Welcome to Social Work

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Social Workers are graduate professionals who empower people to address their own challenges and construct a better life for themselves. Their roles are varied and include helping people of all ages. We are looking for students interested in working in partnership with people and promoting social change, justice and cohesion. If this sounds like you, we would love to support you throughout your social work training.

We welcome diversity in our students and try to encourage and support it by offering different study options. Our BA in Social Work course is offered both full-time (Chelmsford and Cambridge) and part-time (Peterborough). If you already have a degree, you may want to go straight to our MA in Social Work (Chelmsford and Cambridge) instead.

We still have places for all our Social Work courses starting September 2016. Find out more information in the tabs below.

Is Social Work for you? Talk to a tutor to find out more.

Supporting your future in Social Work

The BA Course

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Social work is work with people: it's that simple, but also that complicated. Social workers help people to function, participate and develop in society. But social work isn’t just about what you learn: it’s also about who you are. You’ll need qualities such as patience, honesty, sensitivity, tolerance, persistence and sound judgement.

Our BA course runs Full time or Part time and provides the knowledge, values and skills you’ll need to qualify as a social worker. If you decide to apply you may want to find out more about the interview process.

The MA Course

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Our MA course course is designed for graduates with at least six months’ relevant work experience, who want to qualify as professional social workers. As with the BA course, you will gain the knowledge, values and skills you would need as a social worker, but you will do so in 2 rather than 3 years. If you enjoy working with people, thrive on the unexpected and want to make a difference in their lives, this is the right course for you. If you decide to apply you may want to find out more about the interview process.


Graduate Jobs

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With the highest employment rate in the region, over 95% of our Faculty’s graduates find full-time employment in their chosen field or go on to further study within six months.  This not only speaks volumes about the quality of our courses but also the passion of our students.

Former students Kristian and Rebecca now both work as social workers. Read their case studies to find out a bit more about what they do, the best and the most challenging parts of their roles and how studying our course prepared them for their careers as social workers.

Student Blogs

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Our student blogs will give you a good idea of what studying the social work course is like. Students share what motivated them to choose social work and what the course and placements are like. They also give advice about preparing for the course.

Read Hannah's blogs about the BA course and Amy's blogs about the MA course.

Alternative Courses

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If you are interested in social care but aren’t sure that social work is the right course for you, why not find out more about our BSc in Social Care and Well-being, with an option to specialise in working with the older person or our BA in Social Policy that takes you right to the heart of some of the most hotly debated social issues of our time. These are great alternative options in the rewarding field of health and social care.