Taught course

Advancing Practice (Social Work)

University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

pre-qualification BSc (honours) social work or pre-qualification MSc social work; be a registered social worker with HC PC or have a postgraduate diploma in social work with evidence of recent CPD or substantial practice and ability to work at level 7; must have minimum of one year post-qualification practice as a registered social worker.

Months of entry


Course content

Professionally qualified social workers build on their skills in this flexible course which allows you to tailor your learning experience to achieve your professional goals. Developed in partnership with agencies and services users, it reflects the best current practice and research.

On this highly flexible course for qualified social workers, students choose modules in the order they wish to achieve their professional goals. There are several exit points, depending on whether you wish to attain Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc level. With three pathways plus optional modules to choose from, the course allows you to tailor your learning for focused continuing professional development. Within each of the three pathways – Children and Families, Adults, and Leadership and Management – there are two core modules; the student must then chose a further optional module from a selection covering different aspects of social work. Modules may also be studied on an individual basis.
Students are supported in their learning by experienced teaching staff who are registered social workers with diverse professional backgrounds. The learning experience is dynamic, interactive and experiential. Students are encouraged to bring their own ‘practice wisdom’ to the course and become research-minded practitioners of change. The importance of interdisciplinary teaching is embedded
into the programme, enriching the learning experience.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

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