University of Winchester

University of Winchester

Social Work

Students cover the key knowledge base as applied to social work - social policy, legislation, aspects of psychology and sociology, social work theory, and social work methods and communication. The course provides an introduction to the development of professional identity and the acquisition of professional values. Students discuss the complexities and importance of interprofessional working; develop an understanding of the importance of sociological and psychological perspectives across the life course; and gain a critical understanding of different types of interventions underpinned by legislation and social policy. There is a key introductory module which enforces the concept of professional, reflective practice and professional boundaries. Following the core social work modules, students undertake a research module and a dissertation. Students must also complete two practice learning placements - 70-days in the first year and 100-days in the second year. Each placement is different and matched to the student's needs, aptitude and experiences. The final year consolidates earlier teaching, developing research and writing skills. On completion of the course, students have a good knowledge of risk and assessment, a clear sense of the opportunities and demands of being a professional social work practitioner, and the skills and knowledge required at a newly qualified level.

Entry requirements

Normally a first or higher second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject (such as Childhood and Youth Studies, Social Sciences, Politics, Law, Health and Social Care, Teaching or other professional-based courses associated with working with individuals, groups and families)
Applicants with a lower second-class Honours degree, or those seeking to change fields where they can demonstrate an aptitude for the professional role and demonstrate an understanding of the role of social workers may also be considered
A GCSE A*-C pass in English and Mathematics, or equivalent, is required
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check is required on acceptance of the offer of a place. The cost of the DBS check is covered by applicants. For the latest costs please visit the DBS website at
Initial assessment of Fitness/Suitability to Practise, including relevant medical information; and a self-declaration form must be completed by applicants
Prior social care experience in either a paid or voluntary capacity in a relevant setting - community care, youth justice or another setting where caring or teaching is a feature in order to demonstrate an informed decision to embark on a career in social work.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 7.0 (with no element below 6.5) or equivalent.

Course modules

Further information about the core and optional modules for this programme are available from the individual course pages on the University of Winchester website.

Assessment methods

There is an increased emphasis on formative assessment, particularly in the early stages of module delivery. This enables students to practice and develop certain skills, and receive feedback, which helps support and improve their final summative assignments. The range of assignments are designed to meet individual student's varying learning styles and support the development of a range of skills required for practice.

Assessment formats include presentations (individual and group); facilitation of seminars; written assignments (essays, reports and case studies); portfolios; exams (a mixed approach); practical skills assessment; online assessment; and product outputs (academic posters/leaflet).

Practice is assessed through observation and reflection on practice, completion of a portfolio and written assignments. There are also opportunities for practical skills assessment including experiential learning and presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (England) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 22,400 per Whole course (International) 2 years

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