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Course Handbooks

Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.

Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Master of Arts Social Work, Level 7, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Master of Arts Social Work
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Welcome to the Course

Welcome to the MA Social Work course to our new and returning students. This handbook provides you with information that you will need to succeed on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a module handbook for each module you study on your course.

Your course team and the School of Health and Community Studies are committed to ensuring that you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the coming year. Your Academic Advisor and Course Leader are available to help with any questions regarding your learning support arrangements in 2020/21.

The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful. On behalf of our University and the whole course team we would like to wish you well in your studies.

David Mercer, Course Director and Mark Williams, Course Leader

Welcome to your course in the School of Health and Community Studies. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.

The year ahead will contain successes, challenges, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academic staff and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.

The School has a broad range of disciplines in our Health Promotion, Nursing and Healthcare, Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, and Social and Community Studies groups. Our academic teams work collaboratively, drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and deliver internationally recognised, societally impactful research.

Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable, but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through module evaluations and surveys.

I wish you every success for this academic year.

Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!

Here in the SU we’re here to support, connect and represent you! Whether it’s gathering feedback on how you’re finding Uni, running in an election to become a full-time officer or joining a society, the SU’s got your back! Below you can find information on a few of our services including the advice service, student voice and how to be a course rep. If you’ve any questions on what the SU is, how it can support you or want to share feedback and have a rant, please feel free to message us. You can follow us on social media by searching LeedsBeckettSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information.

My role as your Education officer is to support and represent you. If you have feedback you’d like to pass on, want to chat about a campaign idea or about the many things on Disney+, then you’ve found your one stop shop gal! I’m a student just like you and study Speech and Language Therapy, for a fun fact, drop me a message, you can find me on Facebook by searching ‘Sherry Iqbal’
I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU


This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

Please note that this course is being taught with a semester-based delivery (not in teaching blocks) using a non-standard 2020/21 Student Academic Calendar provided below.

It is currently planned that lectures and other teaching activities will be delivered online given the current restrictions placed on social distancing but this will be reviewed at regular activities. Alongside this, there will be some thematic face-to-face seminar support to contextualise modules taught and provide contact with peers and tutors.

Students will be supported by a programme of asynchronous learning delivered online and some in-class activities. In-class delivery will be replicated through online teaching and support. The course team will provide support online through one-to-one and small group tutorials. This will serve to support students with support and skills delivery for remote engagement.

Access to a personal digital device to enable participation in digital and online learning, teaching and assessment is essential (see above for more details). Online delivery may use a variety of platforms including Skype for Business and MS Teams. Other platforms may be used for specific activities. Support is available from the University to enable you to use platforms or software that you are unfamiliar with; you can download Microsoft Office onto your device by logging into your Office 365 portal from the IT tab on MyBeckett and you can obtain IT Support here:

Regarding PPE (personal protective equipment) on placement, students will follow their agencies’ guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of the services users.

Details of how students will be supported to engage with online content and assessment on the course will be covered at induction and detailed in your module handbooks, available on MyBeckett. You will be guided to the support available from the University to help with unfamiliar software or platforms for your modules. You will also be guided to our usual online resources, such as the Skills for Learning and the Library resources, and to the support provided by the Library Academic Support team. You will receive guidance on managing your independent study hours for each module undertaken.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

Pastoral Support – academic advisors

During induction week you will be allocated an academic advisor/ personal tutor. Your advisor is your first point of contact and will offer structured tutorials. Your advisor will also be able to see you by appointment. Your advisor can direct you to other sources of advice and support as needed. Tutors are available for academic and personal discussion on both a scheduled and ‘drop-in’ basis. Tutors also support students through their practice placements. Where there are concerns, for example around health issues, conduct, suitability or attendance, tutors will offer support and advice and, where necessary convene a progress meeting to discuss the issues or concerns.

