What students say about social work
As a social work student, there is a 100 day placement in the second and third year, with a taster placement in the first year. Most of my course is essay-based. There is also the opportunity to showcase presentation skills in presentation-based assignments and group tasks. The course content is varied and interesting and can be challenging at times.2nd year, Canterbury Christ Church University
The social work degree requires a lot of dedication out of teaching hours. The combination of assessed essays, group work, presentations and exams is great as it helps you to be an all-rounder which is required for the role. Continuious learning is required to keep up to date with changes in legislation. It is a very challenging and interesting course which will help you grow as an individual.1st year, University of Strathclyde
I spent my time on full time placement (80 days) in a residential rehab and a community addiction team. This experience was invaluable and I was able to develop new skills and learn the realities of social work practice with the support and guidance of the university staff.3rd year, University of Strathclyde
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
- BTEC health and social care
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)
- National Youth Agency (NYA)
- British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- Education and Training Standards Committee Wales
- Care Council for Wales
- Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)
- Standards Council for Scotland
- Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
- Childcare and related personal services
- Welfare and housing associate professionals
- Welfare professionals
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Social worker
- Social services manager
- Guidance officer
Other real-life job examples
- Community worker
- Probation officer
- Adoption officer
What employers like about this subject
A degree in social work is, unsurprisingly, usually taken as part of training for a career in social work. Subject-related skills you might expect to gain include training in building relationships with people from all backgrounds and an understanding of the, often complicated, ethical issues that come with working with the different agencies and people involved in modern social work. A social work degree also includes 200 days of assessed practice. Graduates tend to be employed by local government and social work providers, but some also get jobs with schools, hospitals, housing associations, residential care organisations, advisory groups and universities, among other industries.