The only way to qualify as a social worker is by completing an HCPC approved undergraduate or post-graduate degree in social work.

There is a searchable register of approved courses on the HCPC website

All social work qualifying programmes will include a minimum of 170 days of practice learning, this is usually split over two placements (typically 70-day/100-day but this can vary). The placements must be with different service user groups (usually one placement working with children and families and one placement working with adults).

Useful websites for social work career information:

British Association of Social Work (BASW)

National Careers Service

Skills for Care

Health Careers

Courses in the local region

UEA (Norwich) – full time BA and MA programmes

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

University of Suffolk (Ipswich) – full time and part time BA programmes

Courses

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, Peterborough & Chelmsford) – full time BA and MA programmes, part time BA programme

Undergraduate

Part time study

Postgraduate

Open University – distance learning BA, Post-graduate Diploma and MA programmes

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

MA

For Open University, applicants can self-fund the course, but they need to be supported by an employer who must commit to providing the required placement opportunities and releasing them for the 170 practice learning days. Applications can only be made via the supporting agency.

Funding – bursaries and loans

There are currently bursaries available to help students with the course costs, for more information go to:

Bursaries

It is also possible to apply for student loans for both BA and MA programmes, for more information go to:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance or https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Funded fast-track post-graduate courses

For graduates with an honours degree with a minimum of a 2:1 classification in any discipline there are a number of funded fast-track routes available nationally. Step up to Social Work is currently the only one of these that is available in Norfolk. All these programmes provide a recognised generic qualification although they are each aimed at a particular specialism.

Step up to Social Work

14-month post-graduate diploma in social work aimed at working in Children’s Services.

Step up to Social Work Guidance

Step up starts every other year. Recruitment has just finished for the course starting in January 2018. The next opportunity to apply is likely to be in spring 2019.

Student’s course fees are funded and they receive a bursary of £19,833 for the duration of the course.

Frontline

Fully funded 2 year MA in social work delivered in various locations around the country (not currently in Norfolk), aimed at working in Children’s Services.

Click here to find out more

Think Ahead

Fully funded 2 year MA in social work delivered at various locations around the country (not currently in Norfolk), aimed at working in Mental Health.

Click here to find out more

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