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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full time: MA/PGDip: 2 years (inclusive of summer months) Part time: maximum of 5 years

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    23 August 2018

Course content

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

We are offering two social work qualifications - an MA and a PGDip - for applicants who hold a relevant degree and experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people within the UK. 

The Social Work MA is a two-year full-time course (maximum 5 years on a part-time basis) while the PGDip can typically be gained in 22 months.

Graduates completing the MA or PGDip are eligible for registration as a qualified social worker with the social work regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Why choose this course?

  • Our graduates are highly employable with virtually 100% obtaining employment on successful completion of their programme.
  • Social Work courses at Oxford Brookes University have been ranked highly in league tables (The Guardian and The Sunday Times University Guides).
  • This is an evidence-informed course delivered via innovative mixed mode learning methods (classroom, distance and work-based).
  • You will have access to a wide range of work-based learning opportunities in Oxfordshire and neighbouring authorities and allied agencies.
  • Our teaching benefits from the input of experienced researchers working in established areas of children and families, drugs and alcohol, ageing, and inter-professional education and collaborative practice.
  • We provide a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate your learning and development.

Professional accreditation

Graduates completing the MA or PGDip are eligible to apply for for registration as a Qualified Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

This course is currently approved by the HCPC, but please note this approval is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

This course in detail

The core modules are:

  • Skill Development and Professional Communication
  • The Policy and Law Context of Social Care
  • Social Work Practice 1 (70-day practicum experience)
  • Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Adults
  • Supporting Children and Families: Building the Evidence
  • Social Work Practice 2 (100-day practicum experience)
  • Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Children and Families

In addition, MA students will be required to undertake 

  • Applied Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Approach to assessment

Our modules are assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, class tests, portfolios, presentations and a dissertation.

Practice Placements

Both awards require two practice placements, which will include attendance throughout the summer months.

For Full-time students Social Work Practice 1 is completed in the 1st Year during Semesters 2 and 3. Social Work Practice 2 is completed in the 2nd Year during Semesters 1 and 2.

The Part-time mode of study allows more flexibility as to when placements can be undertaken. Usually, for Part-time students Social Work Practice 1 is completed in the 2nd Year during Semesters 2 and 3 and Social Work Practice 2 is completed in the 3rd Year during Semsters 1 and 2. 

Attendance pattern

The full-time route is a full-time course which requires five days a week commitment to learning in the University, in practice placement and distance learning.

A typical part-time route would be three days a week. This is dependent on modules taken and the number of years. Practice placement requires a minimum of three days per week attendance.


Visit the MA/PGDip Social Work page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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