Taught course

Social Work (Children and Families)

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a 2:1 degree in any subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

This new, fast-track social work course focusing on children, young people and their families will enable trainee social workers to build upon their existing knowledge and skills, and develop the expertise required for social work practice.

The Department of Education will be funding this course through a cluster of local authorities which includes Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole and Wiltshire, with all applications being made directly to them. You’ll have the option to continue your studies from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Master’s by undertaking a dissertation which will be self-funded.

This course gives you the opportunity to study in a high-profile and nationally recognised department and benefit from direct access to research active and internationally linked academic staff. If you already hold an undergraduate degree and are interested in specialising in work with children and young people, this is the ideal social work course option.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work are funded by the Department for Education.

Trainees will receive a bursary of £19,833 for the duration of the course.

Students that continue their study to achieve the MA in Social Work (Children and Families) will be self-funded, with the Master's units costing £875 each, so a total of £1,750 would need to be self-funded.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months


full time
14 months

Course contact details

Future Students Enquiry Team
+44 (0)1202 961 916