Taught course

Social Work

Institution
Oxford Brookes University · Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health
Qualifications
MAPGDip

Entry requirements

GCSE: GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at least to grade C or above

You must:

  • have a good honours degree (2:1 or above for the MA; 2:2 or above for the PGDip), or a professional qualification equivalent to an undergraduate degree, normally in a cognate area
  • have basic IT skills with reliable access to the internet, preferably through a broadband connection.

Additionally:

  • you should have experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people. This would typically be the equivalent of one year’s full-time experience of social care or health care-related practice in either the statutory or the voluntary sector. Caring in a personal capacity may in some instances be acceptable as relevant experience.

Credit Transfer

Candidates may be admitted with credit from APL or APEL for the University based part of the programme. In exceptional circumstances where the student can demonstrate the required capabilities and meet assessment criteria, credit for placement learning will be considered.

Screening

All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

English language requirements

If you did not complete GCSE English Language within the UK, you will be asked to obtain one of the following:

  • IELTS: a score of 7.0 overall and with no category scoring below 6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English: grade C or above.

Application process

International applicants will need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas.

If you are offered a place you may be asked to pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure a place on the course.

Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

With our MA or PGDip in Social Work you will have access to a wide range of work-based learning opportunities with Oxfordshire and neighbouring authorities and allied agencies.

You will receive the input of experienced researchers working in the established areas of:

  • children and families
  • drugs and alcohol
  • ageing
  • inter-professional education
  • collaborative practice.

You can study the Social Work MA as a two-year full-time course (maximum five years on a part-time basis). You will typically be able to gain the PGDip in 22 months.

Our graduates are highly employable with almost 100% obtaining employment after graduating. On completing the MA or PGDip, you will be eligible for registration as a qualified social worker with the social work regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is due to change to Social Work England.

Our social work courses have been ranked highly in league tables (The Guardian and The Sunday Times University Guides).

Information for international students

International applications

International applicants will:

  • need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas if offered a place
  • be asked to pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure a place on the course.

Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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Enquiries
Email
query@brookes.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1865 484848