Postgraduate routes to social work
Postgraduate Diplomas and Master's in Social Work are another route into this career. They will take about a year to 14 months to complete, and will again involve work placements for hands on experience. Entry requirements vary, but many institutions place a particular emphasis on having experience, either professional or voluntary, that proves a genuine interest in this career.
Alternative pathways to social work
The Step up to Social Work programme is an intensive, 14-month, full-time course for people who want to become a social worker but do not have a relevant degree. You will need a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree qualification, or equivalent, and up to six months worth of relevant experience.
The Frontline Programme, run by England’s largest social work charity, is a three-year social work training programme, in which you will qualify as a social worker, complete a Master’s degree and earn while you train. You will receive a bursary in year one and a salary from year two, while you study for a fully funded Master’s degree.
Registration and practice
Social workers must be registered with Social Work England before they start work. They will then need to renew their membership each year and pay registration fees.
Finding a job in social work
Once you have qualified and registered you will be ready to find your first job in social care and support work. You could sign up to an agency to get experience or look for roles with local authorities and the NHS, among countless other places. Remember that you will be applying to work with some of society’s most vulnerable people, so showing warmth, care, and a genuine passion for helping people is a must.