Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Social Work

We are delighted to have launched a new postgraduate qualifying route, which started in January 2018.


This route offers candidates who already hold a first degree the opportunity to qualify more quickly. Through our Postgraduate Diploma, students will be able to qualify as a social worker in less than 18 months.


Our new qualification will cover children and families, adults and mental health social work with reference throughout to the legal context. In our fully integrated approach, practice learning is undertaken alongside skills development and theoretical learning. The programme is work-based and delivered collaboratively by the OU and social work employers.


The postgraduate programme includes a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, and an MA in Social Work. The PG Dip is approved as a qualifying award for entry to the HCPC register for social workers in England and provisionally approved (subject to conditions) by the SSSC in Scotland.

For further information please follow this link:

Postgraduate Social Work Programme

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