What will I learn?

This fast-track social work course, with a focus on children, young people and their families, will enable trainee social workers to build upon their existing knowledge and skills, and develop the expertise required for social work practice. The programme is a generic social work qualification covering all aspects of Child and Family Social Work and working with Adults required for Graduates to be eligible for registering with Social Work England as a Social Worker.

The Department of Education funds this course through a cluster of local authorities which includes Bournemouth, Poole and Wiltshire, with all applications being made directly to them. You’ll have the option to continue your studies from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Master’s by undertaking a dissertation which will be self-funded.

This course gives you the opportunity to study in a high-profile and nationally recognised department and benefit from direct access to research active and internationally linked academic staff. If you already hold an undergraduate degree and are interested in specialising in work with children and young people, this is the ideal social work course option.

Placements

You will undertake two work placements as part of this course. During the placement you will be expected to integrate theory and practice and to complete a practice learning portfolio. The practice learning placement will facilitate the development of your social work skills, knowledge, critical analysis and evidence-based application of knowledge.

The wide range of placements include social work teams delivering services to children and families, hospital social work teams, residential and day care settings, drug and alcohol services, mental health services, supported housing and homelessness schemes and projects for young people experiencing home and school difficulties.

Careers

Employment opportunities include work within Local Authorities' Children and Families teams and all aspects of social work with children, young people and their families.

Which department am I in?

School of Health & Social Care

Study options

Full Time (14 months)

Tuition fees
The fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work are funded by the Department for Education.
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Lansdowne Campus

Lansdowne,

Christchurch Road,

Bournemouth,

BH1 3JJ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must hold a US Bachelor's (Honours) degree in a relevant subject and may need some relevant work experience, depending on the course.

For international students

Applicants must have one of the following in any discipline except social work from a UK higher education institution (or an approved overseas equivalent): a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification, for example, a degree with honours or a graduate certificate; a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above), for example, a Master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Applicants must also: have GCSEs in English or English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or approved equivalent); have a minimum of 6 months experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people or families; and live in England. Students need an IELTS (academic) 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent and TOEFL IBT with an overall score of 94.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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