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Full time


2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Social workers work with a wide cross-section of society, including some of the most disadvantaged and excluded people. Our MA in Social Work provides a variety of opportunities for you to develop the knowledge, skills and appropriate values to work positively with people who have lived experience of social work practice.

You’ll develop and integrate knowledge, skills and values for, and in, practice to meet the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework at the Qualifying Level for Social Workers in England and the Standards for the Professional regulator (Social Work England).

Why study with us

  • Values for ethical and effective social work practice are at the heart of the MA in Social Work course, underpinned by connection to people with lived experience of social work, research and the professional evidence base.
  • You’ll spend approximately 200 days in supported practice settings, building on your academic learning to develop critical understanding of the practice context, professional skills and demonstrate values-based practice to professional standards.
  • Teaching is provided in a block alongside a blend of opportunities to apply and explore this learning in respect of people with lived experience of social work practice and with social work practitioner contact.

Future careers

Recent graduates of the MA in Social Work have gained jobs in social work teams in safeguarding/support roles, in children’s, young people and adult’s services, and with local authority, third sector and private organisations.


SW4400:Social Work Practice 2: Developing as a professional - Core
SW4303:Social justice in practice: Context, themes and debates - Core
SW4302:Safeguarding: Law and Practice - Core
SW4301:Understanding and Communicating with People - Core
SW4401:Critical Evidence and Research Based Practice - Core
SW4300:Social Work Practice 1: Understanding the Practice Context - Core
SW4402:Critical Themes & Debates for Social Work Practice - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

2:1 degree and English GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a forward-thinking university with multiple campuses and a truly international community of student learners. Founded in 1828, it has become one of the UK’s largest universities, with almost 200 years of heritage in delivering high-quality education. UCLan offers a portfolio of over 200 employment-oriented courses, aimed at preparing graduates for successful and impactful careers. The...more