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Social Work (Step up to Social Work) PG Dip

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
14 months full time
Department Social Work »

Offered as part of the Surrey and South East London Partnership, the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work (Step up to Social Work) is a condensed programme of study that leads to a professional qualification in Social Work.  It is similar in content to the MSc Social Work but does not include the dissertation requirement.

This course runs in close partnership with local authorities based in inner and outer London boroughs as well as neighbouring counties where you'll benefit from two field work placements – experiencing the world of social work first hand, hearing from service users and carers' representatives. This practical experience informs and is backed up by College-based teaching.

The combination of a taught and practice curriculum breaks down barriers between practice, policy and research, meaning you will emerge from the course as a critically reflective practitioner who can work for the most vulnerable in society within an anti-oppressive framework.

The Department of Social Work has a longstanding tradition of providing excellent social work education and training and has produced a wide range of research that has been highly influential in the development of social work practice.

On completion of the the course you will have advanced knowledge of:

  • sociology, psychology, social policy and law and their application to social work practice
  • the contribution and application of social research to social work theories and practice
  • the range of statutory, voluntary and private welfare organisations within social work agencies and in health, housing and educational environments
  • the range of theories and methods needed for effective social work practice
  • the social and individual origins of a typical range of problems presented to social care agencies
  • values and ethics relevant to social work practice
  • the significance of inequalities and difference in working with organisations and social service users
  • the significance of cultural diversity and anti discriminatory practice in working with organisations and social service users.

Core modules

Practice Learning 1 (this module has no credits, but you'll need to take it to qualify for the degree)

Human Behaviour in the Social Environment

Social Policy for Social Workers

Theories and Knowledge for Social Work Practice

Law for Social Workers

Practice Learning 2 (this module has no credits, but you'll need to take it to qualify for the degree)

Critical Social Work

Understanding and Working in Organisations

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and presentations. Students are also required to successfully complete one 70-day and one 100-day practice-learning placement.

Entry criteria:

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English language requirements:

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International and EU entry requirements

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Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

 Additional information:

We'll prepare you for a career in statutory and voluntary social work. Once you're qualified as a social worker, you'll be able to apply for registration with the Health Care Professionals council. You'll also have the option of continuing your academic development through taught post-qualifying programmes, or research opportunities within the department. 

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