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PG Dip/MA Social Work (Children and Families)

PG Dip/MA Social Work (Children and Families)

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, will enable trainee social workers to build upon their existing knowledge and skills, and develop the expertise required for social work practice. The programme is a generic social work qualification covering all aspects of Child and Family Social Work and working with Adults required for Graduates to be eligible for registering with Social Work England as a Social Worker.

The Department of Education funds this course through a cluster of local authorities which includes Bournemouth, Poole and Wiltshire, with all applications being made directly to them. 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.

This course gives you the opportunity to study in a high-profile and nationally recognised department and benefit from direct access to research active and internationally linked academic staff. 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.


You will undertake two work placements as part of this course. During the placement you will be expected to integrate theory and practice and to complete a practice learning portfolio. The practice learning placement will facilitate the development of your social work skills, knowledge, critical analysis and evidence-based application of knowledge.

The wide range of placements include social work teams delivering services to children and families, hospital social work teams, residential and day care settings, drug and alcohol services, mental health services, supported housing and homelessness schemes and projects for young people experiencing home and school difficulties.


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

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


14 months

Start date



In this module you will gain essential practice experiences required in meeting the regulations of the professional body.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants must have one of the following in any discipline except social work from a UK higher education institution (or an approved overseas equivalent): a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification, for example, a degree with honours or a graduate certificate; a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above), for example, a Master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Applicants must also: have GCSEs in English or English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or approved equivalent); have a minimum of 6 months experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people or families; and live in England.

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 postgrad community. The University has four academic faculties, divided into numerous individual schools: Health & Social Sciences Departments: Human Sciences & Public Health,...more

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