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Open University: Social Work

Institution Open University
Department The Open University
Telephone 0300 303 5303
Study type Taught


This course will enhance your knowledge of social work theory and legislation, apply your learning to practice, and then develop your critical and analytical skills as a qualified practitioner. The subject matter is interdisciplinary, derived from psychology, sociology, social policy, law and social work studies. The MA in Social Work includes an embedded, professionally-qualifying Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work which, subject to meeting the Social Work England (SWE) registration requirements, is a qualifying award for social workers in England and, subject to conditions, in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Key features of the course

  • Includes a compulsory residential weekend or online alternative, three workshops and two substantive work-based practice placements supervised by a practice educator

  • Equips you to engage in critical and reflective professional practice, according to the Standards for Social Work Education and Codes of Practice and Conduct for the nation in which you train

  • Includes a work-based project that develops your knowledge of a particular field in social work practice and leads to recommendations for improvement in your personal/work-based context.


Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

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