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PgDip Social Work (Step Up to Social Work)

PgDip Social Work (Step Up to Social Work)

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Step Up to Social Work is a fast-track, nationally recognised and fully funded social work training programme. Designed to support highly skilled graduates into children’s social care, this 14-month programme will immerse you in the challenging world of social work and lay the foundations for your future career. If you’re interested in a career change, this programme will give you the tools to succeed.

You’ll gain hands-on experience throughout the programme from learning from, real-world experiences while on placement and from expert practitioners and academics in the classroom. You’ll even have the opportunity to contribute to best practice in social work upon completion of the programme. The programme is one of the only Step Up to Social Work programmes in the country that funds its graduates to complete a research project and gain a Master’s degree, giving you the opportunity to develop your research skills and gain a higher qualification.

Step Up is employer-led, delivered by the West London Social Work Partnership on behalf of the Department for Education together with the University of Hertfordshire.

The programme offers you a 14-month postgraduate diploma, enabling you to register as a qualified social worker upon completion. You’ll also have the opportunity to achieve a master’s degree in social work by undertaking a dissertation module at the end of the programme.

This challenging course will prepare you for a career in the field of social work. We are proud of our 100% employment rates of our graduates within West London upon completion of the programme.


This module is constituted of 15 mandatory skills days, delivered throughout the three phases of the programme. It consolidates students? theoretical learning and develop their skills for practice. A range of practitioners, guest lecturers and experts by experience will facilitate these sessions, supported by academic staff, and students will receive developmental feedback throughout. Teaching and learning activities are designed to promote active, experiential learning in an environment that is risk-free, through the use of role play, case studies, simulations and group work. This module will develop skills in line with the requirements of the professional regulator, the PCF and the KSS, and is designed to complement teaching on the academic and placement modules.

Tuition fees

UK fees
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International fees
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Entry requirements

Normal entry requirements for the programme are: 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.

University information

​Master your dream At Herts, the university offers a huge variety of postgraduate courses covering everything from animation to environmental management. It offers flexible study options to suit a student’s lifestyle, fantastic links to business and expert guidance every step of the way. Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Employment prospects: 91.5% of postgraduates are in work or further study* Industry connections: Links...more

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