Social Work


The Department of Social Work is situated within the Faculty of Health and Social Care and offers a range of qualifying and post-qualifying programmes of study which are delivered either at the Riverside Campus in Chester or the Warrington Campus, although for new social work students starting in 2013, all qualifying programmes will be based at the Warrington campus. The department receives extremely positive student feedback, is placed in the top ten in the Guardian league table for social work courses and has a developing research base.

Academic Programme

The department also delivers the MA/PG Dip Applied Mental Health Practice programme which qualifies specified professionals to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). Social workers who successfully complete this programme are eligible to be awarded a PQ Higher Specialist Social Work Award.  Other post-qualifying programmes include Best Interests Assessor training and a Preparation for AMHP Practice module. Further post-qualifying programmes are being planned.

The staff team works collaboratively to ensure that students are supported in their studies. The staff team has a particularly wide range of experience in social care and social work practice and maintains close links with colleagues in practice. Service users and carers are involved in all aspects of the Department's work.

The staff team is engaged in research and scholarly activity within the field of social care and social work, with the purpose of impacting on student learning and practice development.

MA/PG Dip Applied Mental Health Practice

This programme includes the Approved Mental Health Professional training. 

For further information please contact Mandy Schofield 01925 534392 /


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