Taught course

Social Work

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

Entry requirements

You must: have a good honours degree or higher, or a professional qualification equivalent to an undergraduate degree, normally in a cognate area; have GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at least to grade C or above. You should have experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people. This experience should be sufficient to enable you to clearly demonstrate your commitment and motivation, and your understanding of the knowledge, skills and values of social work. This would typically be the equivalent of one year's full-time experience of social care or health care-related practice.

Months of entry


Course content

The Social Work MA is a two-year full-time course (maximum 5 years on a part-time basis) while the PGDip can typically be gained in 18 months.

Graduates completing the MA or PGDip are eligible for registration as a qualified social worker with the social work regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The core modules are:

Skill Development and Professional Communication;
The Policy and Law Context of Social Care;
Applied Research Methods;
Social Work Practice 1;
Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Adults;
Supporting Children and Families: Building the Evidence;
Social Work Practice 2;
Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Children and Families.

In addition, MA students will be required to undertake the Dissertation module.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Approach to assessment:

Our modules are assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, class tests, portfolios, presentations and a dissertation.

Practice Placements:

Both awards require two practice placements, which will include attendance throughout the summer months.

Information for international students

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months


part time
60 months
full time
18 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 488120