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Social Work

PGDip or MA

Key facts


Start dates

September 2020

Course length

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

Part time: maximum of 5 years

Department

Department of Sports, Health Sciences and Social Work

Accreditation(s)

Health and Care Professions Council

Overview


With our MA or PGDip in Social Work you will have access to a wide range of work-based learning opportunities with Oxfordshire and neighbouring authorities and allied agencies.

You will receive the input of experienced researchers working in the established areas of:

  • children and families
  • drugs and alcohol
  • ageing
  • inter-professional education
  • collaborative practice.

You can study the Social Work MA as a two-year full-time course (maximum five years on a part-time basis). You will typically be able to gain the PGDip in 22 months.

Our graduates are highly employable with almost 100% obtaining employment after graduating. On completing the MA or PGDip, you will be eligible for registration as a qualified social worker with the social work regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is due to change to Social Work England.

Our social work courses have been ranked highly in league tables (The Guardian and The Sunday Times University Guides).

How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at least to grade C or above

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 basic IT skills with reliable access to the internet, preferably through a broadband connection.

Additionally:

  • you should have experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people. This would typically be the equivalent of one year’s full-time experience of social care or health care-related practice in either the statutory or the voluntary sector. Caring in a personal capacity may in some instances be acceptable as relevant experience.

Credit Transfer

Candidates may be admitted with credit from APL or APEL for the University based part of the programme. In exceptional circumstances where the student can demonstrate the required capabilities and meet assessment criteria, credit for placement learning will be considered.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Screening

All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, an Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minumum of 6.5 in each component) is required.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

International applicants will:

  • need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas if offered a place
  • be asked to pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure a place on the course.

Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

International applicants will need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas.

If you are offered a place you may be asked to pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure a place on the course.

Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.

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Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£7,340 (Masters); £6,610 (Diploma)

Home/EU part time
£3,740

International full time
£14,050

International part time
£1,520 per single module

Home/EU full time
£7,600 (Masters)

Home/EU part time
to be confirmed

International full time
£14,500

International part time
£1,610 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£7,340 (Masters); £6,610 (Diploma)

Home/EU part time
£3,740

International full time
£14,050

International part time
£1,520 per single module

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£7,600 (Masters)

Home/EU part time
to be confirmed

International full time
£14,500

International part time
£1,610 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

At the time of writing, Postgraduate social work students may be eligible to apply for the social work bursary (SWB). Please visit the NHSBA website for further details. The social work bursary is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBA) on behalf of the Department of Health who set the number of bursaries available each year. Performance at interview day will be used to rank applicants in order for the SWB, with applicants for the full MA given priority over applicants of the PGDip.

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment


You will take seven core modules. Both awards require two practice placements, which will include attendance throughout the summer months.

MA students will also need to take the Applied Research Methods module and complete a dissertation.

Social worker with young person

Study modules

The modules listed below are for the master's award. For the PGDip award your module choices may be different. Please contact us for more details.

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Skill Development and Professional Communication

The Policy and Law Context of Social Care

Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Adults

Foundations in Child Welfare and Wellbeing

Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Children and Families

Applied Research Methods

Placement

Compulsory modules

Social Work Practice 1 (70-day practicum experience)

Full-time students complete this placement in the 1st Year during Semesters 2 and 3. 

The Part-time mode of study allows more flexibility as to when placements can be undertaken. Usually, part-time students complete this in the 2nd year during Semesters 2 and 3.

Social Work Practice 2 (100-day practicum experience)

Full-time students complete this placement 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, part-time students complete this in the 3nd year during Semesters 1 and 2.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a mixed mode of learning methods including:

  • classroom learning
  • distance learning
  • work-based activities.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed through a variety of methods:

  • written assignments
  • class tests
  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • dissertation.

Research


We have a number of promising and senior experienced researchers who work in established areas including:

Researcher using a laptop in a quiet space

After you graduate


Career prospects

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 (due to change to Social Work England), 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.

Our Staff


Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.