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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This course will enhance your knowledge of social work theory and legislation, apply your learning to practice, and develop your critical and analytical skills as a qualified practitioner. The subject matter is interdisciplinary, derived from psychology, sociology, social policy, law and social work studies. It includes an embedded, professionally qualifying Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, which has been approved as a qualifying award for social workers in England by Social Work England (SWE) and in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Key features of the course

  • Approved as a social work qualifying award in England by Social Work England (SWE) and in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
  • Includes a compulsory residential weekend, three face-face workshops and two substantive work-based practice placements supervised by a practice educator
  • Equips you to engage in critical and reflective professional practice, according to the Standards for Social Work Education and Codes of Practice and Conduct for the nation in which you train
  • Includes a work-based project that develops your knowledge of a particular field in social work practice and leads to recommendations for improvement in your personal/work based context.

Career relevance

This is a broad qualification spanning children and families, adults and mental health social work and prepares graduates to work in a range of settings including local authorities, healthcare providers and the private, voluntary and independent sector. ​

Successful completion of the embedded Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work acts as a social work qualifying award in England by Social Work England (SWE), and in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

We have not applied for approval from the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), however reciprocal arrangements are currently in place such that any social work qualifying award approved by one UK regulator, will be recognised by the other three.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance

Duration

30 months

Start date

OCT-20

Modules

Developing social work practice is the first of two compulsory modules leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work which is a professionally qualifying award.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£9,720

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£13,230

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to have an honours degree with a minimum 2:2 classification in any discipline together with a proven record of experience of engaging directly with Service Users in a professional setting. Candidates’ experience will be considered individually on application but we would normally expect a minimum of one year's experience – either paid or voluntary – in a setting such as a local authority or a health or social care provider in the private, voluntary or independent sector.