Taught course

Professional Social Work Practice

University of Bedfordshire · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:1 Honours degree in a related subject. Candidates should also have a minimum of six months' work experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people or families.

Months of entry


Course content

This practical, work-based course will give you the chance to achieve a nationally recognised professional qualification in social work together with a postgraduate academic award. You will acquire the systematic and independent ability to critically evaluate both current theoretical understanding and practice, and develop skills to apply knowledge-informed and evidence-based practice in your workplace. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a piece of supervised original research.

Key features

  • Study and evaluate the power structures in society which create inequalities, and acquire an awareness of the tools and techniques which can be used to counter them
  • Explore your own and others’ practice and current research in the discipline
  • Benefit from opportunities to develop the skills of initiative, resourcefulness, critical reflection and emotional literacy

Career opportunities

Graduates achieving the Postgraduate Diploma will be eligible to apply to enter the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) professional register as qualified social workers, and to work in a wide range of statutory, private, voluntary and independent organisations providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals, children, families, groups and communities.

Areas of study may include:

  • Developing professional social work practice
  • Ethical perspectives on law and society
  • Research-informed child care practice

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    14 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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