Maintain your CPD for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Flexible access to modules which equip you with the critical skills needed for contemporary practice to improve the lives of service users
Enhance your career, professional credibility and employability with the scope to take one module or progress to the awards of PgCert, PgDip or Masters
Social Workers are required to intervene in the lives of vulnerable people and people in crisis making decisions which impact directly on individuals, families and society. The emphasis in this course is on the application of skills (practical, critical and intellectual), knowledge and research to social-work practice, with the aim of improving opportunity and outcomes for service users and communities.
Modules are offered which are relevant at whatever stage of career you are at – from modules to support you at the outset of your social work career to modules which develop supervision and management skills. All modules have been developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders.
You may enter the course as sponsored student from your employer or may be self-funding.
If you are a newly qualified social worker you will usually come onto the course to undertake Professional Practice (ASYE) and/or Consolidation of Professional Practice and/or Applied Critical Reflection.
If you are more experienced social workers you may wish to access modules individually or you can undertake a number of modules in order to gain a PgCert, PgDip or MSc.
The table gives a brief description of the modules and indicates in which semesters they will run in any one year. Some of our modules run twice a year.
The course and the modules constitute Continuing Professional Development for qualified social workers. You must therefore be undertaking primary social work tasks in your employment (or be eligible to do so in the case of newly qualified students). In order to enter the course and achieve the MSc, PgDip or PgCert, candidates must hold:
If your first language is not English you must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5,5 or above or complaint with UKBA guidance) from the Cambridge / British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) which provides a common international basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses, curriculum, examinations etc. This is broadly comparable to a classification of C1 under the Common European Framework (CEF).
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
In line with national developments all of our modules are assessed at postgraduate level. We feel this acknowledges that social work as a profession operates at that level of academic equivalence. However, we positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study at postgraduate level.
Application is done online.
We do not normally require a test and will only do this if you do not possess a degree and cannot demonstrate to us on the application form that you have the potential to study at postgraduate level.
Please complete applications as fully as possible.
This course has an integrated approach to teaching and learning, focusing on lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as independent learning methods.
Teaching is usually over 8 weeks, one day per week.
You will be encouraged to critically analyse and reflect upon your own practice experiences.
Teaching modes include:
Social work at Salford University has links with a wide variety of agencies in the Greater Manchester area. We work with local authorities, not-for-profit agencies and the voluntary sector. We work with over 300 agencies and are involved in collaborative training with our local authority partners.
This course and the modules have been designed with the involvement of local employers to support workforce development and the needs of stakeholders.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,765 (year 1)|
September; February; April
MSc (three years part-time)
PgDip (two years part-time)
PgCert (one year part-time)