Social Work

Social Work is concerned with meeting the basic needs of people and communities and promoting social change. Being a confident Social Worker means helping people in diverse and constantly changing social contexts, working with a range of professions and adapting as situations change.

Social Work at Oxford Brookes has an excellent reputation for the quality of our education, research and student support. We provide placement opportunities in a wide range of settings including hospitals, agency teams, family centres, day centres and residential care homes. In addition, we have substantial and growing links with overseas universities, health and social care environments, and other education collaborators.

Courses

Our courses are designed and delivered to foster multidisciplinary perspectives, cultural competence, activism in public and social health policy, interdisciplinary and creative collaboration and professional leadership.

Course Award and duration Course focus
Undergraduate
Social Work BA (Hons) 3 years This degree is for people who want to work as a registered professional Social Worker. It is also suitable for people who want to work in the voluntary or community sector to develop an approved level of skill and knowledge.
Postgraduate
Social Work PGDip 2 years If you already have a degree and are interested in becoming a social worker, our PGDip degree can lead to the qualification you need. This course has seven modules.
Social Work MSc 2 years If you already have a degree and are interested in becoming a social worker, our PGDip degree can lead to the qualification you need. This course has the seven modules on the PGDip plus two additional modules (Applied Research Methods and Dissertation).

Research

Children and Families research group

Children and Families

The focus of the work of the Children and Families Research Group is around children, young people and family wellbeing. Our research around children covers the prenatal period, up to age 18 years. It includes research on safeguarding, child protection, child health, looked-after children, and the role of the family unit including parenting, school, and community influences on child and family wellbeing.

We are interested in research that makes a difference to the lives of children and families and improves health and wellbeing outcomes. Our family-focused research covers additional topics such as domestic violence and abuse, family community services and the development of resilience.