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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

In this course, you will learn in sessions led by academic faculty, experienced practitioners, service users and carers. In this supportive environment you'll develop crucial skills for independent and collaborative learning. You will take also undertake two placements in local social welfare agencies. The Social Work PGDip has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), the regulator for social work, and enables graduates to register as social workers. Our relationships with local social welfare agencies are excellent. Joint projects include development, training and research initiatives. If you decide to pursue a Social Work MA after this course, you may be able to do so by completing a dissertation once in practice at one of our partner local authorities. Our graduates have gone on to work in the field of professional social work and are highly sought after by employers, working with children and families and in adult social care. Many pursue learning through continuing professional development courses and progress to take leadership roles in the profession. Only successful completion of the Social Work PGDip entitles you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a social worker. 97% of students from the Department of Social Work and Social Care were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent School of Education and Social Work graduates have gone on to jobs including: social worker, Brighton & Hove City Council; social worker, Community Mental Health; social work, Adult Social Care. (HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers of Higher Education 2017 survey).

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


19 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field.