Taught course

Social Work with registration

University of Leeds · School of Healthcare

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social care related subject + experience.

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


Course content

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.

You’ll study the law and social work with children, families and adults. You’ll learn about research methods and complete a dissertation. You’ll also be required to undertake 200 days of placement in a social work setting, supported by practice teachers and assessors.

This programme accepts a small number of students in each year group and the social work team is committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and challenging environment for study.

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.

NHS bursaries

Since 2013 the numbers of Social Work bursaries at each university have been capped nationally for each individual social work programme. We currently have 14 bursaries available for students. Bursaries are available for both years of the programme.

Students are ranked according to their performance at admissions interview. This ranking will be sent to NHS Bursaries and the final decision on eligibility for bursaries remains with NHS Bursaries.

In addition, the current position is that all students must apply for a bursary in order to be eligible for a contribution towards their travel expenses while on placement in years 1 and 2.

It is a condition of continuing on the programme that all students apply for a bursary as the placement funding is dependent on this.

The bursary system is currently under review. Please consult the NHS Bursary website for the up-to-date position.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    24 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