Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK fee

£7,000 per year of study (2022/23)

International fee

£14,700 per year (2022/23)

Course level




Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

  • Gain experience in work placements where you can put theory into practice
  • Study a course approved by Social Work England
  • Apply for a bursary from the Department of Health and you may be eligible for funding towards your tuition fees and work placement travel expenses. 

Partnerships with people

Social workers form partnerships with people, helping them to assess and interpret the problems they face, and support them in finding solutions. This course will provide you with the skills and theories that will enable you to work as a qualified social worker in a range of settings. A career in social work is very challenging, but equally rewarding, as you get the opportunity to help make a difference in someone's life.

Engaging placements

During this course, you'll spend 170 days in work placements where you can apply the theory you learn into practice. You'll have 80 days in practice during stage one, and 90 days during stage two.

We have great links with our partners in the local and surrounding areas, so we can provide you with the effective and practical experience you'll need.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes, such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

Placement hours are subject to change.

Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

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What you will study

Your first year will give you the opportunity to develop core skills and knowledge in subjects such as Social Work Law and Policy, Critical Perspectives of Social Work and a placement of 80 days.

In your second year you’ll build on the knowledge and skills acquired in year one, and you’ll continue to develop your practical and reflective skills in a 90 day placement. You’ll then engage in a research project which will encourage you to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge to research and practice.

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Contemporary Issues in Social Work
  • Preparation for Practice Learning
  • Social Work Law
  • Practice Learning 1
  • Practice learning 2
  • Youth Justice
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Independent Study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Our teaching team includes several qualified social workers with many years of experience working in the sector. Some of the classroom-based activities include lectures, small group work, case discussions and debates. During this course, you’ll spend 170 days in work placements where the theory you have learnt can be put into practice. All placements are allocated for you and will give you a broad range of experience.

You'll be taught by an experienced team which includes:

How you'll be assessed

Our teaching team uses a range of interesting assessment techniques to provide you with appropriate challenges and assess your development. These include written assignments, presentations, role play and oral examinations. 

Entry requirements

You'll need:

  • A minimum 2:1 honours degree (except in exceptional circumstances) or international equivalent
  • GCSE grade C or above in English and maths or certificated equivalences, regardless of previous educational qualifications
  • Applicants are required to have experience in social care. This may be paid or unpaid work, personal experience of caring for someone with social care needs or being a service user themselves
  • Completion of a written test, regardless of previous qualification or educational background
  • Non-UK applicants for September 2022 should achieve a minimum score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each skill area) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment (or an equivalent assessment)
  • Non-UK applicants for September 2023 should achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment (or an equivalent assessment)
  • International applicants can demonstrate their English language from any of the accepted qualifications or by taking the Derby English Language Test (any testing with evidence of attainment needs to be completed prior to the submission of an initial application). If applicants are using a WAEC qualification as certified evidence this must be at a minimum of C4 for English and C6 for Maths
  • Applications that do not provide the above at the time of application may be rejected. Re-submission of applications will not be accepted if an unsuccessful application has already been submitted in the same academic year
  • To undergo a health check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The health check determines your fitness for practice
  • Confirm prior to interview/offer decision making that you can use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email
  • Demonstrate awareness of social context for social work practice, awareness of self, ability to develop rapport and potential to develop relevant knowledge, skills and values through professional training (Understanding the levels of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF))

*Accreditation of prior learning will not be considered for this course

Interview information

Covid-19 vaccination requirements

The University does not require students to be vaccinated as part of their programme. However, some placement providers may request the University to confirm vaccination status prior to students being allocated to them on placement modules. In this instance, we may need to ask students about their vaccination status.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)


£7,000 per year of study



£14,700 per year


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional costs and optional extras

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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Any postgraduate social work bursaries awarded to the University of Derby (by NHSBSA) will be allocated depending on the applicant’s performance at interview and the written test during the admissions process. Offers to study on the programme that are made to candidates on or before the 30 June each year, will receive priority consideration. Offers made from the 1 July up to the start of the programme will be considered once the programme has started.

Additional costs and optional extras

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

On-campus courses starting in September 2022 and January 2023 are now closed to new applications from international students due to unprecedented demand. Applications for September 2023 will open in October. If you have any questions, please email

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Guidance for international applicants applying for a postgraduate degree


There's a growing demand for qualified social workers who can work in a variety of fields, and this course prepares you for that. You could work with issues such as child protection, vulnerable adults, mental health, disability, older adults and youth justice. These may exist in a variety of settings such as hospitals, day centres, area offices, residential centres, voluntary sectors and schools.

Once you are a qualified social worker, you'll be expected to continue your professional development so you can keep up-to-date with current trends in the sector and keep your skills updated.

Contact us

Catherine John-Baptiste (Programme Leader) 01332 594145

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

Included in your fees
  • DBS check 
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
  • Students pay the first £5 of your travel to placements. Further costs can be claimed back through the university
Optional costs not included in your fees
  • Textbooks to supplement anything available through the library
  • Crime youth certificate
  • British Association of Social Workers (BASW) optional membership, please see BASW website for their current membership rates

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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