Social Work (Accelerated)

Step Up to Social Work
1 Year
January 2025
Distance Learning

Want to become a social worker but don’t have a degree in social work? Discover our fast-track social work programme which leads to a postgraduate qualification in social work.

Why study with us

  • The Department of Education covers the cost of your university tuition and provides a tax-free bursary whilst you're studying.
  • Our blended learning format allows you to gain practical experience alongside your studies.
  • After completing the course, you will receive a postgraduate diploma in Social Work. This allows you to register as a Social Worker.

What you'll do

  • You'll have two placements with your supporting local authority. The first placement will be 80 days and the second placement will be 100 days. There will also be 20 skills days during the course.
  • Your placements will be organised for you by the East Midlands regional partnership. The Social Work course is delivered by our quality Social Work teaching team.
  • Study alongside your placements, with theory and practice being integrated together to best prepare you for life post qualification.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry requirements

Applications need to be made through the Department for Education. Visit the step up to social work webpage for the most up-to-date qualifications.

To apply to the programme, you’ll need to have:

  • A minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree qualification (level 6)

  • 6 months’ full-time (or equivalent) direct experience, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, of working with vulnerable children, young people and/or families, carers or vulnerable adults
  • GCSEs in English or English language and mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above (or an approved equivalent)

You must have completed your degree programme before applying. Final year students are not eligible to apply.


  • This course was approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and is now approved by Social Work England, the specialist body who regulates social workers in their vital roles.​
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Academic expertise

Charlotte Ennis
Lecturer in Social Work
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Charlotte started working at the University of Central Lancashire in 2021 as a Lecturer in Social Work and is a registered Social Worker with Social Work England. Charlotte's interest areas are Children and Families, particularly Child Protection, improving the experiences of chi…

Future careers studying social work could lead to

After you've completed the course, you'll be able to apply to register with Social Work England as a qualified social worker. This means you will be able to begin a career as a Social Worker.


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

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page