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*Subject to revalidation

  • Complete the training necessary to register as a social worker
  • Two placements matched to your aptitude and experiences
  • Opportunities to learn from service users, carers, and professionals
  • The programme is approved by Social Work England

Social Work at Winchester is a professional qualification covering the main knowledge, skills and values essential for practising as a newly qualified social worker. Successful completion of this programme makes you eligible to register as a social worker with Social Work England.

You cover the key knowledge base of social work – social policy, legislation, aspects of psychology and sociology, social work theory, and social work methods and communication. The course provides an introduction to the development of professional identity and the acquisition of professional values. You discuss the complexities and importance of interprofessional working; develop an understanding of the importance of sociological and psychological perspectives across the life course; and gain a critical understanding of different types of interventions underpinned by legislation and social policy. There is a key introductory module which enforces the concept of professional, reflective practice and professional boundaries.

You complete two practice learning placements – 70 days in the first year and 100 days in the second year. Each placement is matched to your needs, aptitude and experiences. On completion of the course, you have a good knowledge of risk and assessment, a clear sense of the opportunities and demands of being a professional social work practitioner, and the skills and knowledge required at a newly qualified level.

Core modules include Introduction to Professional Social Work, The Legal and Professional Knowledge Base of Social Work, Professional Social Work: Methods and Interventions, Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice, Social Work Risk and Assessment, and Social Work Practice in Contemporary Society.

Masterclasses offer the chance to learn alongside external practitioners and there are strong links with partner agencies who provide both practice placements and contribute to the teaching and development of the course. Service Users and Carers contribute to your learning throughout the programme.


This programme is approved by Social Work England which means you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on successful completion of the course.


Graduates may work with any service user or carer group across the profession, ranging from work in the statutory sector for both children and adults through to roles within the voluntary and independent sector.

*Subject to revalidation

This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

In the first year, students are required to complete a 70-day practice learning placement. In the second year, students are required to complete a 100-day practice learning placement. Each placement is different and is matched to the student's needs, aptitude and experiences.

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Daytime

Lecturers have varied experiences and interests which they draw on to develop insights in the workplace and help students develop employability skills such as report writing and critical analysis.

The cohorts of students are small to enable the teaching team to provide the necessary challenge and appropriate levels of support to develop curiosity, autonomy and creativity in practice and learning.

The integration of subject specialists and outside speakers is a unique feature of the course - master classes offer students the chance to learn alongside external practitioners and there are strong links with partner agencies who provide both practice placements and contribute to the teaching and development of the course. Service users and carers contribute to the learning of students throughout the programme.

The MSc Social Work programme is a professional training programme that demands a high level of commitment and full attendance. For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.

Workshops and seminars develop some of the underpinning research skills. Students are part of ongoing online and face-to-face discussions with tutors and other students and are equipped to present aspects of research in a range of ways.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester


There is an increased emphasis on formative assessment, particularly in the early stages of module delivery. This enables students to practice and develop certain skills, and receive feedback, which helps support and improve their final summative assignments. The range of assignments are designed to meet individual student's varying learning styles and support the development of a range of skills required for practice.

Assessment formats include presentations (individual and group); facilitation of seminars; written assignments (essays, reports and case studies); portfolios; exams (a mixed approach); practical skills assessment; online assessment; and product outputs (academic posters/leaflet).

Practice is assessed through observation and reflection on practice, completion of a portfolio and written assignments. There are also opportunities for practical skills assessment including experiential learning and presentations.
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types can be found by attending an open evening or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree. Applicants who do not satisfy the normal entry requirements may be admitted to the programme, provided that they can demonstrate an aptitude for the professional role and demonstrate an understanding of the role of social workers. Applicants are required to have gained GCSE passes at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from summer 2017 onwards) or above in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.

Ideally applicants will have prior social care experience, in either a paid or voluntary capacity, in a relevant setting - community care, youth justice or another setting where caring or teaching is a feature. This will demonstrate an informed decision to embark on a career in social work.

Shortlisted applicants are expected to attend an interview at the University, as per HCPC requirements. Interviews will include a group task, written assessment and individual interview with academic staff and placement partners (service users and/or practitioners). Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about the format of the interview if successful shortlisted.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check is required on acceptance of the offer of a place. The cost of the DBS check is covered by applicants. For the latest costs please visit the DBS website. Initial assessment of Fitness/Suitability to Practise, including relevant medical information; and a self-declaration form must be completed by applicants.

If English is not your first language: For overseas students outside of the EU, IELTS 7.0 (with no element less than 6.5) or equivalent.

Application process

All applications must be made via UCAS. Applicants will need to complete the registration process before creating their application online. Full details are available on the UCAS website.

Applications can be made via UCAS from the autumn of the year prior to entry and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The course code is L501 and our institution code is W76. The deadline for applications is 15 January. If you wish to apply after this date please contact us.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0)1962 827234
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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted before the 15 January 2021. If you wish to apply after this date, please contact us.

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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our open evenings.

Level 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Professional Social Work Pass/Fail
The Legal and Professional Knowledge Base of Social Work 10
Professional Social Work: Methods and Interventions 10
First Practice Placement 30
Human Growth and Development 10

Year 2 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Social Work in Contemporary Society 10
Research Methods and Evidence Informed Practice 10
Social Work Risk and Assessment 10
Dissertation 60
Second Practice Placement 30

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2022 Course Tuition Fees



Year 1 £8,550 £14,800
Year 2 £8,550 £14,800
Total £17,100 £29,600

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2022, the first year will cost you £8,550. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for the two-year MSc Social Work would be £17,100 for UK students.

Additional course costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Disclosure and Barring Service

A Discloure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check is required when applicants accept their offer for a place on the course. Indicative cost is £40.

Students are not required, but are recommended, to register for the DBS update service during the length of the programme. Indicative cost is £13 per year.

Business Insurance

Students will be required to have appropriate motor insurance if they are driving their own vehicle during any placement. The type of motor insurance cover will depend on the type of journey that they undertake. Driving to and from the placement is commuting and driving as part of the business activity during the placement day is driving for business use.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Social Work Bursary allocation criteria for 2021 entrants: 

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) currently provides a limited number of bursaries for social work students to help with study and living costs. 

There are not enough bursaries for all social work students and the number of students that the University can nominate changes each year.

Currently students who apply by the 15th January UCAS deadline and firmly accept their offer by the NHSBSA bursary capping deadline (usually early August) are nominated for available social work bursaries, with any additional bursaries allocated to those who apply after the deadline on a first come first served basis.

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of students who applied by the UCAS deadline, we allocate bursaries using first degree classification for MSc Social Work Students. If secondary criteria is required after ranking by degree classification, we use the average of the year 3 modules as secondary criteria for the MSc bursary allocation.

MSc Social Work Students will be notified prior to the course commencing if they have been nominated for a bursary (usually early in September). Students must have fully completed the registration and enrolment process by the 30 September at the latest, otherwise the bursary may be re-allocated to another student.

Further information, including the eligibility criteria for the bursary is available from the NHSBSA

We have a variety of other scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

Key course details

UCAS code
Full-time: 2 years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree
On campus, Winchester