Taught course

Advanced Social Work Practice

Nottingham Trent University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You will need a professional social work qualification. This may be a Social Work degree, Diploma in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or their predecessor UK equivalents, or a recognised international equivalent accompanied by statements of verification issued by a relevant UK Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) such as the Health and Care Professions Council or The General Social Care Council. Applicants must be a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also be required to demonstrate in your application that you have access to appropriate learning opportunities through your practice settings and that your employer will allow you to use your work in these setting as learning opportunities for the modules on the course.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA Advanced Social Work Practice is a flexible course that offers you, as a registered social worker, an integrated academic and professional qualification in the area of children and families social work. It will support your learning from initial qualification as a social worker through to experienced and advanced levels of practice in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework.


The modular framework of this course is designed to meet your learning at a time and pace that makes sense to your professional development and is made up of single modules that you opt to study in order to support your Continuing Professional Development needs.

Each module is worth 30 credit points and these can be built up over time to gain postgraduate awards. For example the successful completion of two modules would provide 60 credits and lead to a Postgraduate Certificate, four modules would provide 120 credit points and lead to a Postgraduate Diploma and the completion of six modules would provide 180 credit points and would lead to a Master's in Advanced Social Work Practice.

The title of the awards will depend upon the PCF level of the modules completed (i.e. Social Worker level, Experienced Social Worker level or Advanced Social Worker level).

For more information about the modules you may study, please visit our website.

For information about start dates, please contact us using the contact details listed at the bottom of this page.

Delivery mode, assessment and support

We recognise that as professionals undergoing CPD education on a part-time basis, you have many competing demands on your time and this has informed how we have structured the modules that you can take to complete the course, and the student support arrangements available to you.

Delivery mode
As a guide each module would require attendance at five face-to-face taught study days which are usually delivered as one day per fortnight. At the study days students will engage in lectures; small group discussions; workshops; case studies; practical exercises and online reflective scenarios which will develop your skills in research and critical thinking.

Self-directed study and assignment preparation will also be essential and you will have full access to structured online, interactive eLearning on the University's virtual learning environment, NOW.

A variety of assessment methods are used including essays; research and policy reviews; case study analysis; practice setting analysis; group and individual presentations; observations of practice; and a dissertation. There is a strong focus on helping you to develop your practice as part of your academic achievement, and the course will require you to explore and reflect on your practice as part of the assessment process.

As well as formal (graded) assessments you will undertake formative (developmental, ungraded) assessments for which academic staff will provide informal feedback on your progress and development.

Information for international students

As an international school, we are committed to enhancing our cultural and intellectual diversity. We therefore like to encourage applications from students across the world who feel we can offer them the educational opportunities they are seeking at postgraduate level.

Qualification and course duration


up to 36 months


up to 36 months


up to 36 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)115 848 4460