Leadership and Management for Social Work MA/Postgraduate Diploma

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The Leadership and Management Programmes offered by the Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS) in the School of Social Policy, provide critically aware and research-based knowledge relating to the crucial areas of leadership and management practice for social work and social care. It is designed to provide this as flexibly as possible, in order to meet a broad range of candidate and organisational needs.

Candidates can choose to study a single module; a Postgraduate or Graduate Certificate (3 modules); a Postgraduate or Graduate Diploma (6 modules), or a Masters in Advanced Practice (6 modules and a dissertation).

Download PG Dip Leadership and Management for Social Work brochure (PDF)

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Part time

Duration: A single module: 3-4 months; Certificate: 9-12 months; Diploma: 18 months to 2 years and optional progression to a Masters award, a further 12 months

Start date: Main intakes are September and January but candidates are welcome to start throughout the year

Details

The programme is designed to provide candidates with systematic understanding, knowledge and skills relating to all the core functional areas of management and ledership practice and the development of advanced level professional capability. The modules focuson different aspects of management practice. However, each module also connects with all the other modules in reflecting the key management functions - those of management of self and personal skills, provision of supervision, change facilitation work with people, use of resources and the achievement of results. The programme is available to staff from varied disciplines and profesional settings, particularly those from Social Work and Social Care, Health, Youth and Community Justice.

Candidates may complete three modules of their own choice in order to receive either a Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management for Social Work or Social Care.

It is a particular feature of this programme that any module can be undertaken on a 'stand-alone' basis, to reflect the needs of a particular leadership role or organisational purpose.

Candidates for the PG Diploma award undertake six modules out of a choice of seven modules. The resulting six-module sequence will form a 120 Credit Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate (M level) Diploma in Leadership and Management for Social Work or Social Care. For those completing the Postgraduate Diploma, there is the option to continue to the Masters Award in Advanced Practice (a further 60 credits), through the completion of a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic that reflects the candidate's area of interest.

The design of the programme is informed by the Professional Capability Framework for Social Work and will support the development of those capabilities at the Advanced Level and above. Candidates will be able to use assignments to demonstrate the application of their learning to their work setting for the purposes of Continuing Professional Deveopment (CPD) and for HCPC registration. 

Tamsin Waterhouse, Teaching Fellow, School of Social Policy, University of BirminghamTamsin Waterhouse:  I was lucky enough to be sponsored to undertake this training by my Local Authority. My time on the course corresponded with a time of great change within the Local Authority as the implications of the Comprehensive Spending Review began to take shape. I found the course extremely helpful in providing me with the tools, resources and skills to manage these changes, and to help my team to deal with uncertainty. The modules which I undertook had direct relevance to my work and had a positive impact on both my management practice, and my confidence as a manager. In addition the course provided me with opportunities to meet and network with my peers across the region. The course was well run, and provided students with considerable support. I would strongly recommend it to others! " 

Leadership and Management for Social Work/Social Care course brochure (PDF) 

Why study this course

Aston Webb building domesThe Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy, has developed a reputation for delivering high quality teaching and learning which enables students to become critically reflective, research informed practitioners. The variety of experience and diversity of background within the different student groups helps to create a vibrant academic community where mutual learning and personal development can flourish.

The Institute is located within the newly refurbished Muirhead Tower and enjoys hi-spec, hi-tech teaching facilities.

Modules

  • Managing Diversity
  • Developing Organisations and Organisational Change
  • Leading for Quality Assurance - Supervision Skills for Performance Management
  • Creating and Maintaining Partnerships
  • Reflective Practice for Managers
  • Coaching and Mentoring for Managers
  • Leading Learning for Effective Safeguarding (taught on a bespoke basis only)
  • Researching Professional Practice (Postgraduate only)

Fees and funding

Postgraduate Diploma: Part-time UK students £3,360 pa or £560 per module.

Following the completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, there is the option of progression to a Masters Award (60 credits), through the completion of the Research module and dissertation; the fee for this is £1,710. 

Overseas students: standard fees apply

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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly contact the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system at www.studenthelp.bham.ac.uk.  

Entry requirements

For Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management for Social Work, an Honours degree or equivalent evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level plus evidence of social work qualification and holding a management or other leadership role in a social work setting.
 
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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. 

Standard English language requirements apply 

How to apply

Contact Hanna Wride, Programme Administrator
Email: h.j.wride@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8024

You may need to discuss your application with your employer organisation, if applicable, who will need to allow time for study.  

Learning and teaching

Teaching for the Leadership and Management for Social Care will take place on campus at the University of Birmingham, with access to the University's library and web-based resources.

Assessment methods

These reflect face to face teaching which is characteristically interactive, guided learning and group tasks together with guided study.

Academic assessment is comprised of a written assignment per module (3000 words). This assignment specifically requires candidates to connect knowledge, values and critical analysis to their experiences of, leading and managing in the workplace.

Employability

A flexible, academic and professional range of programmes for leaders and managers in all areas of Social Work, Social Care and Health, Youth and Community Justice.