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Professional Social Work Practice

University of Brighton · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have:

  • A first degree or an accredited prior learning (APL)
  • A recognised social work qualification
  • Regisitration 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


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 the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). At this stage, you are expected to liaise with senior social workers on certain issues and be a reliable role model for the newly qualified.

There is a choice as to which route to follow: practice, education, management or a combination of the three. Early in the course, you are advised to discuss with the course leader which modules you will study for and which route you will follow.

As a course of continuing professional development (CPD), the Professional Social Work Practice PGDip is not accredited by a Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB). However, you must still be registered as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to be accepted on to the programme.

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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