Taught course

Social Work

Teesside University · School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law

Entry requirements

You should typically have an honours degree – normally 2:2 or above. You must also have a GCSE in English at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent. Applications should include a personal statement to support an application to social work.

Subject to the academic requirements you will be invited to attend for interview and complete a timed written exercise (if successful at interview). Both parts must be passed.

You must confirm prior to interview/offer decision making that you have the ability to use basic IT including word processing, internet browsing and email.

As part of the admissions process you will need to:

  • complete a satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance (further details will be provided)
  • complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You are strongly encouraged to enrol on the DBS updating service.
  • provide a satisfactory suitability assessment.

During the course and on completion you must declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Overview

It is a course requirement to complete supervised placements. The majority of local authorities who work with the University to provide placement opportunities require you to have access to and use of a car and adequate insurance covering business use to attend visits.

Further details will be provided at interview stage and you will be asked to sign a suitability declaration which also includes confirmation that you hold a valid driving licence. If, due to individual circumstances, you are unable to drive or have particular difficulties in accessing your own transport, these circumstances will be considered but should be discussed with the University at interview.

Professional accreditation

Achievement of MA Social Work gives you eligibility to apply for registration as a social worker with Social Work England, the professional regulator. The course includes two assessed placements in social work settings. The placements will be in different settings with different service user groups and at least one placement will normally be in a statutory setting or in a placement where statutory work can be experienced.

Please note attendance is monitored during this programme.

Where you study

You study at Teesside University on our Middlesbrough campus. You undertake adult and children placements in the statutory and voluntary sectors across the region.

Information for international students

IELTS entry requirements for international students is level 7.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    22 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01642 335008