Taught course

Social Work

Keele University · School of Social Science and Public Policy

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum 2.1 honours degree. A professional/postgraduate relevant qualification may be considered as an equivalent if the candidate can also demonstrate relevant experience in a social care setting. In addition students should have English Language and Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or Functional Skills Level 2), have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (Enhanced and Barred Lists) check, have satisfied health checks by student self-declaration and Occupational Health referral where appropriate, and in all other respects meet the HCPC requirements for registration.

Admission to the course is via UCAS application form which is subjected to a shortlisting process. Candidates who are shortlisted are invited to take part in a selection process at the University which involves a written test, group exercise and individual interview. All candidates are expected to have some general knowledge of social services and broad social problems in addition to an awareness of discrimination and social work values. Experience of the social care sector in terms of voluntary or paid work, and/or user/carer experience and/or other work/life experience related to, or likely to be, of value to the social care sector is highly desirable.

Months of entry


Course content

Course leading to the qualification for social workers. Includes background social science disciplines and social work methods. 2 full-time practice learning placements (70 days first-year; 100 days in second year). Coursework assessments, assessment of practice learning performance, examinations and dissertation.

Fees and funding

Social Work Bursaries is a service supplied by the NHS Business Services Authority. They administer bursaries for social work students on behalf of the Department of Health. Visit the student services web page for more information

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    University based. The programme combines study at Masters-level with the requirements for the degree in social work (as prescribed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Successful completion of the course will enable candidates to apply for registration as a social worker with the HCPC. See the HCPC website www.hcpc-uk.org for further information.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Professional practice40
Dissertation15 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Jemma Sharrock
01782 733434