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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW)

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Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) requires at least twelve months of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. The diploma is intended for people in practice who wish to develop their professional knowledge and skills through a specialized programme of study, consistent with good principles of applied professional training. It prepares graduates for senior level and specialist practice in social services, research and policy analysis.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) is also available through Distance Learning.

Note: Students enrolled for endorsed options formerly available for the diploma may complete their programmes under the regulations in force when they commenced study for the diploma, provided they do so by the end of 2014.

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) endorsed in Clinical Supervision

Papers

SOWX 618 plus approved papers worth 90 points from the MSW schedule of papers.

A candidate may with the approval of the Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work substitute alternative papers for the approved elective papers.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) endorsed in Community Development and Social Policy

Papers

SOWX 614, SOWX 617 plus approved papers worth 60 points from the MSW schedule of papers.

A candidate may with the approval of the Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work substitute alternative papers for the approved elective papers.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) endorsed in Counselling and Family Practice

Papers

SOWX 610, SOWX 611 plus an approved paper or papers worth 30 points from MSW schedule of papers and SOWX 680

A candidate may with the approval of the Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work substitute alternative papers for the approved elective papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) endorsed in Mental Health Practice

Papers

SOWX 613 plus approved papers worth 90 points from the MSW schedule of papers.

A candidate may with the approval of the Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work substitute alternative papers for the approved elective papers.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW)

The programme shall consist of approved papers from the schedule of papers available for the degree of Master of Social Work to the value of 120 points.

With prior approval, one paper at 400-level or above in a related subject offered by the University or another tertiary institution up to the value of 30 points may be included in the programme.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) endorsed in Supervision and Social Services Management

Papers

SOWX 618, SOWX 619 plus an approved paper or papers worth 30 points from MSW schedule of papers and SOWX 680

A candidate may with the approval of the Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work substitute alternative Management papers for SOWX 619 and the approved elective papers

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    2. Every applicant shall
      1. possess an approved professional social services qualification, and
      2. have at least two years' proven competence working in the social welfare field, and
      3. present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

    Note: Applicants who are not graduates or who have not achieved grades averaging B or better will normally be expected to enrol for a Diploma for Graduates or for approved papers for Certificate of Proficiency.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme shall consist of approved papers from the schedule of papers available for the degree of Master of Social Work to the value of 120 points.
    2. With prior approval, one paper at 400-level or above in a related subject offered by the University or another tertiary institution up to the value of 30 points may be included in the programme.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The programme may be taken by full-time candidates in one year, or by part-time candidates over more than one year. Any papers in which a candidate is enrolled in any year shall be examined in that year.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.