Taught course

Social Work with Children, Young People, Their Families and Carers

University of Birmingham · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

The course is offered at both graduate and postgraduate levels. To be eligible for the postgraduate programme you must hold a degree (ordinarily a 2(i) or above) as well as a recognised social work qualification. To enrol on the BPhil programme, you must hold a recognised social work qualification. All candidates follow the same programme of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is primarily intended for qualified social work practitioners who are registered with the HCPC and undertake direct work with children and young people, their families and/or carers. Colleagues from other disciplines may register for individual modules but are not eligible for either the full or any intermediate award.

The taught element of the course is delivered on a part time basis over 2 academic years. There are 6 modules, each attracting 20 academic credits. Each module involves 5 or 6 days of teaching in blocks of 2 or 3 days. All the modules may be taken on an individual basis.

Overall, the course seeks to highlight the importance of attachment minded practice, strengths based approaches, narrative thinking and relationship-based practice in direct work with children, young people, their families and carers. Attention to the user experience, working alongside colleagues from other agencies and disciplines, and anti-oppressive practice feature throughout the programme.Ultimately our aim is for our candidates to be known as 'thinking performers'.

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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0121 414 5005