Taught course

Social Work

University of Worcester · Institute of Health and Society

Entry requirements

Before applying candidates should possess the following: • An Honours Degree at 2:1 or above • A minimum of six months contemporary, relevant practice experience verified by reference (See below) • GCSE English Language & Maths grade C or above. • IELTS 7.0 (if English is not your first language) Applying & Work Experience When completing the UCAS application form, candidates should indicate why they wish to pursue a career in social work. This relates to the requirement for practice experience which should have involved settings either working alongside social workers or with people affected by social work decisions. Candidates can find waged and unwaged practice experience with a range of agencies working with children, young people or adults who are vulnerable. This may, for example, be work with children’s centres, adults who have a physical or learning disability, people with mental health issues or older people with incapacity issues or dementia. There may be opportunities in residential work, supported housing and day care services. This work experience will help candidates decide whether social work is for them and also begin to develop their understanding of social work as well as introduce them to the underpinning values. The interview process will check the candidate’s ability to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English. Additional Information Given that students will be allocated placements in rural areas, access to a car or supported mobility arrangements for the duration of the placements is essential. The ability to meet this requirement will be checked at interview. Successful candidates will be required to complete the university’s suitability documentation and an occupational health check as well as obtain an enhanced DBS statement.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Social Work delivers a professional qualification combined with an academic award. Successful completion of the course means individuals are eligible to apply to join the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register which is a requirement in order to practice as a social worker in the UK.

The course dynamically integrates theory and practice embracing both learning in the classroom and in placement settings. The course provides a generic learning opportunity encompassing all service user groups and every effort is made to involve service users, carers, practitioners and managers from across the social work arena in the learning experience.

While the course works to the UK points of reference including the QAA benchmarks the requirements of the HCPC http://www.hpc-uk.org/ and The College of Social Work (TCSW) http://www.collegeofsocialwork.org/, the course team also embrace the International Federation of Social Work’s definition:

“The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.”

Links are developing with social work courses at universities in Russia and there may be opportunities for exchange visits as well as sharing with students from a number of countries attending the annual summer school at the university.

The course is offered as a two-year full-time degree course. During the taught elements students will be in the university for a minimum of two days per week and during the placement periods will be in the agency days a week over the course of both years.
The course commences each January with a two week block induction and continues for 24 months. The award is confirmed at the January Exam Board.
While the expectation is that students register for and complete the Masters award (nine modules), some students may for various reasons not meet the full requirement but may be able to claim an interim award: Postgraduate Certificate (three modules) or Postgraduate Diploma (six modules). Applicants should note that only the full MA Social Work award will enable them to register with the HCPC as a social worker.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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A limited number of Social Work students will be put forward for an NHS bursary – for more details please access http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/825.aspx

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
01905 855111
01905 855377