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Social Work MSW: Entry requirements

What you need to apply for this course

  • A degree at 2:1 or above, normally in a social science subject.
  • Key Skills Level 2 or equivalent (eg GCSE A–C) in English and Mathematics or equivalently validated access course credits.
  • All applicants must confirm prior to interview that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
  • Demonstrable experience in the social care sector, obtained through paid employment or as a volunteer or user/carer experience; and have other work/life experience related to the sector or likely to be of value to the sector.

Recognition of prior learning

Applicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning. Find out more about recognition of prior learning for health and social care courses to find out more.

Interview and selection process

You will be invited to attend a selection day prior to being offered a place. The selection process includes a written test, a group exercise and an individual interview. Overseas applicants may undertake this process using video conferencing.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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