The Open University in NI offers a work-based route to the BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work and the Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Social Work.
At present, Social Work students in Ireland, follow the OU England Degree programme which is approved as a Social Work qualifying award by the Social Work Regulator in England. Due to reciprocal arrangements between the regulatory bodies in UK (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland) any Social Work qualifying award approved by one regulator, will be recognised by the other three, so students in NI will register with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council during their study and thereafter on completion as a newly qualified Social Worker.
For Republic of Ireland inquiries, we suggest that any interested students have a conversation with CORU (SW regulator) prior to applying to the course, as all Social Workers in ROI have to register with them to practice as a Social Worker, following successful completion of their qualification.
The OU Social Work programme is currently available ONLY to individuals who are working/or volunteering within a Social Work/Social Care Organisation/ and are supported/sponsored by their employer. Please refer to the information on the entry requirements for the England BA Social Work and PG Diploma in Social Work.
For further information
Please look at our information regarding fees and funding for NI students at www.open.ac/course/fee-and-funding
Please contact our team in Northern Ireland:
Call: 028 9032 3722