Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Professional Social Work Practice

University of Brighton · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have:

  • A first degree or accredited prior learning (APL)
  • A recognised social work qualification; registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a social worker.
  • A minimum of 15 hours per week dedicated to professional social work practice and the agreement of an employer to facilitate relevant experience and supervision.

Months of entry


Course content

The course supports the development of social workers in adult services who have recently qualified and registered, including those who are taking their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

It seeks to consolidate learning in line with the sixth level of College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). Students are expected to develop a greater sense of confidence and independence, to practise effectively in situations of increasing complexity, risk and uncertainty.

The PGCert is always delivered part-time, typically over a period of two years.You'll learn through intensive periods of lectures, presentations, workshops and group activities as well as through individual study, directed materials and online resources.

You must be registered as a social worker with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) to be accepted on to the programme.

The PGCert will advance you to the level of Social Worker according to the terms of the PCF.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
01273 644644