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Short Course

Return to Social Work

This short course is for people who have a social work qualification, but haven't worked in the role for a while. It helps you re-engage with social work knowledge, law and contemporary practice.


This module is available to complete via two routes:

  • Route A - if you wish to update your social work knowledge and would like to apply to join or rejoin the social work register.

  • Route B - if you wish to reflect on your professional practice, learning and development.

Level: Short course / CPD
Delivery: Online (no attendance)
Study Mode: Part-time
Duration: One semester (usually either Semester 1 and Semester 3)
Module code: SW4703
Campus: Preston
Start Date: Typically May and October each year

Entry requirements

As this is a postgraduate module, in general, we expect you to have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above.

If your previous education doesn't meet the entry requirements, please ask for an informal discussion. We need to see that you have the potential to study at a post-graduate level.

Specifically for Route A

To meet Social Work England's requirements, you must show proof of your social work qualification, like your degree or diploma.

You also need to submit a personal statement. This should explain your social work-related experience to date and why you want to do this module.

Duration: 3 months

This course is usually run during Semester 1 (September) or Semester 3 (May). If demand is high, the course may also run in Semester 2 (February).

Academic expertise

Mary Gibson

This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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