Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

Social Work

We are offering two social work qualifications - an MA and a PGDip - for applicants who hold a relevant degree and experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people within the UK. The Social Work MA is a two-year full-time course (maximum 5 years on a part-time basis) while the PGDip can typically be gained in 18 months. Graduates completing the MA or PGDip are eligible for registration as a qualified social worker with the social work regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Entry requirements

You must have a good honours degree (2:1 or above for the MA; 2:2 or above for the PGDip), or a professional qualification equivalent to an undergraduate degree, normally in a cognate area AND have GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at least to grade C or above, and basic IT skills with reliable access to the internet, preferably through a broadband connection. Additionally you should have experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people in the UK. This experience should be sufficient to enable you to clearly demonstrate your commitment and motivation, and your understanding of the knowledge, skills and values of social work. This would typically be the equivalent of one year's full-time experience of social care or health care-related practice in either the statutory or the voluntary sector in the UK. Caring in a personal capacity may in some instances be acceptable as relevant experience. Successful applicants must submit where possible, a recent practice reference from a social care employer in the UK who can verify that they have met the PCF levels of capability required at the point of entry to qualifying social work programmes.

Course modules

Core modules include: Skill development and professional communication; the policy and law context of social care; social work practice 1; social work theory, assessment and evidence-informed intervention with adults; supporting children and families: building the evidence; social work practice 2; social work theory, assessment and evidence-informed intervention with children and families. MA students will be required to undertake: Applied research methods; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, class tests, portfolios, presentations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 - 5 years
PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 5 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Marston Road Campus Oxford OX3 0FL South East

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Programme Administrator
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01865 488120