Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

We are seeking to recruit people who demonstrate:

  • a social conscience coupled with a lively and critical mind
  • concern about issues such as child and elder abuse, social exclusion, crime, poverty, physical and mental health and the desire to do something about them
  • a desire to enter a profession that works to support problem-solving in human relationships and promotes social change
  • an ability to reflect on their personal life experiences and how this has led them to social work as an area of study and possible career

We welcome applications from people who are considering a career in social work or other allied professional areas.

You should have:

  • an Honours degree (minimum 2:2) in social sciences or a related subject area
  • a minimum of 500 hours prior experience either paid or voluntary in the social welfare field
  • English and Mathematics key skills/GCSE Grade C or equivalent

We will also consider the following Level 2 qualifications in place of English Language and Mathematics GCSE grade C or above: Key Skills, City and Guilds, OCR (via Learn Direct) and ALAN.

Please note: 2019 entry requirements are to be confirmed, however it is likely that applicants will be required to hold an Honours degree (minimum 2:1) in social sciences or a related subject area. Applicants with a 2:2 may be considered on a case by case basis.

All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel. If shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview which will assess comprehension and communication skills, commitment to personal and professional values and the potential to develop professional knowledge and skills.

As with professionally qualified social workers, trainee social workers must be physically and mentally fit. You will be asked for information about this and you may be asked for permission to approach your doctor.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Any criminal convictions, police cautions and disciplinary matters, including those that are spent must be declared. A DBS check will be made when you join the course.

A criminal conviction or a period of ill-health will not automatically debar you from the course as decisions are made on an individual basis. If there is anything about this that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us.

UCAS course codes

UCAS code name: LJM Institution code: L51 Course Code: L508

This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence. For the MA Social Work you must have an IELTS score of 7.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Qualify as a social worker on this Masters Social Work course offered by Liverpool John Moores University and recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council. The course trains you to cater for all service users in many settings.

  • Masters degree available to study full time (two years)
  • Study for the qualifying award for social work, recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Develop the necessary knowledge and skills to practice as a qualified social worker in a range of settings
  • Learn from experienced social work practitioners
  • Benefit from two key work placements
  • Enjoy a wide range of teaching and assessment techniques
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers
Collectively the knowledge and work-experience secured through the course will enable you to use the regulatory guidance and standards set out by the Health and Care Professions Council.

The course is designed to balance academic learning and the development of social work skills. There is a strong emphasis on integrating practice and theory, with the purpose of producing theoretically informed and highly competent practitioners. The curriculum is mapped against the QAA benchmark for Social Work 2008, the Standards of Proficiency (HCPC) 2012 and the Professional Capabilities Framework Guidance on Conduct and Ethics.

This is a full time course. In year one, there will be up to four days on-site study per week and in year two, this will be reduced to three days. Year one has a 70 day full time placement and year two has a 100 day full time placement with additional time to complete your dissertation. Independent learning hours vary from module to module.

On joining the programme, you will be appointed a personal tutor to oversee your progression and provide you with a reference when your studies are complete.


Formal Teaching takes place predominantly in Tithebarn Street in the city centre. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on site catering facilities.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment35
Professional practice50
Dissertation15

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)151 231 5090