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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    14 months to complete the PG Dip

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    For information on course fees, please visit our website: website

  • Last Updated

    06 August 2019

This new, fast-track social work course with a focus on children, young people and their families will enable trainee social workers to build upon their existing knowledge and skills, and develop the expertise required for social work practice. The programme is a generic social work qualification covering all aspects of Child and Family Social Work and working with Adults required for Graduates to be eligible for registering with the HCPC as a Social Worker.

The Department of Education will be funding this course through a cluster of local authorities which includes Bournemouth, Poole and Wiltshire, with all applications being made directly to them. You’ll have the option to continue your studies from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Master’s by undertaking a dissertation which will be self-funded.

This course gives you the opportunity to study in a high-profile and nationally recognised department and benefit from direct access to research active and internationally linked academic staff. If you already hold an undergraduate degree and are interested in specialising in work with children and young people, this is the ideal social work course option.

Core units

  • Personal Development for Social Work: You will develop your knowledge and skills to prepare you for your substantive placement units. You will develop your skills and knowledge, against the Department for Education framework for work with children and families and the HCPC Codes of practice, so that you are ready to safely undertake practice learning.
  • The Child’s Journey: You'll learn knowledge and understanding of child development and behaviour and different sociological and psychological explanations for this. You will be encouraged to consider the interplay of psycho-social factors on the lives of children and young people, exploring a range of influences on human development including the impact of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability.
  • Law and Social Policy for Social Work with Children and Families: You will develop a critical understanding of law and social policy, social work values and ethics and considerations relevant to child and family social work. You will explore the implications of social work values and ethics and how they apply to the promotion of the best interests of children and young people.
  • Models, Methods and Approaches for Social Work Intervention for Child and Family Social Work: You will be encouraged to consider a range of models, methods and approaches for social work intervention. This unit will equip you with a critical understanding of the complex and multi-layered nature of social work, including the challenges of practicing professional social work with a diverse range of social work service users and carers.
  • Parenting Capacity for Social Work with Children and Families: This unit will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the multiple factors that contribute to parental mental health, substance-related and domestic violence related problems and, crucially, the impact upon the child, including child development.
  • Working with Risk and Complexity for Child and Family Social Workers:You will develop knowledge and understanding of social work in the context of protection; including responsibilities, analytical skills and knowledge, practical skills and professional accountability. You will develop their understanding and competence in assessment and intervention and will be expected to examine their own beliefs and values in relation to protection work.
  • Two Statutory Placements (70 & 100 days): You will gain essential practice experiences required in meeting the regulations of the professional body.


You will undertake two work placements as part of this course. During the placement you will be expected to integrate theory and practice and to complete a practice learning portfolio. The practice learning placement will facilitate the development of your social work skills, knowledge, critical analysis and evidence-based application of knowledge.

The wide range of placements include social work teams delivering services to children and families, hospital social work teams, residential and day care settings, drug and alcohol services, mental health services, supported housing and homelessness schemes and projects for young people experiencing home and school difficulties.


Employment opportunities include work within Local Authorities' Children and Families teams and all aspects of social work with children, young people and their families.

Visit the PG Dip/MA Social Work (Children and Families) page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!




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