Taught course

Advanced Social Work Studies

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You must be registered social worker.

Months of entry


Course content

This course enables you (as a registered social worker) to build on post qualifying training and practice experience; further enhancing and developing your knowledge and skills and to obtain a master’s qualification that also recognises your level of capability within The College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework at Advanced Level Capabilities. In the first year you study two core modules: Practice Education Stage 2 and Advanced Assessment Skills. The third module is either Court Skills for Social Workers or Negotiated Learning. In the second year there are two core modules: Research for Practice and Leadership and Management. The third module is either Achieving Best Evidence or a specialist option which can be chosen in partnership with your tutor from modules within the University catalogue. In the final year you undertake a Final Project using research skills developed in the second year, which is focused on a practice/service related issue. The final project is supported with an allocated dissertation supervisor. Modules are delivered at the Middlesbrough and Darlington campuses.

How you learn

We engage you through a creative range of methods. Learning tasks are contextualised to allow you to make sense and apply understanding. We recognise that social work is an applied activity that requires a dynamic relationship between theory and practice, allowing you to reflect on learning experiences both in University and on placement so that you can see how both experiences interact and inform each other.

How you are assessed

We use formative and summative assessment within the programme. Formative assessment relates your tasks and activities that receive feedback from a tutor. Formative feedback informs you of your progress and attainment during the programme but doesn’t count towards your final marks. You should use it to enhance your work towards your summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment evaluates your knowledge, values and skills, and provides your marks. Each module has a summative assessment which may be a portfolio of evidence or written assignments.

Career opportunities

This programme supports the Health and Care Professions Council’s continuing professional development requirements for registered social workers. It also provides the relevant qualification for Practice Education Stage 2 as detailed in Practice Educator Professional Standards.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0) 1642 384176