Other Support

In addition to academic advisors, additional support is offered via a number of routes:

  • The Course Director, David Mercer has an overview of the course as a whole and provides support with University processes and regulations. The Course Leader, Mark Williams, facilitates the student experience and works with personal tutors to ensure students are supported with their studies. The Course Leader is the person to contact about any queries or questions about the organisation and delivery of your studies. They will also organise your focus groups and respond to student feedback in the first instance.
  • Module tutors are available to discuss issues about the learning and assessment process for the specific module.
  • The Placement Co-ordinator, Paula Beesley provides information and general support for students managing their placement and is supported by the Placement Unit.
  • When undertaking practice placements students are supported by a Practice Educator who has undertaken relevant training and is contracted to provide regular supervision for the student.

Lyndsey Pearson,, 0113 812 3230, Calverley Building room 518

When elected, your Course Representatives' details will be provided in class or via MyBeckett.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Kirsty Bower, Maria Kulas, Laurence Morris and Caroline Robinson.

Please contact them at:

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

Social Work group contacts

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations via My Beckett email announcements. For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Your course team is based in Portland Building, fifth floor, and your School admin office is in Calverley Building room 518.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business and MS Teams will be used on your course.

Do you need to know more about joining your online teaching sessions or seminars? See the guidance from the Library on this link: How do I attend an online meeting/seminar/webinar?

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

Course Overview

The aims of the course are to:
Provide a challenging programme of applied learning that enables students to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and values to embark on their career with a strong and confident professional identity and a commitment to continued professional development.
Produce postgraduate, qualifying-level social work students who, at the point of completion of their course, meet the Social Work England Standards and associated PCF domains, enabling students to apply for professional registration as a social worker.
Enable students to use professional judgement in making decisions in complex situations within legal and ethical boundaries and work in accordance with Social Work England Standards.
Communicate effectively with a range of people (including children and adult service users, colleagues, other professionals and people in authority) and in a variety of settings and promote a philosophy of partnership working which is effective with other health and social care professionals, service users, carers and their families.
Develop critically reflective practitioners, with the ability to utilise contemporary knowledge and theory and who can draw upon evidence-based research to monitor and evaluate both the effectiveness of their practice and the delivery of social work in a multi-disciplinary context.

Studying on this Course

The MA Social Work is an academic and practice based award over two years. You will receive a postgraduate degree but also be eligible to qualify and apply to register as a social worker. Throughout the course we will also be training you in the practice based capabilities framework, the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and the Knowledge and Skills Statements. The Social Work programme at the University has developed strong partnerships with employers and placement providers from the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. In particular, we have entered into a new Teaching Partnership with Leeds City Council, Wakefield MDC and the University of Leeds. This employer-led approach to the curriculum guarantees that Leeds Beckett students will be able to access high quality statutory placements during the course of study. The course has been commended for the involvement of service users and carers in the development and delivery of our courses. The MA Social Work aims to provide a challenging programme of applied learning that will enable students to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and values to embark on their career with a strong and confident professional identity and a commitment to continued professional development.

We expect high standards of professional conduct from all involved in the course and students are required to have Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

On completion of the course, successful students are able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically apply evidence based knowledge to inform professional capability at qualifying level.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be accountable for the management and development of self as an independent learner and a professional practitioner.
  • Critically apply a range of social work skills in order to intervene ethically and effectively and make decisions in challenging situations.
  • Critically reflect upon and analyse social work practice within the social and organisational context in order to provide creative and innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • Apply global principles of human rights in order to promote social justice and demonstrate best practice in working with a diverse range of service user groups.
  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge and a critical understanding of social work practice to meet the professional requirements and standards of the regulator.

Assessment & Feedback

On this course students are assessed through coursework, examinations and practical skills assessments. Placement experiences are assessed.

Please note in 2020/21, an alternative written assignment will take the place of an examination in view of the Covid-19 situation.

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.

Formative assessment is integrated throughout the modules on the course. Some modules have Skills Development days based within the clinical skills suite and communication suites allowing tutors and peers to provide students with immediate, constructive feedback on their skills and application of knowledge. Tutor feedback on role plays is recorded and uploaded into the student’s e-portfolio. Feedback is also provided by members of the ABEL group and experienced social work practitioners. Formative feedback is provided through class activities, such as presentations, debates and discussions, online discussion boards and through group activities. Students are required to submit regular reflections to their e-portfolios and feedback is provided by the personal tutor and/or Practice Educator to facilitate the development of reflective skills.

