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What will I learn?


Learn to work effectively with children, adults and a wide range of social problems

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work course prepares you for a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities that you will encounter in practice. We welcome a range of students with varying backgrounds, whether you’re a college leaver or a mature student.

Gain the skills and knowledge needed for current practice

You will gain a combination of effective and relevant skills alongside up-to-date knowledge of how to work effectively with children, adults and a wide range of social problems.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work course begins with a carefully structured induction programme, before you move on to study modules designed to develop your personal and professional skills.

You will be supported throughout by a structured tutorial programme; linking university-based learning to practice placements.

On this course you will:

  • Learn from experienced and qualified social workers.
  • Gain your qualification from a university with a well-established reputation for teaching Social Work to degree level and beyond.
  • Receive targeted careers support to help you open future career opportunities in a variety of professional roles.
  • Gain credits towards a full MA in Social Work.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of dedicated and experienced social work professionals

On our Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work course, you will get to experience a mix of teaching strategies to make sure that you are building the knowledge and confidence you need to progress in this career.


We use written assignments, group work, workshops, feedback, meetings and placements to develop your skills.

The practice elements of the course are assessed through portfolio presentation and assessor reports.

There are support sessions for particular assessments and a dedicated online platform for study skills to help support your written academic skills. Students can also exit with PGDip award.


Take the first steps to becoming a registered social work professional

Our MA Social Work course is accredited by the national social work regulator: Social Work England.

This means that graduates will be able to register with Social Work England as a qualified social worker (NQSW).

Our close relationships with our social work placement partners often result in our graduates continuing into Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or NQSW roles with those local authorities.

Our partners are invited to talk to our students throughout your degree, meaning you will be able to network whilst still learning, putting you one step ahead of the competition.

Which department am I in?

Social Work and Social Care

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
£22,320.00 (US$ 26,919) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

26 September 2022


Bishop Otter Campus

Bishop Otter Campus,


West Sussex,

PO19 6PE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need 4 year bachelor degree with minimum GPA 2.8.

For international students

Students need to have an honours degree 2:2 or high in a related discipline, normally in a social science subject. UCAS: 96-112 tariff points. A Levels: BBC - CCC; BTEC: DMM - MMM; Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM; Access to HE Diploma :Pass; Pass with at least 12 Distinctions and 15 Merits. GCSE C/4 or above in English Language. IB: 26-28 points. Students need to have an IELTS 7.0 overall. TOEFL: 89 overall with 18 in Reading; 17 in Listening; 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.

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


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