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 fieldwork 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 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.
Teaching & assessment
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.
Please contact the Department of Social Work for the current entry criteria.
English language requirements
We accept the following internationally-recognised English language qualifications:
- Pearson Test of English
- Cambridge ESOL
Your future career
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.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £4800
International students tuition fee per year**: £9935
Other essential costs***: You will need to travel to and from placements and may wish to apply for an NHS bursary to help cover transport costs.
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email email@example.com for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.