Taught course

Social Work

University of Greenwich · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A first class honours degree or 2.1 preferably in the social sciences PLUS GCSE English and mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent PLUS a minimum of one year’s full-time experience or equivalent in a social work related activity, either paid or voluntary. • Applicants with a high 2.2 degree may be considered. • Applicants should also either be eligible to apply for an NHS Social Work bursary (but should note a cap on number of bursaries available to the programme now applies), be self funded or will be funded by their employer. • Applicants will need to obtain a reference from their manager or volunteer coordinator. • You will be required to provide a current valid passport and undergo a health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record disclosure. • Students who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an IELTS score of 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language test.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a solutions person who can meet a challenge? Do you function in crisis situations; are you resilient, flexible and a team player? Social workers advise and support people at times of difficulty and deal with a wide range of problems such as the effects of ill health, disability, family breakdown, bereavement, discrimination, poverty and disadvantage. Helping people in these situations is rewarding but complex and challenging and requires a high level of commitment and resilience. Social work education at the University of Greenwich has a strong track record of achievement and this two year programme reflects changes in government policy and social work practice. Our programmes are not only based on current knowledge and research but we have strong partnerships with local employers ensuring high quality practice placements and potential job opportunities on completion of the programme. The teaching team is supported by practitioners, service users and carers and have developed innovative teaching and learning resources such as the use of drama and online resource access. Student support and the student experience are key priorities. In addition there are close links between the social work programmes and the university’s Centre for Applied Social Research. University of Greenwich has a strong track record of achievement and provides high quality education approved by the HCPC and endorsed by the College of Social Work. Please note that the part-time route is employment based and only available to graduates sponsored/supported by their employer in partnership and through agreement with the programme.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To facilitate graduates to gain social work knowledge, skills and understanding and the ability to apply these to their practice. This will enable them, on qualification, to work with and support families and individuals who have challenging and complex needs
  • To develop and enhance students ability to critically analyse the values which underpin social work, such as social justice, equality and fairness. Additionally, students will develop an understanding of social policy, current social work legislation and enhanced practice skills
  • To develop critically reflective practitioners who can demonstrate excellent communication skills, creativity and emotional resilience and deal with the complexities and challenges of the social work task.

Content Year 1

  • Human Growth and Development for Social Work Practice (20 credits)
  • Law and Policy for Social Work (20 credits)
  • Social Theories for Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Skills, Methods and Models of Social Work Practice (including an extended period of 70 days practice learning and a 20 day skills development pathway, accompanied by 5 additional days of advanced skills development.) (20 credits)

Year 2

  • Research Minded Evidence Based Practice (10 credits)
  • Power, Politics and Change in Social Work Practice (10 credits)
  • Transition towards Professional Social Work Practice (10 credits)
  • Working with Complexity in Social Work Practice (including an extended period of 120 days practice learning) (20 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000