Social Work PGDip

Key information

Duration:
19 months full time
Start date:
September 2019
Apply by:
The initial deadline is 15 January 2019 but late applications can be considered. 
You will learn in sessions led by academic faculty, experienced practitioners, service users and carers. In this supportive environment you'll develop crucial skills for independent and collaborative learning.
 
You will take also undertake two placements in local social welfare agencies.

Why choose this course?

  • The Social Work PGDip has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), the regulator for social work, and enables graduates to register as social workers.
  • Our relationships with local social welfare agencies are excellent. Joint projects include development, training and research initiatives.
  • If you decide to pursue a Social Work MA after this course, you may be able to do so by completing a dissertation once in practice at one of our partner local authorities.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of at least 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 72%-85% depending on your university.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of at least 70%-75% depending on your university

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 80%.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.0-3.5/5.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with at least 80% or GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 13/20 from a public university or 15/20 from a private university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Bakalavr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.3/4.5 or 3.1/4.3 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of at least 67%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

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Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. If you don't have the academic qualification for the course you may still be considered if you have substantial practical experience in social care or a related field. 

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)Yes
Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check

Yes. All candidates offered a place on the course will be required to satisfactorily complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a CRB check), including a check of all cautions and warnings as well as convictions, before their place on the course is confirmed. Note that the University will pay the costs of this check directly on your behalf.

Health check

Yes. A satisfactory health declaration must be completed before you start the course. We will send a form for you to complete. 

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The course code is L507. The initial deadline is 15 January 2019 but late applications can be considered. 

InterviewsYes
Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

Selection dayYes
Work experience

Yes. You must have at least six months of relevant practice experience.  

Work shadowingYes

If you want to start the course at a different stage (i.e not at the beginning) because you have evidence of prior learning, your application will be considered on an individual basis. 

We will consider if you have:  

  • accumulated the required number of credits at an appropriate level
  • studied the specific subject content and achieved the learning outcomes required for the stage of the course you are applying for.

You must show evidence of your prior learning. 

You must have completed at least four days shadowing of a Registered Social Worker in any agency setting and social work role.

You can complete this requirement via confirmation of previous experience or carry it out as part of your current role.

Self-assessment and independent verification of learning resulting from the workplace shadowing is required normally before you can start the course.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Application deadlines

The initial deadline is 15 January 2019 but late applications can be considered. 

Course details

How will I study?

Assessment methods include essays, an examination, oral and visual presentations, a viva voce, placement reports and case studies.

All elements of the Social Work PGDip assessment are mandatory and you must pass them all. It's not possible to miss an aspect of course assessment on the grounds of illness and be awarded the Social Work MA on the basis of marks for the remaining aspects of assessment.

Work placement

You complete 200 practice development days, drawing on our excellent partnerships with local service users, carers and social work, and social care and health agencies:

  • 170 days in two social work placements – both the 70-day placement and the 100-day placement are to be undertaken in Sussex local authorities. These are organised through the South Coast Regional Centre for Social Work Education (SCRC). Find out more about this pioneering social work education partnership.
  • 30 days of Practice Development Workshops delivered by experienced practitioners, academic faculty and experts by experience (service users and carers).

These specialist placement and learning pathways give you experience of child and family as well as adult social work.

Please note

Certificate and Diploma programs at the University of Sussex are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loans. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£4,500 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£4,500 per year
International students:
£8,640 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Additional costs

All costs are best estimates based on current market values. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out tips for budgeting as a student

DBS check

The University subsidises the mandatory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), with no cost to the student.

Travel to and from placements

This course has mandatory placements for students in the final year of social work programmes. Students who receive an NHS bursary for their studies must pay for any travel to placements. Students who don't get the bursary may receive the NHS Placement Travel Allowance if they meet residency and other eligibility criteria. Travel costs incurred as part of the placement business will be reimbursed by the agency.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Scholarships for this course for entry in the academic year 2019 are yet to be confirmed. They will be published here as soon as they are available.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to work in the field of professional social work and are highly sought after by employers, working with children and families and in adult social care.

Many pursue learning through continuing professional development courses and progress to take leadership roles in the profession.

Only successful completion of the Social Work PGDip entitles you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a social worker.

97% of students from the Department of Social Work and Social Care were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent School of Education and Social Work graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • social worker, Brighton & Hove City Council
  • social worker, Community Mental Health
  • social work, Adult Social Care.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers of Higher Education 2017 survey)

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