Taught course

Social Work

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Entry requirements

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have some experience of working with vulnerable people in a caring role and an understanding of how this relates to social work practice
  • have a 2:1 degree classification in any subject; however, if you have a 2:2, plus a postgraduate qualification or extensive experience, you may also be considered
  • assess your potential health needs and the possible impact on fitness to practise. We therefore encourage you to complete a health and wellbeing self-declaration form at the interview, relating to health conditions that will affect your practice.

Months of entry


Course content

This course combines a distinct theoretical and practical approach with a focus on developing reflective practitioners. The first term of your first year is spent at the UEL Stratford campus where you will gain a wideranging introduction to theory and practice through The Fundamentals of Social Work Practice and Social Work Law modules.

You will then undertake the first (of two) practice learning placements for 70 days in a voluntary, private or statutory agency. You will be supervised and assessed by a suitably qualified practice educator. During terms two and three you will have a day of class-based learning at the Tavistock Centre to study human growth and development. As part of this module, you will undertake a 12-week observation of an infant or young child.

In your second year you will complete a 100 day social work practice placement starting in the autumn term. You will also complete your dissertation and study the Professional Development module, both of which support and develop your placement learning.

As part of professional development you will participate in a week-long experiential group relations conference in either December or April.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 8938 2213