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2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

If you’re an ambitious graduate, the University of Bolton’s HCPC-approved Master’s in Social Work offers you the skills and knowledge you’ll need for a successful career supporting people in complex and challenging situations. Combining university learning, work-based practice placements and ongoing professional skills development, our expert team will support you as to learn to bring about positive changes for individuals, families and communities.

Course Details

Social work is a varied and rewarding profession centred on people. It offers careers working with children, young people and adults, supporting families, care leavers and older people, as well as those with mental health issues, learning difficulties or physical disabilities. As a social worker, you’ll work in multidisciplinary environments alongside professionals from other agencies, such as housing services, the police and health and social care teams, to empower individuals, families and communities within society.

Our MA Social Work focuses on helping you learn to use your professional judgement and build relationships, both with the individuals and communities you serve as well as with colleagues from other professions and services. Our passionate and knowledgeable staff will support you to develop the sound knowledge of social work theory, models, legislation, policy, ethics and interventions that will underpin your professional decision-making. We’ll cover areas such as the impact of injustice, demography, and social inequality, as well as safeguarding and the signs of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation. We’ll guide you as you gain key skills, values and behaviours including professional curiosity, inter-personal and communication skills, initiative, leadership, research and critical reflection, partnership working, self-care and resilience, record keeping, and workload management.

Our focus is on preparing you to become a confident, highly competent, compassionate and professional social worker. On successful completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to use your professional expertise to work, assess, plan, implement, evaluate and intervene putting the needs of people first, and ensuring their voice is central to decision making. You’ll be ready to maintain professional and ethical standards while supporting positive change in people's lives in order to improve their wellbeing and independence.

Career Opportunities

The field of social work spans multiple career options, and many graduates choose their career path based on the types of people they want to help. Social workers provide help and support directly to individuals, couples, families and groups, often supporting people who face a range of challenges such as poverty, mental health issues, addiction and family problems. As a social worker, you may provide one-to-one support such as therapy and counselling, or connect people with resources in their community to help them to overcome their problems.

As a graduate of this degree, you’ll be able to demonstrate a wide range of transferable skills such as resilience, advanced communication and negotiation skills. You’ll also possess abilities in managing conflict and exercising authority in complex situations, managing risk to self, service users and colleagues, and enabling others to achieve their goals.


This module incorporates the first practice placement of 70 days in practice. Students will develop their knowledge, values and skills in relation to working with service users. They will consolidate the skills and knowledge developed in their first year in University based teaching modules including the skills days. By the end of this module students should have knowledge and understanding of how to contribute to the work of organisations, at a social work student end of first placement level. There will be three assessment elements within this module comprising of a submission of 3000 word case study highlighting elements of the Professional Capabilities Framework, Placement Assessment of 70 day placement fulfilling the required practice hours (Pass/Fail) and the completion of a Portfolio fulfilling the requirements of Professional Capabilities Framework, and Social Work England Professional Standards and Practice Educator Report (Pass/Fail). 7 recall days will be used during the module to support students learning. By the end of this module students should have knowledge and understanding of how to contribute to the work of organisations at a social work student end of first placement level.

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Entry requirements

You should have at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in any subject (or equivalent). We may consider applicants with a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in certain circumstances. You should also have GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics. While you don’t need to have prior experience, experience of working in a helping capacity would be an advantage.

University information

The University of Bolton has a long history of providing high-quality education in the northwest of England. Founded in 1825, today it offers students a contemporary campus just a short distance from the town centre. Home to 11,000 students, the University of Bolton is ranked number one in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021). Postgraduate study is a challenging, exhilarating and rewarding advancement,...more