Taught course

Social Work

University of Wolverhampton · Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing

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Entry requirements

2014 Entry GCSEs at grade C or above in an English based subject and Maths or equivalent qualifications For example Key Skills Level 2; Learn Direct Level 2 or Functional Skills Level 2. You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English PLUS Normally a 2:1 degree in a related subject area All candidates must have substantial prior experience in the field of Social Care, Health or Education (this can be either paid or voluntary work and must be verifiable by a manager). There is no specified length of prior experience, but normally be at least six months – or the equivalent for voluntary work.

Other requirements:

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and two references (academic and employer). Those meeting the entry requirements may be invited for interview where they will be assessed in comprehension, verbal ability and suitability for social work. Interview panels will include, whenever possible, employer and service-user/carer representatives. Due to the professional nature of this course, if successful at this stage, you are also required to complete and pay for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check) (previously Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check). For further information visit the DBS website

There are a limited number of bursaries, which will be allocated to students in accordance with the guidance from the Department of Health. Further information can be accessed from the bursaries website. Due to the professional nature of this course you are also required to complete a Declaration of Health and Enhanced DBS (CBS) check.

Months of entry


Course content

This graduate entry level course is designed to equip social work students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for qualification. Upon successful completion of the course students will have met the published professional standards, be able to register with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and be ready to begin their first year in employment as a registered and qualified social worker.

The MA (Social Work) is an academic award dependent upon successful completion of a Master's-level dissertation. There is an ‘exit award’ of PGDip, which allows successful students to register with the HCPC as a qualified and registered social worker. Students who take this route will be eligible to complete a dissertation as a part-time student on another award.

The specific educational aims of the course are to develop:

  • social work specific skills and prepare students for 170 practice days
  • a knowledge base to underpin competent and effective practice
  • the necessary intellectual skills of critical thinking, inquiry and problem solving as applied to academic learning and to practice ethical, research minded and critically engaged practice
  • a social work practice committed to social justice, which recognises structural inequality and which seeks to counter-act this.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need to have: A TOEFL score of 550 or above AN IELTS score of 6.0 or above Evidence of English proficiency equivalent to the above. Visit our website

Fees and funding

UK students
Visit: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/fees-and-costs/postgraduate-fees/
International students
Visit: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/fees-and-costs/postgraduate-fees/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

0800 953 322