Social Work

Postgraduate Diploma Online
17 months
5195 GBP/year
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Social Work is a professional qualification offered by The Open University UK, combining academic and practice-based learning. 

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The  Social Work programme at The Open University UK will enable you to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with the relevant regulatory body for your nation. 

The subject matter is interdisciplinary, derived from psychology, sociology, social policy, law and social work studies. You may claim the diploma as a discrete qualification, or as an embedded award within the MA in Social Work.

Key features of the course

  • Approved as a social work qualifying award in England by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
  • Includes a residential weekend, face-face workshops and two substantive work-based practice placements supervised by a practice educator
  • Equips you to engage in critical and reflective professional practice, according to the Standards for social work education and Codes of Practice and Conduct for the nation in which you train

Career relevance

On successful completion of the diploma, you will become eligible to apply for registration as a qualified social worker in England. 

This is a broad qualification spanning children and families, adults and mental health social work and prepares you to work in a range of settings including local authorities, healthcare providers and the private, voluntary and independent sector.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 17 months

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More details

The Postgraduate Diploma is available for study in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. It is not currently available for students working in Wales.




120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants will be required to have an honours degree with a minimum 2:2 classification in any discipline together with a proven record of experience of engaging directly with Service Users in a professional setting. 
  • Candidates’ experience will be considered individually on application but we would normally expect a minimum of one year's experience – either paid or voluntary – in a setting such as a local authority or a health or social care provider in the private, voluntary or independent sector.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    5195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7360 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 17 months.


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