Taught course

Social Work

University of East London · Cass School of Education and Communities

Entry requirements

Applicants must be graduates in any discipline who can demonstrate a clear commitment to social work. Applicants should normally have at least six months' (full-time equivalent) experience of social work at the time of application, with preference to those who are sponsored by employers. There is a great demand for the programme and so applicants are normally only accepted if they have 2.1 degree or higher (i.e. first or a post-graduate award). Occasionally where applicants already have several years? experience of social work they may be accepted with a 2.2. degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of East London is accredited by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to award professional qualifications in social work. This MA is unique and distinctive in that it is taught collaboratively by professional social work tutors and experienced practitioners/clinicians from UEL and the Tavistock Portman NHS Trust which has international reputation in social work. All staff who are personal tutors are themselves qualified and experienced social work practitioners.

This is a full-time two-year programme which incorporates 200 days practice learning as required by the Department of Health for all qualifying social work programmes. For all students practice runs alongside the taught element, with two days per week spent at the University or the Tavistock Portman NHS Trust during term time, and three days per week or a full working week spent in social work agencies for the rest of the programme.

Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and individual practice supervision sessions. Roughly 50% of the programme is devoted to practice learning, for which students will be allocated a practice assessor.

Academic modules are assessed through coursework, with each module having a number of prescribed tasks that students are required to undertake. In addition there is a dissertation module which requires students to demonstrate the integration of research into their social work practice. These assessments are graded in accordance with the standard system for Masters degrees.

Practice is assessed by reference to National Occupational Standards and GSCC Code of Practice, and students will we required to demonstrate competences and skills as required by those standards. Students will be judged either to have met the required National Occupational Standards and evidenced the Code of Practice or not. Students who have met the requirements will be entitled to registration as a social worker with the General Social Care Council.

In order to attain the professional qualification a student must demonstrate competence to the level required by the relevant professional body, in this case the General Social Care Council.
This Masters is built firmly on the principle of integrating theory into practice, and encouraging evidence based practice. To this end students will Be required to complete a dissertation which applies research methods and principles to social work practice.

Students on this programme will work with teachers and practice assessors who are at the forefront in developments in social work. The programme offers unrivalled opportunities to integrate theory and research into social work practice, and while it prepares students for all aspects of social work, UEL and the Tavistock Portman NHS Trust offer special expertise in the areas of working with children and families and in the field of mental health.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978