Taught course

Social Work

University of Central Lancashire · School of Social Work, Care and Community

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

  • An Honours degree with a 2:2 classification or above (or equivalent);
  • at least key skills level 2 in Maths and English (equivalent to GSCE or O Level grade C or CSE grade 1).

Applicants must:

  • Declare criminal convictions or cautions whether considered spent or not and a subsequent criminal convictions check must be completed and deemed satisfactory;
  • demonstrate they have the necessary personal qualities, value base and skills to complete the course;
  • have some relevant paid, voluntary work or caring experience, which demonstrates they have the potential to become qualified social workers.

Months of entry


Course content

In September 2002, the School of Social Work was accredited, by the General Social Care Council (GSCC), to validate a postgraduate qualification to begin in September 2004. It was last revalidated in June 2008.

The MA Social Work prepares students for careers in social work and those who successfully complete the course will be eligible to register with the GSCC as social workers. The course will equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to practice as a newly qualified social worker. The programme is supported by key agency stakeholders, including Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Social Service Departments and a range of voluntary sector agencies. Health and social care service users and carers are involved in the design and development of the programme.

The MA Social Work course will consist of 1200 hours structured academic learning and 200 days of learning in practice settings. Key aspects of the programme include:

  • A commitment to evidence-based practice
  • The development of communication skills
  • Exploration of collaborative working
  • Consideration of all aspects of the assessment, planning, intervention and review of service delivery
  • Knowledge of the law, policy, human growth and development, mental health and disability
  • A commitment to partnership with service users and carers.

The modules, plus practice learning opportunities, enable students to meet the academic and practice outcomes as specified by external regulators. All courses are compulsory and there are no electives.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

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