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Continuing your professional development in social work

Social workers must maintain and develop their knowledge and skills in order to remain on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register. We offer a wide range of post-qualifying courses, designed to enable social workers to continue their education and training in a flexible and modular way.

The Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) from the College of Social Work

The Professional Capabilities Framework (College of Social Work)

In the PCF framework, there are five levels for you to progress through, each corresponding to a stage of professional and career development. You can choose courses and modules to support your development within the PCF.

Our programmes have been developed in partnership with employers in South West London and Surrey to meet the continuing professional development needs of social workers. They are underpinned and informed by:

They offer a flexible and development approach by which social workers can develop and gain academic credit towards:

How many credits do I need?

  • Postgraduate certificate: students must pass 60 credits at level 7.
  • Postgraduate diploma: students must pass 120 credits at level 7.
  • Masters: students must pass 180 credits at level 7 (including the Final research project).

Short courses - another approach to your continuing professional development

In addition to our postgraduate/post-qualifying qualifications, we also offer a number of postgraduate modules on a standalone basis as short courses, allowing you to target and tailor your learning and development in the most appropriate areas for your work. To find out more see workforce development (CPPD).

Let us meet your specific development needs

We welcome the opportunity to work with your social care organisation to tailor a programme of learning - from ad-hoc study days to longer term training programmes - that meets your specific needs:


All courses and modules include application of learning to professional practice. There are specialist pathways for:

  • social workers working with children and young people, their families and carers
  • social workers working with adults
  • practice educators and professional educators and trainers
  • managers

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