University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Social Work

This programme is designed for people wishing to qualify and practice as a professional social worker.You will work with children and adults to assess their needs, find out what will help them, build their self-confidence, and link them to other services. This requires an ability to appraise complex and difficult situations, drawing on social science research and social work theories and methods of intervention. You will need a thorough understanding of social policies and a firm grasp of the legal powers and duties which underpin your practice. The programme combines university-based learning and two extended periods of supervised practice as a student social worker in a social work agency. You will develop an understanding of the structural and personal factors that lead to disadvantage, oppression and discrimination and learn to apply this understanding to your practice. You will develop skills as a reflective practitioner, appraising relevant evidence, including research, to evaluate your own and others' work, and to contribute to the development of policy and practice.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. Relevant social work/social care related experience (6 months full-time, or part-time equivalent). GCSE English and Mathematics grade A-C (or equivalent) are required.

Course modules

Core units: First year: social work studies; social work with children and young people; social work with adults; mental health social work; housing and homelessness; substance misuse; domestic violence; applied social science and law; human growth and development; law; history and contemporary context of social work; foundations of social work: the professional role; critical thinking skills; professional values and ethics; social work theory and methods; integrative groups; practice learning 1; preparation for practice; communication and interviewing skills; practice development groups; 70-day practice placement. Second year: social work studies 2; social work with children and families or social work with adults; mental health social work; child and adolescent work practice; community social work practice; social work with young offenders; research in social work; research methods in social work; dissertation; practice learning 2; preparation for practice; practice development groups; 100-day practice placement.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 2 years
PgDip Full-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

Key information

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
Telephone number: 
0117 954 6755