Taught course

Professional Education and Training

Kingston University · Social Work

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree (BA(Hons)/BSc(Hons), or Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject to the course and a relevant professional qualification; or a professional qualification in social work or related profession, and substantial current or recent experience in a relevant setting for the course. 'Substantial' experience may be considered in the light of the applicant's qualitative rather than quantitative experience. All applicants must normally be working in settings which will allow them to undertake the practice elements of the programme.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course provides a career development pathway for those wishing to specialise in professional education and training within their professional field in social work and social care. The course has an applied focus: all modules include practice elements and are research informed. Your choice of modules enables you to tailor the course to suit your professional interests. The course also acts as a springboard for those wishing to continue on to doctoral studies.

Tutorial support and guidance in professional development planning is offered to all students.

Established in 1995, this programme offers a unique pathway for graduates to change career direction and advance their careers as educators and trainers. Many graduates have obtained employment as lecturers in higher education in social work departments. Others have secured employment in training and development roles. Some have established their own training companies or work as freelance/ independent trainers and educators.

What will you study

The course has a national and international focus. You will learn about latest developments and research in social work and social care education around the world and the global agenda for social work – an option module on international social work provides the opportunity to undertake a short international learning experience. In addition, you will develop the professional practice skills needed to work in professional education and training in social work and social care; eg educating, mentoring, supporting, assessing and managing others; teamwork and interprofessional practice; and leadership skills. There is a strong emphasis on developing your critical appraisal of research evidence and exploring ethical frameworks.

You will need to successfully complete two modules to gain the postgraduate certificate; four modules to gain the postgraduate diploma; and four modules plus a 'capstone' project and a related article suitable for publication to gain the MA.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/professional-education-training-ma/fees-and-bursaries.html for further details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-72 months


part time
24-72 months


part time
24-72 months

Course contact details

Dale Van Graan
+44 (0)20 8417 5669