Taught course

Social Work

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Applied Social Studies

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check Health screening All successful applicants must also have achieved at least Key Skills level 2 in English and Mathematics. This would normally be equivalent to grade C in the GCSE examination in English and Mathematics. International applicants must have achieved IELTS Level 7 in order to be considered. All applicants should be able to demonstrate aptitude and commitment to a career in social work by providing significant evidence of experience of working with people in need, in a voluntary or paid capacity. Applicants must confirm their ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email. If you have relevant prior experience and /or certificated learning you may be able to claim RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) in accordance with the University's published criteria and up to a maximum of 60 academic credits at M level.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

On this practice-based course, your studies will be supervised by experienced practitioners, and you can expect an induction, a protected workload and a study day most weeks while on placement. All placements are under constant development with our employer partners, and you may be eligible for a bursary administered by the NHS Bursaries Unit.

Key features

    • Study the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for social work practice at qualification level with adults and children in the private, voluntary and independent sectors.
    • Explore the role of social work, its inter-relationship with other disciplines and the ethical base for practice where initiative is balanced with accountability to employers, the profession, service-users and carers.
    • Develop a deep and systematic understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches and acquire the skills necessary for analytical research-informed practice.
    • Gain skills in critical reflexivity and emotional literacy which underpin collaborative social work practice and proactive professional development.
    • Benefit from classroom and placement activities which will enable you to develop collaborative and communication abilities that can be applied to complex problem-solving tasks.
  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this course offers students a rewarding career path. In addition to gaining a postgraduate qualification, successful students will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and when registered will be able to pursue a professional social work career in a range of settings.

    On this practice-based social work course, your studies will be supervised by experienced practitioners, and you can expect an induction, a protected workload and a study day most weeks while on placement

Career opportunities

Successful students will be eligible to apply to enter the HCPC Professional Register as qualified social workers and to work in a wide range of statutory, private, voluntary and independent organisations.

You will also have the benefit of an academic award at postgraduate level, demonstrating your capacity for deep understanding, initiative and the management of complexity.

These skills may equip you for further academic study such as a Professional Doctorate or PhD, or enable you to contribute to the knowledge base of your chosen profession with practice-based research.

As a qualified Social Worker, you will also be eligible, after a period of consolidation in practice, to apply for one of the University’s post-qualifying courses designed to support Social Workers in their continuous professional development.

Areas of study may include:

  • Year 1

    • Working with people: theories and methods for social work practice
    • People in context: ethics, legislation and social policy for social work practice
    • Skills development and first placement (70 days)
    Year 2
    • Knowledge for social work: critically reflective and research-informed practice
    • Critical issues in specialist and inter-professional practice
    • Last placement (100 days)

Information for international students

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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