We've designed this course to enable busy health and social care practitioners to be able to study individual units allowing you to steadily work towards a postgraduate qualification, flexibly and at your own pace. There are various exit qualifications for this course depending on the number of units you study.
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Child & Family Social Work)
- Evidencing Professional Learning 1, 2 or 3: Learn to evaluate yourself as a lifelong learner and to apply learning outcomes in the complex and unpredictable professional context. You can take this unit up to three times on the course. All parts can be taken as work based CPD units and combine what you’ve previously learnt before taking our Master’s level programme.
Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice (Child & Family Social Work)
- Critical Thinking in Advanced Practice: Develop your expertise in critical thinking by using evidence from research and practice experience to inform complex judgements and decisions when working at an advanced level of professional practice.
- Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Children and Families): Show how your knowledge and skills have improved your practice capability when working in complex situations. You’ll be able to work across organisational and professional settings when using professional judgment and responsibility.
Option units (choose one)
- Leading and Enabling Others: This unit is designed for social workers who want to improve their ability in enabling others to learn and improve their practice. It focuses on working with individuals and groups to ease reflective practice, promote a learning culture and support the development of professional.
- Practice Observation Unit: This unit is designed to offer the opportunity for reflective learning through observational feedback. Regular observations of practice will feature strongly in continuous professional development of social workers in the future and this unit offers the opportunity for individuals to agree learning outcomes, carry out three observed practices and write a reflective assignment based on their observer’s feedback. Students will be required to arrange for a practice assessor to observe and assess them against agreed capabilities. The reflective assignment is marked by the university.
MA in Advanced Practice (Child & Family Social Work)
- Preparing for your Service Improvement Project: This unit will provide an opportunity to develop a focus and proposal for a Service Improvement Project (SIP) which in turn will work to bring about a measurable benefit to a service or services against a stated aim. It will explore a range of knowledge, skills and attributes to enable the student to prepare for the project. This unit is a prerequisite for the Service Improvement Project.
- Service Improvement Project: The project embraces both traditional and non-traditional forms of intellectual inquiry and relevant and effective practical management. It demonstrates the student’s autonomous and independent professional ability, within a complex professional context, to create knowledge which expands and redefines existing knowledge and/or develops new approaches to service improvement.
Find out more about each individual unit here.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for MA Advance Practice (Child & Family Social Work).
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background & Experience
This course is designed for qualified social workers who have already studied to degree level and wish to expand your sphere of practice to include new elements within your professional role.
You must also be engaged in practice for normally a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Students with relevant previous study and experience may APEL some units of the PG Dip, in which case a fee reduction will occur.
Full entry requirements
Applicants are normally expected to have at least one year of professional or management experience and a first degree or its equivalent. A professional qualification may be acceptable with evidence of professional experience at degree equivalent level.
Applicants for the programme must also meet the professional requirements set out in Schedule 1 of the Mental Health (AMHP) Regulations 2008 and hold a professional qualification in social work, nursing, occupational therapy or psychology and be currently registered to that profession as laid out in Schedule 1.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall or equivalent with 6.0 in all other components, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
How to apply
We offer a single point of contact for all questions and enquiries regarding Post Qualifying Social Work courses.
Please contact our NCPQSW Administration Team (National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work) for more information:
- Tel: +44 (0)1202 964765
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: If your fees are to be paid by your employer you should submit your application via your Workforce Development Officer so that your employer can sign the sponsor section of the payment agreement. This must take place before you can be enrolled.
If you are paying your own fees you should submit your application directly to the NCPQSW Administration Team.
Developing your critical thinking skills and undertaking independent study based on the development of your role or service will help you feel confident in your leadership role in the current environment of healthcare provision and in advance of future changes.
Career progression may lead to you becoming a:
- Specialist practitioner
- Academic lecturer
- Academic researcher.
Industries you could work in:
- NHS (hospital and community)
- Private and independent healthcare sector (nursing homes and private hospitals)
- Academic research.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.