Social Work (Postgraduate entry)

University of York

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Develop yourself with a qualification that allows you to register as a social worker. Discover a career where you can make a real difference to the quality of people's lives. This course offers you both a masters degree and a professional qualification. Our course lasts two years and will equip you with the skills and knowledge you'll need for effective professional practice as a social worker. It is suitable for graduates from a wide range of disciplines who are committed to a career helping people. You'll focus on professional practice and take part in two placements in different areas of social work. On successful completion of the course you'll be able to apply for registration as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also have gained skills and specialist knowledge that would be suitable for a wide range of careers.

Course details


Year 1 In your first year you'll study four modules. Three introduce you to core strands of social work: Knowledge for Social Work You'll develop a theoretical and critical approach to understanding social work. Components of this module include: Examining Knowledge Theories and Models for Understanding, Assessing and Intervening Human Development Contexts for Social Work You'll study the legal, policy and ethical frameworks that dictate, inform and affect social work. Components of this module include: Ethics and Values Social Work Law Social Policy Social Work Practice You'll prepare for the practice of social work. You'll learn through practice on placements and reflect on your professional practice. Components of this module include: Developing Practice Communication Skills Preparation for Practice Readiness for Practice Assessments and Interventions Reflective Practice International Context for Social Work The fourth module will expand your contextual knowledge of social work. Many of our students have experience of social work in other countries, and international comparisons will enhance your understanding of social work in the UK and abroad. Year 2 In your second year you'll study one compulsory module and one optional module. You'll also work on your research dissertation. Current Debates in Social Work Practice You'll discuss and debate topical issues within a framework of human rights and social justice. You'll be intellectually challenged by contemporary issues, with an emphasis on the political. Optional modules You'll choose one of the following optional modules, giving you the chance to look at one area of social work in great detail: Health and Disability Social Work Social Work with Children and Families Social Work and Mental Health Youth Social Work Placements You'll undertake two placements, of 70 and 100 working days. The 70-day placement runs from February to June in your first year. You'll return to the University occasionally for advanced work on the practice and context of social work. The 100-day placement starts at the beginning of your second year, running from late August to March. You'll occasionally return to the University to study your optional module and for teaching that will prepare you for your dissertation.

Assessment method

Types of assessment in this course include: Essays Practical assessment of communication skills Presentations and reports Portfolios Placement supervision and assessment 16,000 word dissertation. You'll also submit work that won't contribute to your final grade. This allows you to get feedback on your progress and understanding before you submit assessed work.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeL508
Institution code Y50
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

You should have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent. You'll also need to have at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English or an equivalent qualification. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability: IELTS: 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in each component PTE: 67, with no less than 61 in each component CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with no less than 176 in each component CAE (before January 2015): 75, with 'Very Good' in Writing CPE (before January 2015): B TOEFL: 100 with no less than 23 in each component Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components You should also have the equivalent of one year's full-time experience working in social care, health care or related voluntary work. Working in a caring role in a personal capacity may also be accepted as relevant experience. If you declare you have a disability when applying you will be offered an interview if you meet the academic criteria for the course. If you receive an offer of place it will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and a satisfactory health declaration. Having either a criminal conviction or a health condition is not an automatic bar to entry. However, failure to disclose relevant information may result in the termination of your training.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


English language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7240 Year 1
England £7240 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7240 Year 1
Scotland £7240 Year 1
Wales £7240 Year 1
Channel Islands £7240 Year 1
International £18240 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

Each year the NHS funds a number of students on our Social Work courses. For students on the MA in Social Work this bursary may contribute toward your tuition fees.

Social Work (Postgraduate entry) at University of York - UCAS