Social Work

The Open University UK

M.A. Online
30 months
9460 GBP/module
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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.

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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 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 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 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

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

    9460 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9460 GBP per module and a duration of 30 months.


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