On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff and qualified professional practitioners.
- Evidencing Professional Learning (EPL) 1, 2 and 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.
- Advanced Practice in Health & Social Care: 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.
- Leading & Enabling Others: This unit is designed for social work managers 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 capability. You'll develop knowledge you can to use to inform your leadership approach.
- Critical Thinking in Advanced Practice (Vulnerable Adults): 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.
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 Advanced Practice (Vulnerable Adults).
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
You must be able to demonstrate your understanding of Social Work Practice and hold an appropriate qualification as a Social Worker in current Social Work employment or a person with a professional qualification in one of the caring professions. In addition to this we would expect students to be registered with an appropriate English or Welsh professional registration body.
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 a minimum of 6.0 in each component, 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 international 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: email@example.com
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.