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

Months of entry

September, June

Course content

The Professional Social Work Practice PGDip supports the development of established social workers who have expertise in at least one area of practice.

It seeks to consolidate learning in line with the seventh level of College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). Students are expected to liaise with senior social workers on certain issues and be a reliable role model for the newly qualified. Students have a choice as to which route to follow: practice, education, management or a combination of the three.

The PGDip is always delivered part-time -you'll learn through intensive periods of lectures, presentations, workshops and group activities in four or five day blocks as well as through individual study, directed materials and online resources.

The PGDip qualifies you to work as a professional social work educator, an advanced social work practitioner or a social work manager, depending on your chosen specialism.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
01273 644644