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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Social Work at Winchester is a professional qualification covering the main knowledge, skills and values essential for practising as a newly qualified social worker. Successful completion of this programme makes you eligible to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The course provides an introduction to the development of professional identity and the acquisition of professional values. You discuss the complexities and importance of interprofessional working; develop an understanding of the importance of sociological and psychological perspectives across the life course; and gain a critical understanding of different types of interventions underpinned by legislation and social policy. There is a key introductory module which enforces the concept of professional, reflective practice and professional boundaries.

Masterclasses offer the chance to learn alongside external practitioners and there are strong links with partner agencies who provide both practice placements and contribute to the teaching and development of the course. Service Users and Carers contribute to your learning throughout the programme. Graduates may work with any service user or carer group across the profession, ranging from work in the statutory sector for both children and adults through to roles within the voluntary and independent sector. Taught elements of the course also take place on at West Downs, Winchester.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Introduction to Professional Social Work - Core
Human Growth and Development (10 Credits) - Core
The Legal and Professional Knowledge Base of Social Work (10 Credits) - Core
First Practice Placement (30 Credits) - Core
Professional Social Work: Methods and Interventions (10 Credits) - Core
Social Work Risk and Assessment (10 Credits) - Core
Research Methods and Evidence Informed Practice (10 Credits) - Core
Social Work in Contemporary Society (10 Credits) - Core
Second Practice Placement (30 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core

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 have a first or higher second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject (such as childhood and youth studies, social sciences, politics, law, health and social care, teaching or other professional-based courses associated with working with individuals, groups and families).