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Social Work

Bangor University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Social Work

Bangor University has a long established tradition of offering social work education. The fundamental purpose of such programs is to equip students to take up professional posts within the social work workforce. To achieve this, the 2 year program of study includes a suite of core academic modules and a requirement of at least 200 days of assessed practice learning over the two years. The program must satisfy the requirements of Soclal Care Wales’ ‘Framework for the Degree in Social Work in Wales’ (2012), and successful completion of the program enables students to register as qualified professional social workers.

The modules and practice learning opportunities are designed to provide students with the required knowledge, skills and values to prepare them for practice as newly qualified social workers. They are informed by the QAA Benchmarks for Social Work (QAA 2016), and the National Occupational Standards for Social Work (Social Care Wales 2012).

We regret that we are unable to accept applications from international students for this course.

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Admission requirements

  • 2.2 degree classification or higher
  • At least 6 months (FTE) relevant social care or equivalent experience
  • Grade C GCSE at least or equivalent qualification in Maths and English/Welsh first language
  • Offers for places on the course are based on a satisfactory face-to-face interview of applicants that meet the admissions criteria.

It is a requirement that all students accepted onto the program successfully complete an Enhanced DBS check, and are able to register with Social Care Wales.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Knowledge and Skills Base for Social Work
  • Social Policy for Social Work Practice
  • The Life Course
  • Values and Ethics for Social Work Practice
  • Law for Social Work 1
  • The Research Process
  • Practice Placement 1 (100 days)
  • The Literature Review

Year 2

  • Social Work with Adults
  • Social Work with Children, Young People and Families
  • Law for Social Work 2
  • Practice Placement (100 days)
  • The Social Work Dissertation

Dissertation: The Dissertation provides students with an opportunity to conduct a small-scale yet significant piece of individual research supervised by a research supervisor. Students identify a research question, and collect and analyse data that bears on the research question, utilising an appropriate analytical framework. They then address the research question in the light of their findings. The research undertaken is presented in the format of a 2000 word dissertation employing usual conventions.

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a MA.

Career paths

After qualification there are opportunities to take up posts in a wide range of health or social care settings, often working alongside other professionals in multidisciplinary teams. As well as statutory social work settings such as children and families teams, learning disability teams, older people teams and community mental health teams, social workers may be employed in hospitals, in community development projects or with non-statutory organisations, possibly supporting refugees and asylum-seekers, or working with young parents in need of support. All out 2018 graduates had secured employment contracts before completing their studies.

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Bangor University

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We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

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Bangor University
LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
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