Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Advanced Social Work Practice

This is a flexible course that offers you, as a registered social worker, an integrated academic and professional qualification in the area of children and families social work. It will support your learning from initial qualification as a social worker through to experienced and advanced levels of practice in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework. The modular delivery of the course allows you to learn at a time and pace that suits you and will support your professional development throughout your career. Current practitioners can acquire a Master's qualification while making an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your chosen field of professional practice. Each module will encourage you to explore specific themes, based upon experiences in practice. In this way students will be able to integrate learning across the theory and practice divide.

Entry requirements

You will need a professional social work qualification. This may be a social work degree, diploma in social work, CQSW, CSS or their predecessor UK equivalents, or a recognised international equivalent accompanied by statements of verification issued by a relevant UK Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) such as the Health and Care Professions Council or The General Social Care Council. Applicants from allied disciplines may be eligible to apply for entry onto specific modules. Please contact the course team to discuss your options. Applicants must be a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also be required to demonstrate in your application that you have access to appropriate learning opportunities through your practice settings and that your employer will allow you to use your work in these setting as learning opportunities for the modules on the course. Please note that some Advanced Social Work Practice modules will require you to have an ascertained amount of post qualification experience and / or prerequisite modules that must be completed before you are eligible to enrol. You may also be asked to complete a written task as part of the entry process for certain modules.

Course modules

The modules you complete will depend on the current stage of your social work career. Visit for more information on the modules you may study.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used including essays; research and policy reviews; case study analysis; practice setting analysis; group and individual presentations; observations of practice; and a dissertation. There is a strong focus on helping you to develop your practice as part of your academic achievement, and the course will require you to explore and reflect on your practice as part of the assessment process. As well as formal (graded) assessments you will undertake formative (developmental, ungraded) assessments for which academic staff will provide informal feedback on your progress and development.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Nottingham NG1 4BU East Midlands

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