24 months
13500 GBP/year
7100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Social Work programme from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) provides a variety of opportunities for you to develop the knowledge, skills and appropriate values to work positively with people who have lived experience of social work practice.

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You’ll develop and integrate knowledge, skills and values for, and in, practice to meet the British Association of Social Work ers (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework at the Qualifying Level for Social Workers in England and the Standards for the Professional regulator (Social Work England). 

Why study with us

Values for ethical and effective social work practice are at the heart of the MA in Social Work course, underpinned by connection to people with lived experience of social work, research and the professional evidence base.

You’ll spend approximately 200 days in supported practice settings, building on your academic learning to develop critical understanding of the practice context, professional skills and demonstrate values-based practice to professional standards.

Teaching is provided in a block alongside a blend of opportunities to apply and explore this learning in respect of people with lived experience of social work practice and with social work practitioner contact.

Future careers

Recent graduates of the Social Work programme from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have gained jobs in social work teams in safeguarding/support roles, in children’s, young people and adult’s services, and with local authority, third sector and private organisations.  

You could also return to the School to undertake post-qualifying courses and continue academic study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Preparing for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Practice Experience 
  • Understanding and Applying Social Work Law and Policy
  • Theoretical Perspectives for Considering Self and Others Across the Lifespan
  • Complexities in Social Work Practice
  • Research for Social Work practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 degree and English GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent

  • IELTS: grade 7.0 with no component lower than 7.0
  • Applicants are required to attend a selection day when they will be interviewed for the course

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13500 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    7100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7100 GBP per year during 24 months.

Part-time: £785 per 20 credit module

Living costs for Preston

751 - 1425 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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