The Diploma in Welfare Studies is a new initiative partnership between DMWS and the Institute of Welfare, and as such offers the only nationally accredited L3 qualification in Welfare in the United Kingdom.  

The aim of the course is to provide an extensive experiential and interactive course that covers all aspects of welfare delivery to enable the practitioner to support Service Users in establishing, maintaining, improving and enhancing their wellbeing.


The course is organised into modules with topics being delivered interspersed to facilitate a natural flow over 5 days (Mon – Fri).

A course booklet containing further information on content is available here.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a separate 2-day module that is a prerequisite for the award of the Welfare Diploma and can be attended independently of the Diploma.  Diploma students must be able to evidence completion of this training no more than 30 months previous, or 6 months post, the diploma start date. 

The 2-day MHFA training course is provided by DMWS and is routinely offered just before/after a diploma course.  You can find details of our next available course here.

Development, Delivery and Feedback

Following an extensively reviewed and evaluated development in 2014 we have successfully delivered several courses. In addition to private individual attendees our customers have come from a range of organisations across all three sectors, such as:

  • The MOD
  • Help for Heroes
  • Military Units
  • The Officers Association
  • Racing Welfare (British Horseracing's Workforce)
  • Veterans Welfare Service
  • Blind Veterans UK
  • The Salvation Army   and many more...

We are very pleased to share the following feedback:

“After attending many courses over the past 30 years this is in my top 2!” - SBSA
“The Diploma in Welfare should become the Gold standard.” - Racing Welfare
“Outstanding course and I highly recommend it to others as a strong starting point in welfare studies” - DMWS Welfare Officer
“The course far exceeded my expectations.” - Officer Association
“Excellent course, good value for money.” - Aspire
“The staff and trainers were all brilliant and I have learned loads of useful stuff that will benefit myself, colleagues and the veterans I work for” - Help for Heroes
“Excellent course with very knowledgeable trainers and thought provoking materials” - DMWS Welfare Officer
“Overall an excellent course very professionally presented and managed. I would recommend to my colleagues as a way to add credibility to our professions and obtain a qualification.” - Veterans UK
“I am proud to say I have completed the course and can recommend it to anyone in the sector.” - Racing Welfare
“This course is a must attend for those working at the coalface of Welfare support. Extremely worthwhile and enjoyable.” - RHQ Rifle

Dates and Cost

The cost of the course is £1,495 and includes course materials, tuition, the initial annual membership fee with the Institute of Welfare (worth £70), refreshments and a light buffet lunch.

Discount available for group bookings (between 10 and 16 people from the same organisation) - please contact us to discuss options and prices.

Booking for this event has now closed.