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Careers in Social Work

Make your career in social work

Social workers work with children, adults, families and the wider community. They support people to improve their lives, whilst advocating and promoting their human rights ensuring their individual needs are met. It is a rewarding career and you will be joining a supportive community of skilled professionals.

How to get into social work

If you are thinking about becoming a social worker, there are plenty of ways to find out more about this rewarding profession and the great career development opportunities.  

Here are the current ways to start your entry into social work:

Undergraduate Degrees

A three-year full-time programme including two work placements.

Undergraduate Degrees in Norfolk 

Undergraduate Degrees in Suffolk

Postgraduate Degrees

A two-year full-time programme including two work placements.

Postgraduate Degrees

Social Work Apprenticeships

These are work-based programmes and take three-years.

Fast Track Programmes

Step-Up to Social Work

A 14-month, work-based programme that focuses on entry into children’s social work.


A one-year work-based programme and qualification followed by a further year’s study for newly qualified social workers.

Think Ahead

Focused on entry to mental health social work.                                                                                                                        

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