Summative assessment feedback is provided in line with University guidance (i.e., within four weeks). Tutors endeavour to provide comprehensive and constructive feedback to enable to students to identify and develop their academic skills. Students are required to submit a self-evaluation form with written summative assignments, so that feed forward can be targeted to their learning development needs and these are used to review and develop personal action plans. Exemplars and model answers are used in some modules to provide generic feedback to students. Therefore, throughout the modules there are many and varied opportunities for formative feedback, particularly peer feedback.

In relation to assessment feedback, there is sometimes a perceived delay between submitting an assessment and receiving feedback, as work has to be marked and moderated, before feedback can be given, but this will normally be within the standard four weeks return period.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system:

Results will appear on Results Online wthin five working days from the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your module leader or Academic Advisor for any clarification.

If a placement is failed, please see the information in the Additional or Non-Standard Regulations section below.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

The course commences with an intensive week of induction and orientation that aims to introduce the core concepts of the course and to enable the student cohort to develop a cohesive sense of identity. The course promotes an inclusive environment that involves behaving in a non-discriminatory way, being respectful of others and valuing diversity. A group agreement is developed as part of the Induction process with every cohort of students, with the aim of creating a safe space for shared and independent learning. The course encourages students to engage in respectful discussion, debate, collaborative work and research, in order to recognise and learn from different viewpoints and critically examine diverse theoretical perspectives. Postgraduate students are encouraged to identify and evaluate their learning styles and preferences and to develop action plans and Learning Contracts to support self-directed learning. The course employs a wide variety of teaching styles and assessment methods to promote and enable inclusive learning. Placement providers are offered support and guidance around reasonable adjustment, from tutors and the University Disability Service, to promote appropriate learning opportunities for all students.

Teaching takes place in multi-purpose teaching spaces throughout the University, with additional specialist teaching and learning facilities for inter-personal skills development and experiential learning within the School. Some modules enable the students to work mainly as one year cohort of postgraduate students and others include some joint teaching sessions with student peers from the BA (Hons) Social Work. In such modules it is recognised that there are shared areas of knowledge that are appropriate to be taught jointly to students at the relevant stages of their progress through the BA and MA courses. Such joint sessions enable optimum use of staff resources and expertise. Module leaders ensure separate sessions and learning materials are offered to MA students to enable assimilation and synthesis of knowledge at a deeper and more challenging level. Students are supported to develop skills of advanced scholarship in undertaking their research to complete assessments for these modules at Master’s level.

Teaching approaches include staff and/or practitioner led lectures (including podcasts) and workshops for skills development. Some teaching includes working with students from different professional disciplines to promote inter-disciplinary learning and good practice. The Children and Young People module, in particular, includes teaching and learning opportunities alongside specialist child health students and tutors in order to promote positive inter-professional collaboration in the crucial area of child welfare and safeguarding. The School also co-ordinates inter-professional learning (IPL) workshops enabling students from a wide range of health and social care disciplines to work together on themes such as multi-disciplinary case management.

Thirty days for skills development are embedded throughout the curriculum. These include opportunities to develop a range of professional skills through experiential learning at appropriate levels highlighted in the PCF, in particular, readiness for first placement, readiness for final placement and transition to qualified practice. Most of the skill development sessions are undertaken alongside students on the undergraduate course. This is in recognition of the fact that the PCF is common to both BA and MA students and both cohorts of students are seeking to attain the same levels of capability as they progress through their courses. Social work practitioners and service users and carers work alongside academic tutors in developing students’ practice skills against the PCF. Examples include activities to develop and assess communication and inter-personal skills, conflict and risk management, court and report writing skills. The role plays and activities involve scripted roles and are recorded. Students are assured of confidentiality and respect and are asked to sign consent forms. Ground rules are agreed and established early in the course, which emphasise the importance of mutual respect and support. We may sometimes use videos as promotional materials, but students are required to provide consent for this.

To develop self-directed learning, students are encouraged to participate in student-led seminars and presentations, as well as group work activities and action learning sets to promote shared learning, peer feedback and team working skills. Analytical skills and critical thinking are developed through reflective learning blogs and critical incident analyses as well as problem based learning activities. Case study analysis and experiential learning are used to integrate theory and practice and to develop critical application of theory.

