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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

About This Course

Bangor University has a long established tradition of offering social work education. The fundamental purpose of such programmes is to equip students to take up professional posts within the social work workforce. To achieve this, the 2 year programme of study includes a suite of core academic modules and a requirement of at least 200 days of assessed practice learning over the two years. The programme must satisfy the requirements of Soclal Care Wales’ ‘Framework for the Degree in Social Work in Wales’ (2012), and successful completion of the programme enables students to register as qualified professional social workers. To enable us to deliver a programme of this nature, we work closely with Gwynedd, Ynys Môn and Conwy local authorities, who provide most of the placements for our students.

The modules and practice learning opportunities are designed to provide students with the required knowledge, skills and values to prepare them for practice as newly qualified social workers. They are informed by the QAA Benchmarks for Social Work (QAA 2016), and the National Occupational Standards for Social Work (Social Care Wales 2012).

Key features

Condensed timetable of 2-3 days per week
High level of support
Practice placements arranged for you
Jobs available at the end of the course starting from approximately £25,000–30,000 per annum

To enable us to deliver a programme of this nature, we work closely with Gwynedd, Ynys Môn and Conwy local authorities, who provide placements to our students. Our partners ask that the students they host have bilingual Welsh / English skills. This requirement is in order to meet the needs of their communities and to comply with the right to a Welsh language service under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011. This means that you need the ability to follow lectures that are predominantly though the medium of Welsh with bilingual slides and to converse naturally in Welsh with bilingual individuals. However we are not talking about ‘perfect’ Welsh (if there is such a thing!) and our students are able to submit their assessments in their preferred language. If you’re interested in applying for a place on the programme, but unsure if your Welsh is ‘good enough’, please come to talk to us. We can help assess your skills and ensure that you don’t miss out if your skills are good enough, or find out if you could benefit from some support to build on your current skills.

The University has been exploring the possibility of further partnership arrangements with other local authorities, so that we can continue to offer an English medium route on the MA Social Work. However, at this stage we are unable to guarantee placements for non-Welsh speakers will be available.


After qualification there are opportunities to take up posts in a wide range of health or social care settings, often working alongside other professionals in multidisciplinary teams. Our links with employers mean that in many years all our graduates secure employment contracts before completing their studies.


This module covers the main areas of social work theory, taking into account the different perspectives of information provided by theoretical concepts relevant to social work, evidence-based practice, research messages and experiences individuals who need care and support and their carers. It will explore a variety of social work theories, methods and models to develop a critical understanding of how the theoretical frameworks that form the social work knowledge base underpin decision making and intervention in social work practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

2.2 degree classification or higher. At least 6 months (FTE) relevant social care or equivalent experience. Grade C GCSE at least or equivalent qualification in Maths and English/Welsh first language. Offers for places on the course are based on a satisfactory face-to-face interview of applicants that meet the admissions criteria. Speaking & Listening Welsh language skills required. It is a requirement that all students accepted onto the programme successfully complete an Enhanced DBS check, and are able to register with Social Care Wales.

University information

Established in 1884, Bangor University has over 130 years of educational heritage and offers an experience unlike any other. Based in North Wales, and nestled between the mountains and the sea, the university offers a wide range of courses distributed across the Arts and Sciences. Bangor is a vibrant and student-oriented place to study, and the university’s size and friendly learning community is why many students choose to study here. The...more