MA Social Work interview day

Thank you for signing up to attend for interview for the MA in Social Work at the University of Sheffield. Below you will find further information on what to expect on your interview day.

Postgraduate open day

Your interview will take place as stipulated on your invite to interview and email booking confirmation. Please do take note of the date, time and venue of your interview.

You will need to arrive by 9.00 am on the date of your interview, if you are delayed for any reason please do contact us as soon as possible, as this could affect your ability to undertake and complete our compulsory interview process: Tel - 0114 222 6402 or email: t.marshall@sheffield.ac.uk

There will be various exercises taking place as part of the interview process and so it is likely that there will be some waiting around for most of the day. It can be difficult to predict when you will complete all of these activities and thus we cannot provide you with a firm finishing time for travel purposes.

Furthermore, whilst light refreshments will be provided for applicants such as tea, coffee, juice and biscuits, it may be advisable to bring along your own snack, or lunch.

The latest finish time will be 4.30pm. The day will most likely finish earlier than this but please be aware that finishing times are dictated by the number of applicants on the day. 

Please note that no offer of a place on the course can be made without you undertaking the four main assessment activities listed below, in addition to completion of three pieces of documentation; health declaration, Crime Reports and Criminal Offences self-declaration form and an basic ICT competencies form.

Main panel interview

The main interview will last for approximately 30 minutes and is designed to assess your understanding of the role of social work, whether your personal skills and qualities are compatible with those needed to be a successful social worker, and if you have the potential to work in a demanding and challenging environment. It will normally be chaired by an academic member of staff, together with a service user and a representative from a service provider.

Speed interviews

You will also take part in a speed interview exercise with up to six service users. This session is fun and light-hearted and designed to assess your abilities.

Written test

You will be required to undertake a written test that will last for 1 hour and requires no preparation. It will take place around lunchtime on the day of your interview.

The written test will consist of an essay style question and is designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your literacy skills, the capacity for critical reflection and balanced judgement.

Role play

The role play is a group activity where candidates will assume the roles of different service users or carers. This exercise has been especially designed to explore the candidate's ability to communicate, advocate, make decisions and partake in collaborative discussions with others.

**Please Note** if you have any specific needs or requirements for the interview or written test we need to know so we can accommodate these in advance of the interview day. For instance, if you receive extra time in examinations, or require a laptop, we need to know this. Failure to provide this information may prevent you being able to complete the selection process.

 
Documentation

On the day we will also require you to complete three pieces of documentation: Health declaration. Crime Reports and Criminal Offences self-declaration form. Please be aware that certain types of serious criminal convictions may prevent you following a career in social work. Should you be offered a place on our course, you will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring check at the start of your studies. You will be asked to complete a full Enhanced Disclosure and Barring check form during the introductory week of the course. Basic ICT Competencies form which asks about ability to complete basic tasks such as word processing, internet browsing and email.

You should arrange to arrive in good time and be prepared to undertake the above activities.

If you are unavailable for the date you have chosen then you must contact the Department of Sociological Studies as soon as possible, at sociologicalstudies-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk or telephone 0114 222 6473 to see whether an alternative date can be arranged. Please note that due to the high number of applications we are unable to guarantee to re-schedule your interview.

Frequently asked questions
Who will interview me? The interview panel is normally chaired by an academic member of staff who will be assisted by a service user and a representative from a service provider.
What is the purpose of the health declaration? We are required by the HCPC to ask all prospective social work students to make an initial health declaration.
What is the purpose of the criminal records declaration? The application process for the MA Social Work programme requires all applicants to state whether they have any criminal convictions. This includes any spent convictions, cautions (including verbal cautions and reprimands), and/or bind-over orders. The information you provide will be treated in strict confidence and will be carefully considered in the context of the University’s duty of care to its students and staff and the HCPC guidance on suitability for social work. Please be aware that certain types of serious criminal convictions may prevent you following a career in social work.
What do I do if I sign up to a time and then find I cannot attend? We receive a very high number of excellent applications to the MA in Social Work. If you find you cannot attend an interview which you have signed up for you can contact us at sociologicalstudies-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk and we may be able to arrange an alternative date though we cannot guarantee to be able to offer you an alternative appointment.
Why do you require me to undertake a written test? We require all interviewees to the postgraduate MA in Social Work to undertake a written test. This is designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your literacy skills, the capacity for critical reflection and balanced judgement.

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