Taught course

Social Work

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Qualifications
PGDip(SocWk)

Entry requirements

England Applicants will be required to have an honours degree with a minimum 2:2 classification in any discipline together with a proven record of experience of engaging directly with Service Users in a professional setting. Candidates’ experience will be considered individually on application but we would normally expect a minimum of one year's experience – either paid or voluntary – in a setting such as a local authority or a health or social care provider in the private, voluntary or independent sector. Applicants who do not meet the work experience requirement but hold a 2:1 classification in a cognate discipline will also be considered. Relevant subjects include: Health and Social Care; Nursing; Occupational Therapy; Psychology; Sociology/Social Studies; Law/Legal studies; Teaching/Education. In addition, you must satisfy the following entry criteria: Complete an OU application form which will include a personal statement, references and employer’s endorsement; Complete a declaration of suitability for social work; Have GCSE grade A*–C in English and mathematics or certified equivalent; Demonstrate IT competence through self-declaration; Achieve an International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) score of 7 if English is not your first language; Undertake a written test; Take part in an interview; Have an enhanced DBS with lists check (i.e. checks against all registers including both children and vulnerable adults) dated within one year prior to starting the programme; Complete a health check. If, in exceptional circumstances, there are serious doubts about your fitness to practice on health grounds, the University’s doctor may ask you to undergo a medical examination. This examination will be at the your own expense. You must be supported by your employer, who must undertake to provide the required practice learning opportunities. Applications for this qualification can only be made via the supporting agency. Scotland Applicants must have a minimum of a 2:2 classification in a relevant health/societal/psychology or other cognate discipline such as: Health and Social Care; Nursing; Occupational Therapy; Psychology; Sociology/Social Studies; Law/Legal studies; Teaching/Education. Applicants will preferably also have a proven record of experience of engaging directly with Service Users in a professional setting. Candidates’ experience will be considered individually on application but we would normally expect a minimum of one years’ experience – either paid or voluntary – in a setting such as a local authority or a health or social care provider in the private, voluntary or independent sector. In addition, you must: Complete an OU application form, which will include a personal statement and relevant references; Demonstate your ability to understand and communicate in written and spoken English; Demonstrate that you have appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to train as a social worker; Be part of a selection process; Register as a student social worker with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) which includes a check under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme; Provide evidence of Standard Grade Two in English and mathematics or a recognised equivalent ; You must be supported by your employer, who must undertake to provide the required practice ; learning opportunities. Applications for this qualification can only be made via the supporting agency.

Months of entry

October, April, February

Course content

This is a professional social work qualification, combining academic and practice-based learning. The subject matter is interdisciplinary, derived from psychology, sociology, social policy, law and social work studies. You may claim the diploma as a discrete qualification, or as an embedded award within the Master of Arts in Social Work.

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

Fees and funding

Fee Costs are paid per unit not per qualification.

Qualification and course duration

PGDip(SocWk)

distance learning
18 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Phone
0300 303 5303