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Social Work, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 17 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
Social Work is a professional social work qualification offered by The Open University UK, combining academic and practice-based learning. 


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.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Developing social work practice
  • Advancing social work practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 17 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.

Getting a Student Visa

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