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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Part-time evening
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This course is designed for you if you want to be a social worker but have not met the entry requirement of a 2: 1 in your undergraduate degree. There is a significant shortage of qualified social workers across the country, and by joining the profession you will be assured of lifelong employment and rewarding and challenging work with people needing your help, often during their most vulnerable times. We recognise that just because you did not achieve a 2:1 does not mean you do not have the potential to become a superb social worker here at the University of Bedfordshire.

By undertaking this Post Graduate Certificate, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to study at the required level for your professional qualifying course, MSc Social Work. You will also achieve prior recognition of your learning (RPL) of 30 credits towards your post graduate qualification, making the opportunity more economically attractive.

The Faculty of Health and Social Studies has a long history of training skilled professionals in social work. Our social work provision is ranked in the upper quartile nationally, with significant rises in recent years across league tables. In 2016 Social Work achieved 94% overall satisfaction in the NSS rising to 100% in 2017 when it also rose to 13th place in the Good University League Table. This was coupled with a leap from 31st to 13th position in the Guardian League Tables. One of our students, Sian Miljkovic, recently won the Social Work Student of the Year award 2018.



  • You will be located in a School with an award-winning research centre, the Institute of Applied Social Research.
  • As a student you will become part of the post graduate community and have access to not only high quality teaching and cutting edge research through invitations to guest lectures, including Making Research Count (MRC), but get to know others, who like you, are also change agents and want to help those in need.
  • We also have excellent relationships with placement providers in the region, meaning that the opportunity for local employment is very possible.

Units

  • Person-Centred And Reflective Practice In Social Work (ASS117-6) Compulsory
  • Professionalism, Law And Ethical Practice (ASS118-6) Compulsory

You must pass all components of each unit assessment.

Attendance is a criterion for the assessment of professional suitability for social work and therefore it is a requirement of the PG Certificate. Each student will be required to sign an attendance and punctuality contract.

Attendance at scheduled academic teaching and learning activities is monitored; you will be required to sign an attendance sheet for each taught session. Tutors will also record students arriving late or leaving early.

The reasons for non-attendance will be investigated, in the first instance by the student’s personal tutor. Any student whose attendance falls below 80% will be required to address this with their tutor/Course Coordinator and devise an action plan if required.

Students who experience difficulties which affect their attendance must inform their personal tutor and will normally be advised to make an appointment with the University’s Student Engagement and Mitigation Team. Appointments can be made via the Student Information Desk (SID), either in person or online.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student