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Social Work MA

What is Social Work?

Social workers support and empower people to make changes and improve lives. They act to protect vulnerable people whilst respecting and promoting human rights. The MA study is over 20 months and the Postgraduate Diploma over 18 months. Successful completion of this intensive generic social work teaching programme will lead you to becoming a professionally qualified Social Worker registered with Social Work England – Successful completion will enable you to practise in your chosen field of children and families or adults, and across a range of areas – including statutory, voluntary, private and the independent sector.

Teaching staff are registered social work practitioners and bring specific areas of knowledge and expertise to the teaching programme.

Study style

The teaching programme is dynamic, interactive, and experiential. Engaging in academic and applied learning, this teaching programme will provide you with a balance of theoretical frameworks and interactive practical work experiences in social work and social care settings.  You’ll engage in studies that provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and theoretical frameworks that inform all areas of social work practice with adults and children. _ With emphasis on experiential learning, your studies will include working in small tutorial and seminar groups, simulations, role play, group work and opportunities to develop reflective and critical debate.

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Entry requirements

    • This course is specifically designed for people who want to qualify and practice as a professional social worker in England. Applicants should have a detailed understanding of social work practices in the UK and hold a 2.1 honours degree equivalent in a relevant subject area. Applicants must also have at least three months recent work experience in a social care setting, contributing to some understanding of social work.

    • Selection for this course is by interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

    • At least 3 months’ work experience in a social care setting, contributing some understanding of social work.

    • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above, or an equivalent qualification.

      If you don’t have a traditional GCSE, get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency that is at International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7.0 overall.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Jan 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester £8,275 £15,000
Jan 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester £8,700 £15,900
Jan 2025 Oxstalls, Gloucester TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as a Social Worker.

Industry links

The course has been designed in partnership with agencies and service users, and you’ll be supported by a team of committed, experienced, registered social workers.

Your fast-track route to professional qualification

An intensive fast-track programme to gain a professional qualification in short period of time. Successful completion means you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England.

Qualify with excellent employability prospects

After you graduate, you’ll be able to practice in a range of fields and for a variety of employers – including in statutory, voluntary, private and independent sectors.

Endless possibilities with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in the subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG students can benefit from an alumni discount. Receive 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees as a 2022 graduate.

Discover your next step.


The course is structured to help you put learning into practice. The placements you undertake must be in different service areas, to broaden your perspective and experience. We have good connections to help you gain industry experience through a wide range of placements – across a variety of settings within Gloucestershire and beyond.

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