A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social care related subject, where social sciences form a significant element of the curriculum.
GCSE Maths and English grade C or above or equivalent.
Applicants must provide:
- certificated evidence of qualifications
- evidence of recent study normally within the last five years
- evidence of significant social care experience, usually a minimum of 500 hours equivalent. This could include experience as a carer.
- two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference, one offering commentary on social care experience/aptitude.
In accordance with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements:
- All applicants for social work training must demonstrate that they have a satisfactory standard of health. Applicants who are conditionally offered a place on the course are required to obtain a satisfactory health check either through the School's Occupational Health Unit.
- All candidates are subject to Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Candidates must fill in a self-declaration and apply at entry for an enhanced DBS disclosure. Social Work as a protected profession is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that all cautions, convictions, spent or unspent, including motoring offences, covering the applicant’s entire lifetime must be included on the self-declaration. Continuation on the course is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.
Months of entry
The MA programme at Leeds offers a “fast track” programme to professional registration as a social worker. It’s an exciting opportunity for graduates with some experience and knowledge of social care to enter a challenging and rewarding profession that contributes to the well-being of society.
Our Social work team comprises active practitioners, innovative academics and experienced professionals to create a rich and challenging degree experience. Our smaller tutor groups enable our students to have a more engaged and immersive theoretical learning relationship to create perceptive, insightful and incisive professionals.
This respected programme has strong partnership links to the statutory, private, voluntary and independent sectors, and our graduates are highly sought after in the employment market. During the programme, you'll have excellent placement opportunities across a range of providers. Practice and theory have equal value on the programme, and they inform and develop each other.
Information for international students
This programme is not open to international students as it does not meet the tier 4 study visa requirement.
Fees and funding
You may have some travel costs whilst on placement, though we encourage agencies to minimise these and some cover this cost. There are travel awards for expenses to and from placement for all those eligible who apply for a bursary, including those who do not receive a full bursary.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
We currently have 14 bursaries available for students. Bursaries are available for both years of the programme. Please scroll down for bursary information.
MA Social Work students are eligible for postgraduate student loans and can obtain up to £10,280 as a contribution for the whole course if they do not receive bursary. Learn more.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time24 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Further details of qualification
Graduates of this HCPC-approved programme are eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on the HCPC Register.
Course contact details
- 0113 343 1347