Advancing Practice (Social Work)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Build on your skills as a qualified social worker on this flexible course, which allows you to tailor your learning to achieve your professional goals.

Designed for qualified social workers, students choose modules inline with their career goals. The course has several exit points, depending on whether you wish to attain the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters level. With three pathways, plus optional modules to choose from, this course allows you to tailor your learning for focused professional development.

Within each of the three pathways - Children and Families, Adults and Leadership and Management - there are two core modules. Students chose a further area of study from a selection of modules covering different aspects of social work.

Students are supported in their learning by experienced teaching staff who are registered social workers with diverse professional backgrounds. The learning experience is dynamic, interactive and experiential. Students are encouraged to bring their own 'practice wisdom' to the course and become research-minded practitioners of change. The importance of interdisciplinary teaching is embedded into the programme, enriching the learning experience.

Study style

The course is assessed in a variety of ways including assignments and group presentations

Entry requirements

• Pre-qualification BSc (honours) social work (360 CATS) or pre-qualification MSc/MA social work (180 CATS)• Be a registered social worker with HCPC or have a postgraduate diploma in social work (240 CATS) with evidence of recent CPD or substantial practice and ability to work at level 7• Must have minimum of one year post-qualification practice as a registered social worker


Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Masters £6000
Postgraduate Diploma £4000
Postgraduate Certificate £2000
Non-EU Students
Masters £13500
Postgraduate Diploma £9000
Postgraduate Certificate £4500

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.


Practitioners will find this course valuable for furthering their practice as part of their continuing professional development (CPD) or as a route into management.

Progress your career through modules inline with your career goals on this highly flexible course.
The course reflects best current practice and research thanks to our partnerships with agencies and service users.
You will learn from qualified social workers with diverse professional backgrounds.

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