I am in my second year of a Ma in Social Work. Im currently resitting my placement essays with the help of the head of my course. My tutot suggested I complete the essay for the next module with his help and then go straight onto my placement rather than try and complete the research module (for the dissertation) and have a delayed placement (I'm not guaranteed further funding if my placement runs late and im a single parent so a delayed placement could cause me not to be able to qualify). He said that once my placement is done, I can then consider doing a dissertation which would give me the MA.
Im a bit confused though. I had thought I had to complete the MA inorder to qualify as a social worker but the head of my course has said this is most certainly not the case. A Postgraduate Diploma in social work qualifies you as a social worker and the only advantage of the Masters is it helps when it comes to applying for jobs. Now I know the head of my course isnt likely to be wrong but just wondering if anyone knows if this is correct?
Really not sure what the point of doing a masters is if it is. thanks :-)
Does a PGDip in Social Work qualify you as a social worker watch
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Last edited by Mezza362; 16-01-2015 at 16:08.
- 16-01-2015 16:06
- 16-01-2015 17:51
According to the government careers advice service, you need either an undergraduate or Masters degree to be a social worker if you're going the academic route:
They don't mention a PG Dip.
I would imagine that you'd be competing for jobs with people who have a full Masters, which I can't think would be helpful . A PGDip would render you overqualified for posts requiring an undergrad degree. In your shoes, I'd go for the full Masters if it was at all practical.
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- 16-01-2015 17:58
Just spoken to my tutor again. It seems a PgDip does qualify as a social worker but its advantagous to have a Masters. A Distinction in a PgDip is better than a Pass in a Masters though so a Masters isnt always better.
Basically, once you've got a full time job the qualification you have isnt very important at all but its getting that job in the first place. I shall have to see how I feel after the placement is done but I'm sure I will do the masters. I've come to do the masters so might aswellLast edited by Mezza362; 26-01-2015 at 00:42.