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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work

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18 months Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £10,350

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work programme provides a flexible and accessible framework for those with a:

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or high in a related discipline, normally in a social science subject
  • Social work or social care experience of up to six months or equivalent part-time (paid or voluntary)​
  • GSCE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent;
  • A minimal IELTS score of 7 on each module i.e. reading, writing and listening (from those for whom English is not their first language);
  • A satisfactory health and enhanced DBS check.

Course content

6th out of 79 institutions for overall satisfaction for our Social Work programmes (NSS 2020) 

Why study this course?

A career in social work is a chance to make a difference in a person’s life and the community they live in. Social Workers tackle serious social matters and encourage the best solutions to support people through difficult times. It is a challenging, interesting and rewarding profession to enter.

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work will allow you to apply for registration as a qualified social worker in 18 months with Social Work England. This course is designed for those looking for a fast track way into the sector, without compromising the quality of their qualification. If you’re looking for a way to enter the social work profession but don’t have the opportunity to commit to a full MA Degree, the Postgraduate route is ideal for you.

The course has many good features including:

  • A welcome to students of all ages and non-standard qualifications.
  • Small student groups to ensure personal contact.
  • Excellent student services and support systems.
  • Good quality practice placements supported by experienced and social work qualified practice educators
  • An exceptional record for graduates gaining professional employment.


The University has a well-established, nationally recognised reputation for providing undergraduate and postgraduate social work courses which combine a professional qualification with an academic degree.  This is a critical part to the programme to ensure you build your confidence in the work place. You will be allocated personal tutor and a structured tutorial programme is provided to help you link campus-based learning to your practice placements.

Social Work England

Social work is a regulated profession. As a social work student you will be expected to adhere to professional standards set by Social Work England and follow the code of ethics owned by the British Association of Social Workers.


This course starts in September

Take a look at our Social Work brochure.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

The Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Careers Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC offers:

  • Books and journals
  • E-resources, including multimedia streaming
  • Mac and PC suites
  • Printing and scanning facilities
  • PrintShop services
  • General meeting areas
  • Group and individual study spaces
  • Equipment Loans
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Indicative modules

Year 1

  • Induction
  • Introduction to the Social Work Profession           
  • Human Development and Psychology across the lifespan               
  • Social Work Law and Social Policy
  • Practice, Research and Dissertation Skills
  • Readiness for Practice Interview
  • Social Work Methods of Assessment Intervention, Risk and Safeguarding. 
  • Values, Dilemmas and Conflict in Social Work Practice.
  • 70-day practice placement                  

Year 2 / credit level 7

  • Reflection, Analysis and Decision Making with Children and Adults
  • 100 day practice placement

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching strategies

The Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work has been designed in accordance with professional standards and will enable you to meet the entry as well as progression requirements set out within the Professional Capabilities Framework seen as a continuous professional development pathway for student social workers.  This meets the readiness for direct practice requirements from Year 1 to Year 2 and in the final year employer standards for the Assessed Year in Supported Employment (AYSE). 

Where appropriate, service users are involved in interview, assessment, assignment feedback, teaching and programme board meetings.

Practice Placements

Students are expected to undertake two practice placements.  70 full working days in Year 1 and 100 full working days in Year 2. The assessment of competence in social work practice is central to the programme. 

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 


As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us:

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, such as lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services:

  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • A range of student support services
  • The general Library services are free for students and our e-resources are available wherever you are. You may become liable for fines if you don't return items on time
  • Open access IT spaces and wi-fi across the campuses
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • Free music and musical theatre performances for external performers
  • The Language Cafe to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day security team
  • Inter-campus bus travel between campuses

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Text books (but do remember that our library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge)
  • General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials
  • Photocopying and printing
  • Inter-Library Loans service
  • Gym membership in Tudor Hale Centre
  • Dance / Theatre passes – these provide discounted entry to a range of performances
  • Field trips and educational visits – these are optional and do not have to be undertaken to complete the programme. Students make a contribution towards the cost (e.g. travel, sometimes accommodation)
  • If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund
  • Graduation - it is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Undergraduate and PGCE Courses with a DBS enhanced disclosure check charge of £40:

  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Education
  • Education and Mathematics
  • Education, Special Needs and Disability
  • Football Coaching and Performance
  • Humanistic Counselling
  • Mathematics for Teaching KS 2 / 3
  • Physical Education & Primary Years
  • Physical Education & Sports Coaching
  • Physical Education & Secondary Years
  • Physical Education & Secondary Years (QTS)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Primary Teaching
  • Primary Teaching (Early Years)
  • All PGCEs
  • Social Work (BA, MA and PG Diploma)
  • Sport Coaching
  • Sport Development
  • Sport Management

Financial help available from the University:

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester.

Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.