Interpersonal skills are central to social work practice and these are taught through the use of dedicated communication skills facilities. Students are enabled to practise and develop their professional communication skills in preparation for practice and throughout the course up to qualifying level. Students are supported to self-evaluate their skills, to provide peer feedback and to respond to the constructive feedback of peers, tutors, service users and carers and Practice Educators. Students are also provided opportunities to develop specialist skills in the presentation of evidence through simulated courtroom and mental health tribunal learning experiences.

Electronic portfolios are widely used throughout the curriculum to demonstrate evidence of skills development, critical thinking and reflective learning. Multi-media sources are used to engage and support student learning in the classroom and in the VLE. Working in partnership with other professionals is also an important part of social work learning and students are required to engage with School-wide inter-professional learning with students from other health and social care courses.

Level 7 core modules
Year 1 full-time
Preparation for Practice - effective engagement with people
Social Work with Adults
Social Work with Children and Young People
Practice Placement 1
Models of Intervention
Social Work Research
Year 2 full-time
Practice Placement 2
Social Work Law for Qualifying Practice
Social Work Research (continues)

Year 1 part-time
Preparation for Practice - effective engagement with people
Social Work with Adults or Social Work with Children and Young People
Models of Intervention
Year 2 part-time
Social Work with Adults or Social Work with Children and Young People
Practice Placement 1
Social Work Research
Year 3 part-time
Practice Placement 2
Social Work Research (continues)
Social Work for Qualifying Practice

Full-time Year 1, Semester 1


Semester 2


Social Work Research (over four semesters) Y Social Work Research cont

Preparation for Practice - effective engagement with people


Practice Placement 1 70 days


Social Work with Adults


Models of Intervention


Social Work with Children and Young People


Year 2 Semester 1


Semester 2


Social Work Research cont Social Work Research cont
Social Work Law for Qualifying Practice Y Social Work Law for Qualifying Practice cont

Practice Placement 2
100 days - commencing week 3, running into the beginning of Semester 2


Open Learning module

Students can opt to undertake this module if the Practice Placement 2 module is failed, in order to be able to achieve the non-professional MA Social Studies contained award


Part-time students will be advised which modules they will undertake each year.

A standard 20 credit module equates to 200 notional learning hours comprising teaching, learning and assessment, embedded placement activities and independent study. The notional hours for the course have been exceeded due to the placement hours requirement.

Overall Workload in hours

Level 7

Teaching and Learning


Independent Study and Assessment




Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Health & Community Studies Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website ( or contact the International Student Advice Centre on

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Social Work England

This course was approved by the previous social work regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council. From 2 December 2019, responsibility for the approval of courses transferred to Social Work England. This course remains approved by Social Work England. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration and to practise as a social worker in England.

Social Work England’s current Covid-19 guidance for students can be found here:


It is important to behave in a professional manner both within and outside University. This includes use of social media, communication to staff and students, behaviour within the classroom or within online activities and in negotiating difficulties or problems while on the course. Tutors will monitor professionalism and address any concerns raised.

'In Year' Work Placement Information

Students undertake two periods of assessed practice that are supported by a qualified practice educator.

Social work placements are due to be delivered with placement providers as outlined below. Delivery, timing and placement setting may vary due to the impact of the Covid-19 situation on placement availability. Students will often be working remotely while on placement. In exceptional circumstances relating to Covid 19, alternative practice assessments may be considered. Students would be fully consulted on any potential changes.

Please be aware that the Covid-19 response measures may impact on the arrangements for placement and other off-campus activities and may lead to changes in what opportunities are available or the ability to undertake these.

