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Advanced Professional Practice

Department of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Integrate theory and research with your social work practice to develop your knowledge and skills as a professionally capable, reflective and analytical practitioner.
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Course description

The MA Advanced Professional Practice (MAAPP) has been developed in consultation with local authorities as part of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership, to support social work professionals to continue to develop their knowledge and skills as professionally capable, reflective and analytical practitioners.

The course supports professional practice under four strands:

  • Leadership and management
  • Practice
  • Practice educator
  • Research

Each module developed for the programme has been mapped against the government’s reform agenda for social work education, and is compliant with capabilities listed in the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for Social Workers.

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    Topics covered include:

    • Interventions to Promote Change
    • Child Development and Communication with the Child
    • Introduction to Leadership and Mentoring
    • Developing Professional Practice and Safeguarding
    • Parenting Capacity

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


    Teaching is conducted through a combination of:

    • Lectures
    • Tutorials
    • Seminars
    • Small-group work and problem-solving


    3 years part-time

    Entry requirements

    For graduates, the requirement is that you must have a professional qualification and have graduated from a recognised university.

    We also welcome non-graduates who have a professional qualification and can provide evidence that they can study at postgraduate level.

    The course is not just limited to practitioners working within the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership. Practitioners from all local authorities are welcome to apply.

    Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent

    We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


    You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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