Religion offers a unique opportunity to gain a professional qualification in social work while also developing your knowledge of the world’s major religious and ethical traditions.  Normally it would take five years to gain a BA in Ethics and Religious Studies and qualify in Social Work, but with this Integrated Masters programme you can achieve both in just four years.

The combination of Social Work with Ethics and Religious Studies is enormously valuable.  It gives you a deep awareness of cultural and religious diversity together with a more informed understanding of the conflicts and challenges of the contemporary world.  These are important elements for social work practice and the degree provides an impressive mix of skills, knowledge and professional qualification.

You will be taught by the best academics in the field and the course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (hcpc).  

As part of your degree you will gain  real-world experience by undertaking two different practice placements, in Years 3 and 4. These complement your university learning, and are an excellent way of getting to know the role of a social worker. This ensures that when you graduate you are prepared for work in the rapidly changing environments of social care.

You begin your degree with social work modules on Contemporary Social Problems and Social Work Practice which give you an introduction to the nature, origins and values of social work. You will also study Religions of the Modern World which provides an outline of the growth and development of the world’s major religious traditions. Your second-year modules include four modules relating to social work, plus a religious studies module chosen from the range offered by the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. You choose three further religious studies modules in Year 3 and another one in Year 4.

Once you have completed your degree, you will be eligible to apply to the regulatory body for social workers in England, for registration as a social worker.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Lancaster is 1st in the UK for Social Work in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2017) and 4th for Religious Studies.  This ground-breaking Masters in Social Work, Ethics and Religion offers a unique opportunity to gain a professional qualification in social work while also developing your knowledge of the world’s major religious and ethical traditions.  Normally it would take five years to gain a BA in Ethics and Religious Studies and qualify in Social Work, but with this Integrated Masters programme you can achieve both in just four years.

    The combination of Social Work with Ethics and Religious Studies is enormously valuable.  It gives you a deep awareness of cultural and religious diversity together with a more informed understanding of the conflicts and challenges of the contemporary world.  These are important elements for social work practice and the degree provides an impressive mix of skills, knowledge and professional qualification.

    You will be taught by the best academics in the field and the course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (hcpc).  

    As part of your degree you will gain  real-world experience by undertaking two different practice placements, in Years 3 and 4. These complement your university learning, and are an excellent way of getting to know the role of a social worker. This ensures that when you graduate you are prepared for work in the rapidly changing environments of social care.

    You begin your degree with social work modules on Contemporary Social Problems and Social Work Practice which give you an introduction to the nature, origins and values of social work. You will also study Religions of the Modern World which provides an outline of the growth and development of the world’s major religious traditions. Your second-year modules include four modules relating to social work, plus a religious studies module chosen from the range offered by the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. You choose three further religious studies modules in Year 3 and another one in Year 4.

    Once you have completed your degree, you will be eligible to apply to the regulatory body for social workers in England, for registration as a social worker.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level ABB

    GCSE Mathematics grade C, English Language grade C

    IELTS 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Interviews Applicants for the Social Work course must have experience of voluntary or paid work in a social service or welfare setting, or personal experience. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a recruitment day involving a group exercise, an individual interview and a written test.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

    Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 24 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 21 Level 3 credits at Merit

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    Year 3

      Core

    Year 4

      Core

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    By graduating in social work you are eligible to register as a professional social worker in England, and many social work graduates go on to work as professional social workers in social services departments, the NHS, specialist agencies and the voluntary sector.

    However, the skills, values and knowledge gained on this degree are highly valued in other careers that involve training, consultancy and research – and a large number of Lancaster graduates are now active in these areas or hold senior managerial posts.

    The Social Work degree also provides a solid foundation for postgraduate study.

    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2017 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £15,080

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

    Scholarships recognising academic talent:

    • An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study for full-time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students who achieve A*,A*,A in their A level examinations (or equivalent academic qualifications) and who place Lancaster as their firm choice. This is awarded regardless of household income.
    • An Access Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study for all UK students with household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve A level grades of A*,A, A in their A level examinations (or the equivalent academic qualifications). In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), who place Lancaster as their firm choice will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.

             Continuation of the Access Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression.

    Students may be eligible for both the Academic and Access Scholarship if they meet the requirements for both.

    •  An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.

    Bursaries for life, living and learning:

    • A Lancaster bursary of £1,000 for each year of study for all students from the UK with a household income of less than £42,600.

            Students from the UK eligible for a bursary package will also be awarded our Academic Scholarship                   and/or Access Scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.

    Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Please note that this information relates to the funding arrangements for 2017, which may change for 2018. 

    Additional information for Social Work students

    For MSW social work students ordinarily resident in England, there are bursaries available through the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Information, including eligibility criteria can be found on the NHSBSA website, in their regular Bursary Newsletters, and in their 'Ask Us' section. As there are a limited number of bursaries available, Lancaster University has agreed to allocate these according to certain criteria.

    The criterion by which we nominate MSW students after their second year of study for bursaries will be as follows in this order:

    1. Combined overall grades for all second year modules. The marks used (unless there are any accepted mitigating circumstances) will be those from the first submission of your coursework and first sitting of your examinations. The marks used will be those confirmed after the resit board.

    2. Exam grade for the module Social Work with children and Families

    This criterion results in a list of students in rank order. If there are two or more students with the same grade and there is only one bursary left then we will base our decision on criterion two. If this still results in a draw then we will apply criterion three and then, if required, criterion four.

    3. Your attendance record for the module Social Work Practice 2

    4. Conditions set out by the Department of Health, including passing ‘readiness to practice’ at the end of the second year 

    The social work bursary scheme is currently being reviewed and you should regularly check the NHSBSA website to keep up to date with any changes that will be in place for your entry year.

    Travel costs may be incurred in getting to Social Work placements. The amount will vary depending on the location of the placement but students may be able to claim a bursary placement travel allowance from the NHS or a contribution from the agency offering the placement towards the cost of travel. All Social Work students will need to pay for an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check.

     

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