Taught course

Social Work

Keele University · School of Social Science and Public Policy

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Entry requirements

The following entry criteria must be met:

Normally a 2.1 classification in an undergraduate Honours degree. A lower degree classification may be considered, on a case by case basis, depending on other postgraduate qualifications or experience.

English Language and Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or Functional Skills Level 2)
a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (Enhanced and Barred Lists) check

A satisfactory health check is undertaken through a student self-declaration and an Occupational Health referral, if appropriate, to meet the Social Work England requirements for registration.

You would be expected to have some general knowledge of social services and broad social problems before you start your course. Although it is not a requirement for entry, relevant experience is recommended. You should possess a driver’s licence by the time of your first placement, to support your placement experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA degree in Social Work provides the training necessary for you to apply to register as a social worker in England. You will develop knowledge and experience through both university and practice settings to prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career. You will develop both the understanding, skills and competence to make a difference in people’s lives.

Applications for this course can be made on the UCAS website using the course code L501.

Fees and funding


UK students £7,000 per year

EU/International students £19,800 per year


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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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