Studying Social Work at The Open University

Updated Thursday, 4th November 2021
Considering studying Social Work at The Open University? These resources may help with your decision...

Social work is a rewarding career. There are loads of jobs available to qualified social workers and it’s a profession where you can make a real difference in peoples’ lives. But what is social work? The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) has defined the profession as:

“…a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledges, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing...” (IFSW, July 2014).

Check out the animation below which summarises the real-life experiences and motivations of Open University social work students and graduates. Plus explore more with our free courses related to social work, which are listed below.





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