Taught course

Social Work

University of Brighton · School of Applied Social Science

Entry requirements

Individual offers may vary. GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent Maths and English at Grade C or above, or equivalences. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 7.0 overall, no element below 6.5 Other: To fulfil professional requirements students must have: - Satisfactory DBS clearance. - Full educational, employment and study history on application form (including details of any disciplinary record). - Satisfactory health declaration / clearance. - All applicants who are shortlisted will be required to attend the University for interview, which will involve both an individual and group interview and a written test as part of the admissions process. - All shortlisted applicants must confirm prior to interview / offer that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet use, use of email and will be asked to specify how these skills have been obtained. Degree and/or experience: An honours degree in any subject, normally with a minimum of Upper Second class honours*. A satisfactory academic reference and/or transcript, indicating ability to study at Level 7. Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or above, or certified equivalences. Understanding of, and preparedness for, social care and social work practice Experience of providing social or caring services A satisfactory second character reference, preferably relating to providing social or caring services and / or from most recent employer *Applications from candidates who do not fulfill the Admissions Criteria of a Second Class Honours Degree may be considered exceptionally in the short listing process in light of the content of their application as a whole. Should this occur, they must provide a transcript of their marks/ grades on their first degree and submit written work as requested by the Admissions Tutor.

MSc, PGCert, PGDip

Months of entry


Course content

This two year, full-time course is for graduates wishing to train and qualify as social workers.

The course meets current requirements for social work training in what is a transitional phase, integrating academic and practice learning. There is a focus on the applied social science knowledge base of social work and on the development of social work knowledge, skills and values. Further, the course reflects the multidisciplinary practice context, with opportunities for shared, inter-professional learning with education, nursing, medical and occupational therapy students.

The College of Social Work has an endorsement scheme for higher education institutions aimed at providing a kite mark of quality to qualifying social work degree programmes. University of Brighton was one of the first five institutions to be endorsed, after being assessed against a set of quality criteria over and above the threshold standards required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) that must be demonstrated in order to deliver a social work degree programme.

The course runs in partnership with local agencies providing social and caring services and with users of services and carers.

Professional accreditation

Social work is a profession regulated by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and you are required to conduct yourself in accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council guidance on conduct and ethics for students.
As well as regulating individual social workers and students, the HCPC also regulate the performance of social work courses.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students who meet the entry requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
24 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Julia Stroud, course leader
01273 643988