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Essential preparation for your online interview: MA Social Work

This page has been created to give you all the information you need to prepare for your online interview for MA Social Work. It is essential that you read all of the sections carefully.

Important information

  • There will be no requirement for you to attend the University at this time – your online interview will be conducted remotely using Blackboard Collaborate
  • You should now have received an email from our Admissions Team with the date and time of your interview along with your individual Blackboard Collaborate link. If you do not think you have received this, please contact [email protected]
  • You need to confirm that you will attend your interview via our interview reply form.
  • You should allow up to 45 minutes for your online interview. You will also need to complete a written task online. This will be sent at 9am on the day of your online interview to your email address (the one you used to apply direct to Edge Hill University with). Please make sure that you receive this email. You will need to complete and email the task before 10am to [email protected].
  • Failure to complete and return the written task at 10am on the day of interview will prevent your individual taking place.  If you do not receive the written task at 9am please check your junk folder.  If you believe that you have a genuine reason for not being able to complete the task it will be considered as not being available for interview and you would need to make contact with the admissions team.
  • If you do not receive your written task, please contact [email protected].

How to use Blackboard Collaborate

  • You can join your online interview on any device – PC, tablet or smartphone, and we would advise using Chrome or Firefox as your browser.  Please check that your browser is fully up-to-date.
  • If you would prefer to access the session in the Blackboard App please download the app called Blackboard Collaborate TM Mobile, which, using Google Chrome as your browser, you can find in your normal app store.
  • If you experience any technical issues, please visit the help page here.
  • Your online interview link can be accessed 5 minutes before the start of your interview. Please follow the steps below:
  1. Open the link in your browser
  2. You will then be able to see the session you are joining and there is a place for you to type your name. Please ensure you type your full name and select ‘Join Session’.
  3. Each session will be hosted by a member of Edge Hill University staff, they may not be in the online room when you join, however please stay online.
  4. You can join with your camera and microphone switched off and you will be advised by the member of staff when it is time to switch them on.

Things to do before your online interview

It is essential that you have:

  • prepared a 5 minute talk on: ‘Why is the ability to work with others important for social work, and what knowledge and skills are required for successful collaboration? Provide examples from your own experience. You will be asked to tell the interview panel which sources of information you have used in the preparation of this talk.
  • researched and read about the role of the Social Worker.
  • thought about and can explain why you wish to enter a career in Social Work.
  • professional awareness and commitment to a future career in Social Work.
  • considered the amount of studying that will be involved in the programme.
  • read all the information on these preparation pages and made a note of the items you need to have with you and any questions that you want to ask during your online interview.

Your online interview

  • Please click the link to your interview 5 minutes before the scheduled time of your online interview.
  • We may be recording your online interview for training and monitoring purposes and we require your consent to do so – your interviewer will ask for your verbal consent at the start of the interview. The recording of your online interview will be stored according to the Edge Hill University GDPR policies.
  • Whilst your online interview is taking place, please ensure that you have no one else present in the room with you – this will allow you to focus fully on the interview without distraction.
  • You will be given your written task at 9am and this is to be completed and returned by 10am. If this is not completed and returned, you will not be interviewed. Failure to complete and return the written task at 10am on the day of interview will prevent your individual taking place.  If you do not receive the written task at 9am please check your junk folder.  If you believe that you have a genuine reason for not being able to complete the task it will be considered as not being available for interview and you would need to make contact with the admissions team.

What to have with you

You will need to have the following to hand on the day:

Photographic ID

Please have to hand your original photographic ID (i.e. current valid passport or photo-card driving licence). Your ID will be checked by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine staff interviewer prior to the start of the process. If you do not have suitable ID on the day, you may not be able to take part in the online interview and will have to reschedule for an alternative date.

If you have any questions about your ID please contact our Admissions Team via email to [email protected] prior to your online interview.

Original certificates (if already achieved)

There are various documents/items that we will want to see if you are successful in your online interview, we will contact you to request these at a later date:

  • First Degree
  • A Levels or equivalent (e.g. BTEC, Access etc).
  • Your GCSE certificates or Level 2 equivalent qualifications – particularly in English Language and Mathematics
  • If you have changed your name since the certificates were issued, please provide evidence of your name change (e.g. marriage certificate, change of name deed poll etc).

Please note: Collection of certificate/qualifications will only be requested if you are successful at interview and we will withhold the offer until we have verification of your original certificates.

What we are looking for

The programme you have applied for is regulated by Social Work England. As such, in order to complete the programme and receive a recognised social work qualification and become eligible to apply for registration as a social worker, you must meet a range of standards and professional capabilities (Professional Capabilities Framework – originally developed by the Social Work Reform Board, now managed and delivered by BASW).

For further information on Social Work England please visit the website.

For further information on BASW go to: www.basw.co.uk

You will be interviewed to see whether you:

  • possess the personal, intellectual and presentational qualities suitable to become a Social Worker
  • have the ability to accomplish the academic and professional requirements of the programme
  • display an understanding of the demands of studying at university
  • meet the standards required for entry to the programme applied for
  • display a commitment to developing subject knowledge, skills and understanding
  • display a commitment to becoming a competent professional
  • communicate clearly in written and spoken Standard English (to be tested through interview and written task).

Selection criteria

You can expect that the interview will assess intellectual ability and personal and presentational qualities. You will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that you have an enthusiasm for Social Work and would be likely to adopt a positive approach to work.

Particular qualities we will be looking for include:

  • confidence
  • clear speech
  • positive demeanour
  • the capacity to be an effective member of a team
  • good communication skills
  • enthusiasm
  • ability to get on with people
  • a caring and compassionate attitude
  • an ability to analyse questions and issues
  • an ability to give clear, thoughtful answers to questions.

Professional awareness and commitment to a future career in Social Work

You should have a good understanding of the knowledge, concept and skills of the subject area and the capacity to articulate your understanding. If you have planned to gain experience after the interview you should let your interviewers know. If you are to continue to expand your pre course experience please inform the interviewer.

These qualities are based around the Professional Capabilities Framework (managed and delivered by BASW) which sets out a number of areas that social work professionals need, to evidence proficiency in different levels throughout their careers – including at the point of entry to a programme of social work education. There are 9 areas or ‘domains’:

  • professionalism
  • values and ethics
  • diversity and equality
  • justice and economic wellbeing
  • knowledge
  • critical reflection and analysis
  • skills and interventions
  • contexts and organisations
  • professional leadership

You can access these at: www.basw.co.uk/pcf

Academic awareness

Success on this course depends on you being able to commit to academic and professional demands and for this reason you should be able to demonstrate clearly an understanding of the academic rigours of this course and how you will ensure assessment deadlines are met.

Interviewers will expect candidates to have a basic understanding of the theoretical experience that will be gained during this programme and how that might enable your practice experience to develop.

Do remember that an interview is a two way process and that you should treat the interview as an opportunity to ask tutors questions. It is important that you make the right choice of programme. Your masters programme will be intensive and challenging, but ultimately enjoyable and rewarding.

English

The ability to communicate clearly in spoken Standard English and the ability to write and understand written English. This will be tested on the day through the interview and written task.

Any questions?

We look forward to meeting you for your online interview.

If you have any questions or special requirements that you would like to discuss with us prior to your interview you can contact us in the following ways: