University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Social Work

The aim of this course is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession. On this course you can: - Be taught by experts at the forefront of research and who are fully informed on developments within the social work field - Experience broad ranging teaching methods including simulation and workshops in preparation for, and during, two respective work placements - Work alongside service users and carers using creative and contemporary techniques in social work practice - Put your learning into action during your practice placements

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject or a degree in an associated discipline. Applicants with a lower classification (2:2) will be considered on an individual basis, considering relevant experience and academic achievement. Applicants must also have relevant work experience, more than 3 months in voluntary or paid employment in a health, education or social care environment. All shortlisted applications are subject to an interview process with a written exercise. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

Course modules

Year One: Social Work Theory and Context, Evidence-based Practice and other approaches to research, Empowering service users and promoting inclusion, Practice Placement 1, Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (1).

Year Two: Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (2), Project - Writing for a publication, Practice Placement 2, Critical Practice across Service User Groups

Assessment methods

Assessment is primarily based on written, oral or portfolio evidence and is measured against HCPC Standards of Proficiency and the Professional Capability Framework developed by the College of Social Work. There are no formal written examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Admissions Team - Faculty of Science
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