Taught course

Social Work

University of Gloucestershire · School of Health and Social Care

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Entry requirements

  • At least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related subject
  • Or a relevant level 6 qualification
  • At least 3 months’ work experience in a social care setting, contributing to some understanding of social work
  • GCSE maths and English at grade C or above or an equivalent numeracy and literacy qualification
  • An enhanced DBS
  • EU and international students need IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and in any other component) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

This intensive course is a fast track to becoming a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered social worker. The programme balances an interactive study programme with practical work experience in a social care setting to complement theory with practice.

This programme will enable you to become qualified as a generic social work practitioner, allowing you to practise in your chosen field of children and families or adults, and across a range of areas, including statutory, voluntary, private and independent sector.

The course has been designed in partnership with agencies and service users, and you’ll be supported by a team of committed, experienced, registered social workers. The learning experience is dynamic, interactive and experiential. You’ll learn about all areas of social work practice with adults and children, acquiring your knowledge with a variety of learning styles.

The placements you undertake must be in different service areas, to broaden your perspective and experience. The university has good connections and there’s a wide scope of opportunity for placements within Gloucestershire and beyond. On completion of the programme, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a social worker.

Study style

The teaching programme is dynamic, interactive, and experiential. Engaging in academic and applied learning, this teaching programme will provide you with a balance of theoretical frameworks and interactive practical work experiences in social work and social care settings. You’ll engage in studies that provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and theoretical frameworks that inform all areas of social work practice with adults and children. _ With emphasis on experiential learning, your studies will include working in small tutorial and seminar groups, simulations, role play, group work and opportunities to develop reflective and critical debate.

  • Law and Policy
  • Skills for Social Work
  • Practice Placement (year one: 70-day placement; year two: 100-day placement)
  • Balancing Rights and Risks
  • Dissertation (optional)
School of Health and Social Care

Our School of Health and Social Care offers you access to the latest equipment, facilities and placements to bring learning to life and make you a confident practising professional. We will support you to care for yourself so you'll be more resilient and efficient when caring for others.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the postgraduate fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 3330 141414