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Advanced Social Work MA

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course?

All course modules enable you to apply your learning directly to your practice. You may combine specialist studies with more general learning, such as safeguarding, practice education and management.

Our purpose-built Practice Learning Suite is perfect for honing your skills.

For the PgCert, you will need to complete 60 credits; for the PgDip, you will need 120 credits; and for the MA, you will need 180 credits, including the final project worth 60 credits.

Free-standing modules may be taken as short courses as part of your continuing professional development.

What you will study

This flexible format allows you to construct a programme of study to suit your professional profile and areas of developing expertise while benefiting from exchange with practitioners in other specialist roles.

You can combine specialist components across adult and children's services, such as in the Best Interests Assessor module, with generic elements, such as supervision, professional education and leadership, management and decision making.

Teaching and assessment

The MA in Advanced Social Work offers a structured professional development pathway to assist qualified social workers in meeting capabilities and standards of practice that are consistent with the role of experienced and advanced practitioners.

It incorporates core elements relating to social work education and professional regulation, such as the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work (PCF) and standards for continuing professional development set by Social Work England and the Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and Skills Statements.


This module equips registered social workers to undertake the responsibilities of a Stage 2 Practice Educator (Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). Students who complete this module successfully will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to and including the last placement and to work with ASYE candidates. In effect, these practice educators will have the authority and capability to recommend, on the basis of appropriate evidence, that the social work students are fit to practise at the point of qualification. The module includes practice assessment.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

The Home 2023/24 fee would be £3,801 and it's a guide for International students.

Entry requirements

A professional qualification in social work and substantial current or recent experience in a relevant setting for the course.

University information

Kingston University is superbly placed for students to take advantage of London’s many activities and attractions, as well as being close to one of the largest employment centres in the world. Students at Kingston will be able to benefit from award-winning teaching quality during their studies and go onto join a global network of alumni across different industries and sectors upon graduation. There’s always a lot happening at Kingston...more

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