Media and Communication

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 6.13 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.5 k / Year(s)  
801–1000 place StudyQA ranking:5395 Duration:36 months

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This course is designed for social worker managers who have already completed Specialist level or have substantial experience and want to develop professionally. It allows you to achieve GSCC Post-Qualifying Higher Specialist and Advanced level qualifications alongside a PgDip or MA. Other professional managers who work with children and families are also welcome to apply.
The focus at Higher Specialist level is on the knowledge and skills needed to make complex judgements and discharge high levels of responsibility for the co-ordination of social support and the management of risk. The focus at Advanced level is on the knowledge and skills required for professional leadership and improvement of services.

What will you study?

The course puts a strong emphasis on developing your critical appraisal of research evidence and exploring ethical frameworks.
You will also develop the professional practice skills needed to work in a management role with children and young people, their families and their carers. These include management decision making; creative leadership; and an awareness of the requirements of management expertise.

Course structure

The course offers a wide range of option modules so you can tailor it to your own professional requirements. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Registered social workers taking the Higher Specialist Social Work route must register for the postgraduate diploma and take the Competence in Higher Specialist Social Work Portfolio module. Your selection of option modules must relate to your professional practice and award requirements.

To progress to Advanced level (MA) you must complete the Higher Specialist level. Those taking Advanced Social Work must take the Research Methods module and the Advanced Practice Project and Portfolio or the Dissertation and Competence in Advanced Social Work Portfolio.


* Option modules
You take four option modules tailored to your particular field of practice with children and their families; or three if you taking the GSCC Higher Specialist Level at PgDip stage (in which case you also take the portfolio module). These may include:

* Understanding Childhood Experience for Safeguarding Health and Promoting Wellbeing;
* Developing Specialist Roles for Integrated Services with Children and Families;
* Substance Misuse Through the Life Stages;
* International Social Work: Models and Practice; and
* Professional Responses to Domestic Violence and Abuse.

You also take one free-choice modules. The choice may include:

* Psychology of Teaching and Learning;
* Issues and Challenges of an Ageing Population: Working With Older People;
* Critical Practice in Rehabilitation;
* Mental Health Law; and
* Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Please note that option modules require the enrolment of a minimum number of students and you may therefore need to be flexible in your choice of modules.

* Two management option modules
You choose two management option modules. The choice may include:

* Specialist Management Studies for Managers of Registered Services;
* Managing People and Organisations;
* Financial Resource Management;
* Creative Leadership;
* Managing in the Public and Not-for-Profit Sector; and
* Management of Information.

Please note that option modules require the enrolment of a minimum number of students and you may therefore need to be flexible in your choice of modules.

* Power, Risk and Decision Making in Contemporary Partnership Contexts and Integrated Services
This module is designed to promote effective inter-professional decision making and collaboration when:

* there is a context of risk, uncertainty, conflict and contradiction;
* there are complex challenges; and
* there is a need to make informed and balanced judgements.

It will develop your ability to drive and manage complex change processes working across organisational, sectoral and professional boundaries. It explores:

* the policy, structural, service, regulatory, ethical, power and personal dimensions of working with others;
* how to apply these to your sphere of work; and
* the benefits and challenges associated with collaborative decision making in practice.

* Portfolio: Competence in Higher Specialist Social Work
This module is for students taking the GSCC Higher Specialist Level at PgDip stage. We introduce it at the beginning of your programme of study and it underpins all PgDip level study. You normally complete the module at the end of the PgDip stage.

It requires assessment of competence in practice. You will have to demonstrate that you have progressed from the specialist practice level ('competence in depth') at the start of the programme to higher specialist level ('substantially enhanced level').

You will also have to evidence your achievement of the practice requirements of Higher Specialist Social work. Mentoring and guidance will help you decide on the most appropriate programme of study.

* Research Methods (MA only)
* Dissertation OR Advanced Practice Project (MA only)

* A first or second class honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject to the course and a relevant professional qualification; OR a professional qualification in social work or related profession and substantial current or recent experience in a relevant setting for the course. 'Substantial' experience may be considered in the light of the applicant´s qualitative rather than quantitative experience * All applicants must normally be working in settings which will allow them to undertake the practice elements of the programme. * Students are expected to show academic potential to study at masters level.International applicantsIf your first language is not English, advanced English language competence in the form of appropriate certificated learning (IELTS requirement of 7.0 or equivalent) must be demonstrated as detailed in Kingston University´s Admission Regulations. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B)
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