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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.28k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 13.8k / Year
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  • English

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    This course is designed for social work managers who have already completed Specialist level or have substantial experience and want to develop professionally. It is also ideal for other professional managers working in community care who want to develop professionally at masters level. The course allows you to achieve GSCC Post-Qualifying Higher Specialist and Advanced level qualifications alongside a PgDip or MA.
    The focus at Higher Specialist (PgDip) 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 (MA) 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 with adults. These include team work and inter-professional practice; supporting and managing others; and leaderships skills.

    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 must complete the Higher Specialist level before progressing to Advanced level.

    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.


    * Four option modules
    You take four option modules tailored to your particular field of practice in community care; 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:

    * Adulthood, Development and Transitions;
    * Issues and Challenges of an Ageing Population: Working with Older People;
    * International Social Work: Models and Practice;
    * Substance Misuse Through the Life Stages; and
    * Professional Responses to Domestic Violence and Abuse.

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

    * Psychology of Teaching and Learning;
    * Policy and Practice in Rehabilitation;
    * Challenges and Concepts in Mental Health;
    * Understanding Childhood Experience for Safeguarding Health and Promoting Wellbeing; and
    * Developing Specialist Roles for Integrated Services with Children and Families.

    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.


    * 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)


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    * 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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