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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.
Postgraduate students from the Department of Sociological Studies in lecture theatre

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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Course content

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


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.

English language requirements

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


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.