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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    24 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    06 December 2018


Do you want to change lives? We need people who want to make a difference to society and our MA programme offers a “fast track” programme to professional registration as a social worker with 14 bursaries available and excellent employment opportunities on completion. It’s an exciting opportunity for graduates with some experience and knowledge of social care to enter a challenging and rewarding profession that contributes to the well-being of society.


Graduates of this HCPC-approved programme are eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on the HCPC Register.

Course content

In year one you will study social work law, professional practice, social work with children & families and social work with adults; you will also complete a research module. You will complete 20 days of skills development between February and May and a 70 day placement from July to December.

In year two you will broaden your understanding of social work law. You will continue to develop your understanding of social work practice and you will complete a dissertation on a subject of your choice related to social work practice.

From June to December you will complete a 100 day placement. At the end of the programme students will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the role of social workers and the contexts in which they practice.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Social Work MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The social work programme is designed to allow you to study as an adult learner. The programme’s methods of study and training are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice. There is a strong emphasis on developing as a critically reflective practitioner. Service users and carers along with experienced current practitioners take a full part in the teaching and learning on the programme. You’ll have access to modern University and School of Healthcare facilities.


The course is assessed through a combination of essay, exam, practice portfolio and dissertation. The workload of assessment is carefully spread throughout the programme.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social care related subject, where social sciences form a significant element of the curriculum.

GCSE Maths and English grade C or above or equivalent.

Applicants must provide:

  • certificated evidence of qualifications
  • evidence of recent study normally within the last five years
  • evidence of significant social care experience, usually a minimum of 500 hours equivalent. This could include experience as a carer.
  • two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference, one offering commentary on social care experience/aptitude.

In accordance with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements:

  • All applicants for social work training must demonstrate that they have a satisfactory standard of health. Applicants who are conditionally offered a place on the course are required to obtain a satisfactory health check either through the School's Occupational Health Unit.
  • All candidates are subject to Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Candidates must fill in a self-declaration and apply at entry for an enhanced DBS disclosure. Social Work as a protected profession is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that all cautions, convictions, spent or unspent, including motoring offences, covering the applicant’s entire lifetime must be included on the self-declaration. Continuation on the course is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the .

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Application deadline

1 December 2018, for January 2019 start.


Applicants will be selected on an individual basis by interview and written exercise.

This programme is not open to international students as it does not meet the tier 4 study visa requirement.


For fees information please visit our website.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

NHS bursaries

We currently have 14 bursaries available for students. Bursaries are available for both years of the programme. Please scroll down for bursary information.

Since 2013 the numbers of Social Work bursaries at each university have been capped nationally for each individual social work programme.

Please consult the NHS Bursary website for the up-to-date position.

Postgraduate Student loans

Students enrolling on the MA are eligible for a Postgraduate Student loan. Students who have applied for a PG loan do not have to pay 50% fees up front at registration but are able to pay their fees in three instalments over the academic year to match loan payments. Full details on how to apply for a Postgraduate Student loan can be found here.

MA Social Work students are eligible for postgraduate student loans and can obtain up to £10,280 as a contribution for the whole course if they did not receive a Social Work bursary.

Visit the Social Work MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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