PgDip Social Work (Step Up to Social Work)

Professional Accreditations

On successful completion of the course you will be able to to register as a qualified social worker.

About the course

  • Immersive 14-month programme which qualifies you as a social worker enabling you to start working in your dream career
  • 170 days on placement in one of eight London boroughs, along with course-long links to a host team, allowing you to enter employment prepared
  • Real-world experience to ensure you are prepared with the knowledge, skills and experience to equip you for practice
  • Classroom and skills based learning, facilitated by social work academics and practictioners with expertise in practice and research
  • Opportunities to join the University's research community. Strong MSc research projects are published across West London Local Authorities, with the opportunity to work towards journal publication.

Step Up to Social Work is a national programme supported by a Department for Education bursary, offering a fast-track route into social work with children and families.

As part of this programme, the University of Hertfordshire has partnered with the West London Alliance, supporting committed, resilient graduates to train in one of eight West London Local Authorities to qualify as social workers. Academic study is integrated with hands on learning, preparing you for the challenges and rewards of a career in social work with children and their families.

Why choose this course?

  • No tuition fees
  • £19,833 bursary
  • Eligible for registration with Social Work England as a professional social worker
  • 100% employment rate of our graduates within West London
  • 2nd in the East of England for Social Work (2023 Complete University Guide)
  • University of Hertfordshire ranked 6th in the UK for overall experience in the 2022 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).

What will I study?

You’ll be taught in central London by experienced academics in collaboration with practitioners in the field and those with a lived experience.

Teaching and tuition are facilitated by a core team of social work academics, meaning you’ll benefit from academic, pastoral and placement support from a small team who know you. Yet, you’ll also benefit from multiple perspectives, as we routinely invite social workers, health professionals, lawyers, young people and carers to bring their expertise to the classroom.

You’ll also complete 170 days on placement in one of eight West London boroughs, where a number of innovative practice models are embedded across the region. These include, systemic practice, signs of safety and trauma informed approaches.

Upon completion of the programme, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a dissertation and gain a master’s qualification over the course of your first year in practice.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Legislative and Policy Context of Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Skills for Practice 1 0 Credits Compulsory
    Vulnerable Adults as Parents 15 Credits Compulsory
    Developing Practice Learning 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Protecting Vulnerable Children and Building Resilience 15 Credits Compulsory
    Developing Practice Learning 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Knowledge, Skills and Methods for Professional Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Skills for Practice 2 0 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    No

    Student experience

    It is important your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. A range of support services will be available to you including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

    More information about the support available to you