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Studying Social Work at the University of Bradford has taught me to believe in humanity, and how collaborative work can improve the lives of the people we support. Momoh Suleman, MA Social Work

Entry requirements

  • Possess an undergraduate honours degree at 2:1 or higher in any discipline. We will also consider applicants who hold a Master's level qualification.
  • Demonstrate that, by the time they start the course, they will have acquired current and relevant underpinning knowledge from psychology, sociology, and social policy, at a level, which will allow them to complete the MA (Social Work). Applicants who have not acquired such knowledge in completing their first degrees or who obtained their degrees several years ago should consider what further study and/or reading is required as well as study skills revision to prepare them for this level of study. They may need to consider enrolment on foundation-level courses at their local university or distance learning packages, such as the Open University’s ’Introducing the social sciences’ module DD102.
  • Demonstrate that they have relevant work experience equivalent to a minimum of 6 months full-time work (approximately 910 hours). This may be paid or voluntary work and could have been undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants are usually expected to have had a substantial part of such experience during the past 2 years and to have had experience which includes working with vulnerable groups in Britain. Applicants who have limited experience or who have had little or no relevant experience during the past 2 years should consider seeking relevant employment or volunteering via organisations, such as their local Council for Voluntary Services, local Children’s or Adult Services Departments, or local voluntary sector agencies.
  • Demonstrate that their understanding of social work is informed both by underpinning knowledge and by reflection on their experience.
  • Hold certificated qualifications in Maths and English which are, at least, equivalent to GCSE (at grade C or above).
  • The minimum level of English Language attainment for entry to MA Social Work is IELTS 7 or equivalent.
  • Have Information, Communication Technology (ICT) skills that are sufficient to allow them to begin both study and practice and that they will be able to develop these skills during their progress through the course. (Applicants without such relevant skills will need to demonstrate that they have plans to acquire them prior to starting social work training).
  • Complete a health disclosure form.
  • Complete a declaration form regarding matters that include criminal convictions, cautions and reprimands and any disciplinary action by employers, in order to satisfy the programme that they are suitable to work with vulnerable children and adults.
  • All information obtained from the admissions process is used to assess a candidate's potential to successfully complete the social work programme and to eventually practice as a qualified worker in accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulatory standards for Social Work and the College of Social Work’s (TCSW) Professional Capabilities Framework.

English language requirements

IELTS at 7 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

Our programme is built around The College of Social Work’s requirements for practice placements, coupled with a clear system of curriculum development as you progress through the stages of the programme.

You will undertake two assessed practice placements: the first placement in year one and the final
placement in year two. The placements will be with different service user groups and with a minimum of one placement that will allow you to undertake statutory interventions. These placements, along with the 30 days skills preparation and the teaching and learning strategies employed on the programme, will enable you to critically analyse and reflect on your practice and learning.

Our proven skills in teaching rest upon a commitment to clear learning outcomes, a structured system of progression, imaginative assessments and the provision of safe, stimulating learning environments. Our lecturers have a variety of specialist practice, academic and research skills as well as a commitment to providing high quality teaching and learning.

All assessments test skills in critical analysis and reflective practice in the integration of the practice and theory of social work. Prior to starting each placement you will be assessed on your ‘fitness to practice’ and suitability for social work training, and you will be expected to pass your placement at the required level.

Other forms of assessment include:

  • essays
  • blogs
  • reports
  • reflective pieces
  • individual and group presentations and exercises
  • recorded role plays
  • digital story-telling and other practice exercises
  • participation in virtual learning exercises
  • formal examinations
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.