Entry requirements

  • We normally require you to have a Lower Second class (2:2) honours degree or above. This can be in any subject area.

  • English key skills/GCSE Grade C/4. We will also consider the following Level 2 qualifications in place of English Language GCSE Grade C/4 or above: Key Skills, City and Guilds, OCR (via Learn Direct) and ALAN

International requirements:

  • IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in each component) or an equivalent approved assessment

Relevant work experience:

  • Relevant paid or voluntary work experience and the ability to relate this to the skills and values of social work and understanding of social work roles. Related personal experience will also be considered alongside relevant practice-based experience
  • Evidence of some form of formal or informal, paid or voluntary personal experience in the social care arena, and/or a commitment to ‘citizenship’ or community related activities

Extra Requirements:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

  • Our recruitment and selection process has a commitment to addressing widening participation and inclusion
  • 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
  • We are seeking to recruit people who demonstrate: a commitment to social justice; concern about social issues 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 work experiences and express how this has influenced their decision to apply for social work and the capacity to be a reflective and critical thinker

  • Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination: We will contact you directly to undertake this.
  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB): We will contact you directly to undertake this and further information can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
  • In addition, applicants will need to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions after interview. 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.
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

Months of entry

September

Course content

Qualify as a social worker on LJMU's Social Work MA, which is approved by Social Work England and caters for all service users in many settings.
  • Develop the necessary knowledge and skills to practice as a qualified social worker in a range of settings
  • Bursaries and funding support available for eligible applicants to help cover the cost of the course
  • Learn from experienced social work practitioners
  • Benefit from two key work placements
  • Enjoy a wide range of teaching and assessment techniques

Social Work education at Liverpool John Moores University is provided in collaboration with the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership. Our teaching partnership comprises four Higher Education Institutions, eight Local Authorities, three NHS Trusts and a Voluntary Sector Organisation covering the Liverpool City Region, Warrington Cheshire West and Chester, and West Lancashire.

The Partnership provides well-designed, challenging and sustainable social work education at initial and post-qualifying levels. As practice education is provided in collaboration with the partnership most placements will be drawn from the partnerships geographical footprint.

Our programme will give you the skills, confidence and ability to: work with people in a caring and professional manner, assess situations for change, write concise and coherent reports and make convincing spoken and written presentations of ideas. You will summarise and present data, work individually and as part of a team and produce solutions to problems.

The regulatory body for social work in England is Social Work England. You can read more about its regulatory body role on the Social Work England website.

Upon successful completion of an accredited programme, you are eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England.

Information for international students

Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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