Taught course

Social Work MA, PgDip

University of Gloucestershire · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a related subject
  • At least 3 months’ work experience in a social care setting, contributing to some understanding of social work
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above or an equivalent numeracy and literacy qualification
  • A DBS and Health Clearance check will be required
  • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency that is at International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7.0 overall.
  • You will be required to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Social workers support and empower people to make changes and improve lives. They act to protect vulnerable people whilst respecting and promoting human rights. The MA study is over 20 months and the Postgraduate Diploma over 18 months. Successful completion of this intensive generic social work teaching programme will lead you to becoming a professionally qualified Social Worker registered with Social Work England – Successful completion will enable you to practise in your chosen field of children and families or adults, and across a range of areas – including statutory, voluntary, private and the independent sector.

Teaching staff are registered social work practitioners and bring specific areas of knowledge and expertise to the teaching programme.

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.

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