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Students accepted on to the course would usually have at least a second class honours degree in a relevant social sciences or related subject area. GCSE Maths and English at grade C (or equivalent). The equivalent of 6 months full-time work or voluntary experience in a social care, health care or related voluntary setting is usually, but not always, required. Undertaking a caring role in a personal capacity for a minimum of 6 months may be accepted as relevant experience.
Months of entry
The MA Social Work is a postgraduate programme designed to enable students to gain both a Masters degree and professional qualification. On successful completion, graduates can apply for social work status with the Health and Care Professions Council.
This up-to-date and modernised curriculum has been designed to meet all the current requirements and recommendations of both the regulatory body and The College of Social Work and will enable students to develop a range of knowledge, skills and values common to social work across a range of settings with service users and carers.
Students will undertake two practice placements totalling 170 days of assessed practice learning. Successful students will achieve Qualified Social Worker status with the Master’s award in 22 months. A Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Social Welfare represents an academic exit award for candidates who choose not to complete the qualifying programme.
This programme is for graduates wishing to qualify as professional social workers eligible for registration with the General Social Care Council or the equivalent regulatory body. The programme runs in partnership with local agencies providing social work services and users and carers, and with a strong focus on practice. The programme aims to develop research informed and critical practitioners who are prepared to meet the challenge of social work in the 21st century.
Northumbria University has over 25 years of experience in running successful qualifying and post-qualifying social work programmes. You will study with an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team, many of whom are registered social workers, with a wide variety of research and subject expertise.
Close partnerships with service users, carers, and local employers will be built upon in the programme.
The target audience for this programme are candidates who have already demonstrated a high level of academic achievement. The programme has been developed in response to a strong demand from graduates, who wish to gain this professional qualification with good employment prospects.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time24 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Admissions Office
- 0191 243 7900