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Course summary

This graduate entry level course is designed to equip social work students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for qualification. Upon successful completion of the course students will have met the required levels of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). They will then be eligible to apply to register with Social Work England (SWE) to begin their first year in employment as a registered and qualified social worker. The MA (Social Work) is an academic award dependent upon successful completion of a Masters level dissertation as well as demonstrating capable practice. There is an ‘exit award’ of PGDip, which allows successful students to apply to register with (SWE) as a qualified and registered social worker. Students taking this route may be eligible to complete their dissertation for an alternative MA in a related field. The specific educational aims of the course are to:

  • Develop core social work values as identified by the British Association of Social Workers.
  • Develop a knowledge base to underpin capable and effective practice
  • Develop the necessary intellectual skills of critical thinking, inquiry and problem solving as applied to academic learning and to practice ethical, research minded and critically engaged practice
  • Develop a social work practice committed to social justice, which recognises structural inequality and which seeks to counter-act this


Modules include: theories and methods for social work practice; law for social workers; critical perspectives for social work; social work with adults, children, families and carers; 2 placement modules comprising 170 days of assessed practice; dissertation.

Assessment method

The course consists of 4 taught modules, 2 placement modules and a dissertation module.

Entry requirements

All candidates must hold an Honours degree (Bachelor) at 2.1 or above; candidates must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in maths and English; have substantial prior experience in the field of social care, health or education (this can be either paid or voluntary work and must be verifiable by a manager).

Fees and funding

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Social Work at University of Wolverhampton - UCAS