This is a professional social work qualification, combining academic and practice-based learning. It will enable you to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The subject matter is interdisciplinary, derived from psychology, sociology, social policy, law and social work studies. You may claim the diploma as a discrete qualification, or as an embedded award within the Master of Arts in Social Work.
Key features of the course
• Approved as a social work qualifying award in England by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
• Includes a residential weekend, face-face workshops and two substantive work-based practice placements under the supervision of a practice educator
• Equips you to engage in critical and reflective professional practice, according to the Standards for social work education and Codes of Practice and Conduct for the nation in which you train.
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive skills
• Practical and professional skills
• Key skills
On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, entitling you to use the letters PG Dip Soc Wk (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.
Recognition in your country
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work is available for study in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. It is approved as a social work qualifying award in England by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and, subject to conditions, in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). We have not applied for approval from the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), however reciprocal arrangements are currently in place such that any social work qualifying award approved by one UK regulator, will be recognised by the other three.
This qualification is not currently available for students working in Wales.