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Social Work PGDip
Social Work PGDip

Social Work PGDip

  • ID:UoB440298
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirement

IELTS 7 overall with no element below 6.5.

Other Requirements

To fulfil professional requirements, you must provide full educational, employment and study history on the application form (including details of any disciplinary record).

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview.

They will also need to confirm before their interview or offer that they can use basic IT facilities (eg word processing software, internet browsers and email) and will be asked to specify how these skills have been obtained.

Social Work England regulate both the profession and the courses through which it is taught, and you are therefore required to conduct yourself in line with their guidance on conduct and ethics.

Applicants for the PGDip with sufficient experience and who are working in a relevant role which enables them to provide evidence that meets the first placement assessment criteria may be able submit that evidence in place of undertaking the first placement. 

If we make you an offer
Once you've accepted your offer, to fulfil professional requirements, you will be expected to provide evidence of the following:

  • satisfactory DBS disclosure
  • satisfactory health declaration/clearance.

Course Information

This intensive programme is for graduates from any discipline wishing to train and qualify as social workers.

Through a combination of academic and professional modules, you will focus on both the social science knowledge base of social work, and on developing your practice-relevant knowledge, skills and values through 200 days of practical learning.

Taught by qualified social workers with a range of practice specialisms and research interests, this course offers exciting opportunities to learn alongside students from related professional disciplines including occupational therapy, teaching, nursing and medicine, mirroring the interprofessional nature of social work practice.

Users of social work services, carers and experienced practitioners are also actively involved in the course and the delivery of teaching sessions. 

The postgraduate diploma (PGDip) can be taken as an alternative and shorter route to obtaining a postgraduate social work qualification with students learning alongside MSc students in all except the dissertation module. It is also available as an early exit award to those registered on the MSc who opt not to take the dissertation module but meet all other requirements of the PGDip.

The MSc and PGDip are both approved by the Social Work England, the regulatory body for social workers and other health professionals. All students will demonstrate Social Work England's Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England, alongside the former College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)

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MSc and PGDip

  • Lifespan Development: Social and Psychological Contexts

  • Legal and Policy Contexts of Decision-Making in Social Work

  • Practice Learning 1

  • Decision-making in Assessment, Risk and Protection

  • Contemporary Social Work Practice

  • Practice Learning 2


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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Social work is a rewarding career for those committed to improving the life opportunities and wellbeing of others, whilst promoting rights and social justice.

Registered social workers generally have little trouble finding employment. There are many relevant vacancies advertised locally and nationally, and there continues to be a demand for social workers both in established posts and with agencies who provide temporary staff to statutory organisations.  

Social workers can specialise in many different areas, including working with children, youth offending, family centres, older people, disabled people, mental health services, homeless people, asylum seekers and refugees, and substance misuse.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance – Single: 300 GBP per year

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