Taught course

Social Work

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Health, Education and Medical Sciences

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Entry requirements

A first degree with honours at a minimum final classification of Upper Second (2:1) preferred.

3 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level), or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

To receive an offer of a place on this course you must be successful at interview. An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will also be required.

A minimum of six months experience of working within social work or social care that allows for the successful completion of a pre-interview written task designed to evidence a satisfactory level of preparation for assessed practice.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Social Work is a full-time, two-year course which gives you eligibility to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Applicants will normally be required to hold at least a second class undergraduate degree, preferably in a subject relevant to the social work curriculum and to have at least six months relevant work experience.

Practice placements run alongside academic teaching throughout the year. Therefore, a typical weekly pattern is one day in the University (attending lectures, seminars and workshops), three/four days in placement and, where possible, a day of independent study. You will attend the university for one day per week as well as undertake a 100-day practice placement during each year of study. These practice placements will be in contrasting settings, one of which will involve statutory intervention.

The MA is a professional social work qualification which will give you with the necessary knowledge, values and transferable skills to enable you to seek employment as a newly qualified social worker (NQSW) in any sector of adult or children and families social work.

Information for international students

International applicants will be required to demonstrate a standard of English language (IELTS) at Level 7.0 (including written English).

Fees and funding

Local authorities, independent, voluntary or private. More information about fees can be found on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Professional accreditation: The MA Social Work is approved by the General Social Care Council as a professional qualification in social work and students on the MA Social Work must meet the requirements for inclusion in the student section of the Social Care Register.

Course contact details

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