Taught course

Applied Social Work Practice

University of Salford · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

The course and the modules constitute Continuing Professional Development for qualified social workers. You must therefore be undertaking primary social work tasks in your employment (or be eligible to do so in the case of newly qualified students). In order to enter the course and achieve the MSc, PgDip or PgCert, candidates must hold: A Bachelor’s degree normally with a 2:2 honours or professional qualification (if applicable) from the UK or elsewhere. A Professional Qualification in Social Work (CQSW/DipSW). In addition, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a social worker. We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study at postgraduate level. See ‘applicant profile’ section. We welcome candidates from professions other than social work and/or people with appropriate experience to undertake stand-alone modules to build or contribute to a CPD portfolio. In this case you would not however register for the PgCert, PgDip or the MSc in Applied Social Work Practice. Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Three good reasons to study Applied Social Work Practice at Salford:

  • Maintain your CPD for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Modules have been aligned to The College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)
  • Flexible access to modules which equip you with the critical skills needed for contemporary practice to improve the lives of service users
  • Enhance your career, professional credibility and employability with the scope to take one module or progress to the awards of PgCert, PgDip or Masters.

Course summary

Social Workers are required to intervene in the lives of vulnerable people and people in crisis making decisions which impact directly on individuals, families and society. The emphasis in this course is on the application of skills (practical, critical and intellectual), knowledge and research to social-work practice, with the aim of improving opportunity and outcomes for service users and communities.

Modules are offered which are relevant at whatever stage of career you are at – from modules to support you at the outset of your social work career to modules which develop supervision and management skills. All modules have been developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders.

You may enter the course as sponsored student from your employer or may be self-funding.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you must possess a current qualification equating to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5,5 or above) from the Cambridge / British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

Fees and funding

Fees 14/15

Part-time £850 (per 30 credits)

Fees 15/16

Part-time £870 (per 30 credits)

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Service
+44 (0) 161 295 4545
+44 (0) 161 295 4646