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

Course summary

Develop yourself with a qualification that allows you to apply 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. You will also gain skills and specialist knowledge that would be suitable for a wide range of careers. Accreditation After completing this Masters degree you can apply to register as a social worker with Social Work England.


Year 1 In the first half of Year 1 you'll prepare for your first statutory placement with a range of core modules which ensure you're ready for practice. You will explore the ethical, legal and policy contexts for social work, which will equip you to manage the competing pressures of social work practice. The placement begins in the Spring Term and lasts for 70 days, after completion of a module designed to support your professional development. Year 2 As part of your second year you'll undertake your final statutory placement. This will take 100 days and will contribute 40 credits toward your course. You will also choose a module that will allow you to study a particular branch of social work in more depth, and work on your dissertation. You will work with a qualified social work practice educator who will support and assess you throughout the placement. Your placement is a chance to develop and follow your own professional interests, with guidance from our academic staff.

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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GCSE (or equivalent) English at grade C/4. An offer of a place will also be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and a satisfactory health declaration. Experience working in social care, health care or related voluntary work would be advantageous.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We require IELTS 7.0, with a minimum 7.0 in each component or equivalent. Please refer to the English Language requirements for your course:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9540 Year 1
EU £23900 Year 1
England £9540 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9540 Year 1
Scotland £9540 Year 1
Wales £9540 Year 1
Channel Islands £9540 Year 1
International £23900 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