“As well as being empathetic and resilient, to be a social worker you must have the desire to support positive change. It’s important to achieve the best possible outcome for the individuals you support.”
As a social worker, you’ll offer a person-centred approach to people who need support at particular times in their lives for a variety of reasons. You will be ensuring that they are living their lives to their full potential and supporting them to make their own choices. This will include working with a wide range of people including children with disabilities, older people, teenagers with mental health problems, adults with learning disabilities, autism, mental health problems or physical disabilities, people with alcohol or other substance misuse problems, refugees and asylum seekers or children who are at risk of neglect or abuse.
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BA (Hons) Social Work
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including maths, English and science. Consideration may be given to Functional Skills Level 2 in maths.
One of the following: 3 A Levels, International Baccalaureate, Access, BTEC, BTEC National Diploma modules.
Full entry requirements
3 years full time
University of Plymouth
GCSE at grades A*-C in English and maths or certified equivalent.
Meet the UCAS tariff threshold of 96 points or equivalent
Be employed in Devon County Council Adult Social Care.
3 years alongside work
The Open University and Devon County Council
Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work
2:2 honours degree or above and a minimum of 12 months social care experience OR
2:1 honours degree or above in a relevant subject.
17 months including placements
Be employed in Devon County Council Children’s Social Care.
2:1 honours degree or above in a relevant subject. OR
2:2 honours degree or above plus at least 12 months social care experience.
Be employed as a Trainee Social Worker at Plymouth City Council.
The Open University and Plymouth City Council
MA in Social Work
First degree in a relevant subject.
Full entry requirements.
Approx. 18 months
University of West England (UWE) and Torbay Council step-up to social work.
Social work degree apprenticeship
GCSE English and maths grade C/4 or above or certified equivalent.
Be employed in Torbay Council social care.
Between 3 and 3 ½ years
Torbay Council and the Open University.
Meet Cameron, a social worker working in a Community Health and Social Care Team.
At A-level I studied Sociology. My lecturers were really encouraging and instilled a strong sense of social justice in me which was a real influence when it came to choosing a career. I just wanted to change the world to be honest and social care seemed like a way to do that.
I went on to study at Gloucester University. It was quite an intense course with various placements, but it really helped expand my skill base.
Find out more about Cameron’s journey, what his role is now and what he wants to do in the future.
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