Taught course

Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work

Middlesex University · School of Health and Education

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for the programme is a previous degree or equivalent at level 6, and previous professional qualification. There will be opportunity for students to accredit prior learning (APL), and/or prior workplace experience (APEL). For example, APEL may be granted where a student has carried out significant work or undertaken a project in safeguarding adults or safeguarding children at an advanced specialist level. Such previous work should be documented and submitted in a portfolio to be evaluated by the university based on the Professional Capabilities Framework. You may APL relevant academic credit gained at level 7 at other higher education institutes toward the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MA. Such APL can be granted for a maximum of half of the total credits required for each award.

Months of entry


Course content

These new postgraduate degrees are aimed at qualified social workers practicing or wanting to specialise in social work. They are underpinned by the new Professional Capabilities Framework and by the following:

  • Evidence informed research and practice and critical and reflective practice, linked to contemporary policy and legislative frameworks
  • Empowerment and anti-oppressive, practice, enhancing outcomes for users of services
  • Professional identity and leadership with an interdisciplinary focus and in a multi-professional, multi-agency context.

Whatever your sector or career stage, we believe the programmes' emphasis on evidence informed practice combined with a relationship based focus will be of great interest to social work practitioners.

Additionally, they offer significant career benefits as an increasing number of employers are requiring their social workers to complete a post-qualifying specialist award before progression from experienced social worker to advanced social worker level, or to management.
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Fees and funding

UK students
UK/EU Student £53 per taught credit
International students
International Student £80 per taught credit

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details