The MA in Social Work enables you to develop a sound grounding in social work skills, knowledge and values and we are committed to training you to the highest intellectual and professional standards. This innovative and challenging two-year programme has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Those who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC.
The programme enjoys strong relationships with service users and carers and a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. You will experience high-quality placements which offer excellent learning opportunities and support in practice. You will also have the unique opportunity to apply for a placement in the University’s own voluntary social work agency, the Family Assessment and Support Unit (FASU), which was awarded one of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education for its innovations in practice learning. Many UK students receive support from the NHS Social Work Bursary Scheme. Opportunities also exist for students to take part in our annual International Social Work Student Conference.
Many UK students receive support from the NHS Social Work Bursary Scheme.
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All applicants: TBC
A first or a 2:1 degree (in any subject), plus at least GCSE grade C in English and Mathematics (or equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 English or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths). You also need to have at least 6 months relevant social care experience, which may include caring for a relative, or voluntary work.
If you are unsure whether your experience meets our requirements, please contact us.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Selection Day and will complete a number of assessments as part of our selection process including an interview and written test.
We offer places to applicants whose qualifications, experience, references and quality of application (including the personal statement) persuade us of their excellence.
We are required by our regulatory body, the HCPC, to check that applicants are suitable to undertake social work training. All students who are invited to a Selection Day must complete a confidential self-declaration form outlining any and all previous convictions and cautions (including those 'spent') and any medical or health conditions that may affect their ability to undertake academic or social work practice tasks.
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.
This course requires IELTS 7.5 overall, with 7.0 in each skill.
For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.
If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.