Taught course

Social Work

University of Sunderland · Faculty of Education and Society

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent. We require Mathematics and English Language GCSE Grade C or above or equivalent. It is also essential that you have experience (voluntary or paid) in a setting that is related to social care. This could include volunteering at weekends, evenings, or vacations. You should clearly describe your experience in the personal statement section of your application. This will be discussed with you at interview. It is important that you can reflect on your experience and relate it to a future career in social work. All applicants must confirm at interview that they are IT competent. Additional requirements Please note that before we can confirm any offer of a place to you, we require: •Two satisfactory references •A satisfactory health declaration •A satisfactory DBS Enhanced disclosure •Compliance with the character suitability requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council •A satisfactory outcome of any declaration of involvement with Local Authority Adults or Children’s Services •A satisfactory outcome of any declaration of disciplinary Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7 in all four areas.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

To register as a social worker, you will need a qualification that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This Masters is in the process of being approved by the HCPC and endorsed by the College of Social Work so you can be sure that successful completion of the course will mean that you meet professional standards of proficiency.

Our course combines both practice and theory. We organise two main placements for you, the first of 70 days and the second of 100 days. There is in-depth preparation before the placements and you will be assigned a practice educator on placement who will provide on-going supervision as you work with people with a range of needs including those who are experiencing crisis or social exclusion.

The University of Sunderland has been offering professional qualifications in social work since 1997 and we have built up strong relationships with employers, service users and carers. These relationships are an essential foundation for our rigorous training in how to make a difference to people’s lives through professional social work.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7 in all four areas. If you require accommodation please go to the following web page. http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/pg/postgraduateaccommodation/

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Alex Summer
+44 (0)191 515 3845