Practice placement 1 - 70 days
Practice placement 2 - 100 days

Placement 1: normally with local authorities or health and social care organisations that undertake statutory social work tasks
Placement 2: within a statutory context

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

Students on the course develop a range of skills. As Master’s level students you develop skills of critical thinking and independent research. You also have opportunities to develop professional skills including communication and inter-personal skills, problem-solving and decision-making.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

Our strong links with local partner agencies and the emphasis on skills development in the curriculum enables many students to gain employment with a range of local and national statutory and voluntary agencies immediately on completing the course. Students have an extremely good track record of employability and every year a significant number are recruited to work in the team or agency they have been placed in during their final practice placement. The course specifically promotes the employability of students by encouraging commitment to independent learning and career planning from the start. During Induction students are introduced to the professional standards and the principles of professional self-regulation. The use of the e-portfolio in the Preparation for Practice module in year 1 enables students to take responsibility for their own learning and professional development through the course and beyond. There are a number of opportunities in this module for self-evaluation and action planning in order to identify areas for focussed self-directed study.

The two practice placements continue to embed the principles of personal responsibility for professional development through critical reflection, regular recording in a reflective journal and active engagement in supervision with a Practice Educator. In the second year the course allows opportunities for students to develop their skills in order to prepare for job-seeking. We hold a Skills Development Day, supported by colleagues from the Careers Team, specifically around employability in which students are able to practise, evaluate and develop their interview skills through experiential learning opportunities.

The majority of our students progress to employment in social work roles in agencies such as, children's and adults services of local authorities, primary care and health services, voluntary and third sector agencies, and prisons or offending services.

The University also provides post-qualifying training and education. This promotes the continued professional development of our alumni, many of whom return to work with us in partnership as Practice Educators for the new generation of social work students. Graduates may also wish to undertake doctoral research.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)

They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.


Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g.,
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.


OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.

The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.


Tel: 0113 812 8400

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:


Tel: 0113 812 8400


MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

The physical and online resources available for this course include:

  • Classroom and lecture facilities with PC and smartboard facilities.
  • Social learning spaces with individual tutorial rooms.
  • Throughout the course, experiential learning through role play involving practitioners and actors is part of the development of communication skills. Specialist suites are used for this work within the University.
  • Practice placements are a vital part of the course.
  • Online learning repository ‘MyBeckett’ which contains lectures, notices, assignment submission facilities.

Social work bursaries

You may be eligible for a NHS Social work bursary and a contribution towards placement expenses (UK students only), see:

Full-time students may receive a bursary for both years 1 and 2 of the course. In accordance with the Department of Health & Social Care guidance, following the selection process, all candidates who accepted the offer at a place at Leeds Beckett are ranked in order of priority for a social work bursary. The rank order is obtained with reference to the scores awarded to each applicant during the interview and selection process and the application form. The names of those candidates are sent in rank order to the NHS Bursaries team. Whilst Leeds Beckett University rank candidates on the basis of their performance through the admissions process, the NHS Bursaries team assess candidates for their eligibility for a bursary. You are advised to consult the NHS Bursaries team for further information.

The bursary is not awarded for year one of the part-time MA route. Bursaries for years two and three can be awarded based on academic profile and attendance (for each year). Bursaries are limited each year and bursaries for part-time students are only awarded when sufficient bursaries are available.

Students who suspend their studies or who fail one or more modules may not be eligible for further funding. Serious concerns about a student’s course attendance may impact on their eligibility to receive bursary funding in the final year of the course. This means that a student who has been allocated a bursary for one year may not (in accordance with SW/NHS bursary rules) receive continued funding. Students may be removed from the capped nomination list if their attendance and engagement on the course falls below that which is expected. Students should consult with the bursary office if they are considering taking time out from the course for any reason (eg temporary withdrawal or maternity leave) as it is likely to affect the provision of the bursary made by the Social Work bursaries.

We would stress we do not know in advance of each year if and how many bursaries are going to be awarded. The Government is reviewing social work bursaries and we do not know at present the impact this will have on future years.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Master of Arts Social Work

Postgraduate Diploma Social Work
Non-professional contained awards:
Postgraduate Certificate Social Studies
Postgraduate Diploma Social Studies
Master of Arts Social Studies

Leeds Beckett University

Level 7 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 180 credit points at level 7 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England

Part-time delivery is over three years.

City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

In 2020/21, the course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions, when possible. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning.

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

The course follows the University Academic Regulations except where noted below.

Fitness to Practise: The course is authorised to use the University Fitness to Practise Policy. Students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times in line with the Policy.

