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Social Work, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This Social Work course from The Open University UK will enhance your knowledge of social work theory and legislation, apply your learning to practice, and then develop your critical and analytical skills as a qualified practitioner.


The subject matter is interdisciplinary, derived from psychology, sociology, social policy, law and social work studies. 

The Social Work course from The Open University UK includes an embedded, professionally-qualifying Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work which, subject to meeting the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration requirements, is a qualifying award for social workers in England and, subject to conditions, in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Key features of the course

  • Includes a residential weekend, face-to-face workshops, two work-based placements and a project that will be of immediate benefit to your practice
  • 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
  • Explores ways to share your improved practice more widely

Career relevance

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

On successful completion of the embedded Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, you will become eligible to apply for registration as a qualified social worker in England, and subject to condition, in Scotland.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Developing social work practice
  • Advancing social work practice
  • Transforming professional 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 12 months
  • Credits
    180 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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