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Programme structure: Social Work (MSc) - what's running in 2017/18

All units are must pass in order to meet the professional requirements of HCPC and College of Social Work

Please see the Glossary of Terms at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/assessment/annex/glossary.html for the definition of a must pass unit

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Select from:
Social Work Studies SPOLM5102 40 Mandatory
Practice Learning 1 SPOLM5103 60 Mandatory
Applied Social Science and Law SPOLM0034 40 Mandatory
Foundations of Social Work: The Professional Role SPOLM0032 20 Mandatory
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Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Additional progress information

Students can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Work on successful completion of 60 credit points plus Practice Learning 1. Students can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Social Studies on successful completion of 60 credit points.

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