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Social Work (MA/ PGDip)

Course Description

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 18 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).

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/social-work/

Why choose this course?

- Our graduates are highly employable with 95% 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).

- Our courses access a wide range of work-based learning opportunities in Oxfordshire and neighbouring authorities.

- 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.

- Oxford Brookes offers 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 HCPC.

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
- Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Adults
- Supporting Children and Families: Building the Evidence
- Social Work Practice 2
- 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.

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.

How this course helps you develop

Graduates of our programmes will have fulfilled the requirements for social work training specified by the Department of Health and the Health and Care Professions Council.


On successful completion of the MA and PGDip programmes graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council, and then to enter employment.

Graduates of the MA programme will be well-placed to apply for a place on an MPhil / PhD programme should they wish to pursue a career in research at a later date.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

We have a number of promising and senior experienced researchers working in established areas including children and families, drugs and alcohol, ageing, interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

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

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

You must: have a good honours degree (2:1 or above for the MA; 2:2 or above for the PGDip), or a professional qualification equivalent to an undergraduate degree, normally in a cognate area; have GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at least to grade C or above, and basic IT skills with reliable access to the internet, preferably through a broadband connection.

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £4,460, Part-time £2,270; International: Full-time £13,460 Part-time £1,430 per single module

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