Achievement of the award: All assessments, components of assessment, modules and placements, must be passed for the conferment of the award. The course does not allow for compensation or condoning of marks by the Progression and Award Board.

In-level stage within the academic level: As all modules must be passed to achieve the target award, the course has an in-level stage at the end of year one for full-time students and on completion of the Practice Placement 1 module for part-time students. This stage constitutes the group of modules undertaken by these points upon completion of which student progress is considered and both reassessment and subsequently repeat opportunities may be offered.

Mitigation: No mitigation is allowed for the practice component.

Attendance: As well as following the University’s attendance policy, the course has minimum attendance requirements of 80% for University sessions and 100% attendance on placement for the Practice Placement 1 and 2 modules. Details of how absences are managed are detailed in the Course Handbook and the Placement Handbooks. Attendance is monitored through the personal tutor process and in liaison with the Course Leader and Course Director.

Notional hours: In view of the placement hours requirements, the notional hours exceed the usual 200 hours for 20 credits for the Practice Placement modules.

Award Proceed decision: ‘Award Proceed’ (successful completion of level; eligible to proceed to next level; the student may receive a contained award at that level as stipulated in the course validation process) will now be used for students wishing to receive the PG Diploma Social Work professional contained award prior to submission of their dissertation.

Contained Awards: Students who fail to achieve the minimum performance required for the target award shall be recommended for the conferment of a lower or the same level award with a different title (not a professional award), in line with the Regulations.

Non-professional contained awards

These contained awards do not provide eligibility to apply for registration as a social worker:

  • PG Certificate Social Studies
  • PG Diploma Social Studies
  • MA Social Studies: This option is only available to students who commence the course from 2019-20. Students who do not successfully complete the Practice Placement 2 module only, can opt to undertake the Open Learning module (20 credits) in order to achieve the University’s requirements for a Master’s award. This module is optional and the student may decide to exit with the PG Diploma Social Studies contained award instead. See below for details regarding failing placements, readiness for practice and the Practice Assessment Examination Committee’s role when placements are failed.

Professional contained award

PG Diploma Social Work - for students who successfully complete the Practice Placement 1 and 2 modules, but who do not pass the Social Work Research module. This contained awards does provide eligibility to apply for registration as a social worker (this is the MA Social Work exit route as the PG Diploma Social Work is not offered as a target award).

Placement progression for placement 1 and 2: Placement progression is assessed through the practice settings and professional requirements. The Practice Assessment Examination Committee (PAEC) meets twice yearly to discuss practice assessments and makes recommendations concerning the progression of students to the Progression and Award Board.

Failing placement: Students normally have only one opportunity to repeat a placement throughout the course. Students who fail two assessed practice learning placements across the whole course will be deemed to have failed the course and a recommendation made to the Progression and Award Board for the student to be withdrawn from the course and be credited with completed modules with the appropriate contained award. This includes students who withdraw from placement following practice concerns and/or an action plan. Students in this situation will be discussed at PAEC and a fail recommendation will normally be suggested.

The University cannot guarantee that a repeat placement can be sourced but will work with partners in the Teaching Partnership to make every reasonable effort to do so.

Students who fail or withdraw from placement will complete a Readiness for Practice plan with their tutors, prior to any repeat placement, as outlined below.

Readiness for practice: The Professional Capabilities Framework outlines a number of statements relating to Readiness for Practice for student social workers which impact upon student progression as follows:

  • Prior to first placement, students are assessed on their communication skills and ability to learn from feedback. The ability of students to apply basic social work knowledge, skills and values will also be assessed through a recorded role play and written reflection.
  • Students are also assessed at the end of the first practice placement concerning their readiness to progress to the second practice placement where more complex work will be undertaken.
  • Students who have failed or withdrawn from placement must complete a Readiness for Practice Plan as determined by their tutor which will be considered by Practice Assessment Examination Committee (PAEC). Students who fail to undertake or complete a Readiness for Practice Plan will not be offered a further practice placement. All External Examiners are invited to attend the PAEC and it is a requirement that at least one will be available for this meeting.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

Mr David Goosey, Independent consultant
Mr Karl Mason, Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London
Mrs Lynda McDonald, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett

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