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PG Dip/MA Social Work (Children and Families)

PG Dip/MA Social Work (Children and Families)

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Study mode

Full time


24 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work Families (Social Work) Children / Youth (Social Work)

Course type


Course Summary

This fast-track social work course, with a focus on children, young people and their families, enables trainee social workers to build upon their existing knowledge and skills, and develop the expertise required for social work practice.

Why study PG Dip/MA Social Work (Children and Families) at BU?

  • If you already hold an undergraduate degree and are interested in specialising in work with children and young people, this is the ideal social work course option
  • This course is an intensive full-time training programme that could see you start a career as a social worker in just 14 months, whilst receiving a Department for Education bursary in addition to course fees
  • This generic social work qualification covers all aspects of child and family social work and working with adults required to be eligible for registering with Social Work England as a Social Worker
  • You’ll have the option to continue your studies from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Master’s by undertaking a dissertation which will be self-funded
  • The Department of Education funds this course through local authorities including Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council and Wiltshire Council, with all applications being made directly to them
  • Statutory placements throughout the course mean you will gain lots of relevant experience operating in real-world settings and will develop strong working relationships with those already in the profession.

Course approval

This course is approved by Social Work England, which means you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on successful completion of the course.


Employment opportunities include work within Local Authorities Children and Families teams and all aspects of social work with children, young people and their families.


In this module you will be encouraged to consider a range of models, methods and approaches for social work intervention. This unit will equip you with a critical understanding of the complex and multi-layered nature of social work, including the challenges of practicing professional social work with a diverse range of social work service users and carers.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Students that continue their study to achieve the MA in Social Work (Children and Families) will be self-funded, with the Master’s units costing £875 each, so a total of £1,750 would need to be self-funded.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Students that continue their study to achieve the MA in Social Work (Children and Families) will be self-funded, with the Master’s units costing £875 each, so a total of £1,750 would need to be self-funded.

Entry requirements

Students will need a degree-level qualification in any discipline except social work from a UK higher education institute or an approved overseas equivalent; a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification, for example, an honours degree or a graduate certificate, or, a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a postgraduate qualification (level 7 or above) for example, a master’s degree or a postgraduate certificate/ postgraduate diploma; to have GCSEs in English or English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or the new grade 4 and above (or an approved equivalent); to show evidence of your qualifications (such as certificates) and be able to upload this to the application form - this is mandatory for overseas qualifications (please ensure you have relevant electronic versions to hand prior to submitting your application); to have a minimum of 6 months full-time (or equivalent) direct experience of working with vulnerable children, young people and/or families/carers or adults, either in a paid or voluntary capacity.

University information

Based by the sea in south-west England, just two hours from London by train, Bournemouth University offers over 90 taught Master’s courses as well as many research programmes. 16% of its students are in postgraduate study, meaning you’ll be joining a thriving postgraduate community. The university has four academic faculties, divided into numerous individual subject areas: Health & Social Sciences Departments: Medical Science & Public...more

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