Routes into social work

Becoming a social worker

To practise as a social worker in England you must have successfully completed a Social Work England approved degree level course.

There are undergraduate courses (level 6) that usually take three years to complete full time. If you already hold a full degree in another subject there are post graduate (level 7) courses that usually take 2 years to complete full time.

All courses combine academic study with practice-based learning on work placements. We have strong links through our Teaching Partnership with our local universities and colleges to provide placements for this practice learning.

Once you have successfully completed your qualification you then apply to Social Work England to become a registered Social Worker to practise in England.

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