Discover more about the world of social work

Published: 17 January 2011 at 14:42

Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University to host Open Evening

Anyone interested in a career in social work is being urged to attend Anglia Ruskin University’s Open Evening at Peterborough Town Hall on Wednesday, 9 February.

The BA (Hons) in Social Work course runs over four years on a part-time basis. Lectures currently take place at Anglia Ruskin University’s Thorpe Road site, but the Faculty of Health & Social Care plan to move to its new Peterborough campus at Guild House, Woodston, in time for the new academic year in September.

Peterborough City Council is working in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Health & Social Care to provide a number of part-time funded trainee places.

In addition, people who are interested in gaining a degree in social work but prefer to take the self-funding route are welcome to come and meet representatives from Anglia Ruskin University who will be able to give information on how to access the course. There will also be the opportunity to meet some of our current students and have a chat with them about what it is like to study at Anglia Ruskin University.

Kathy Kingham, the Pathway Leader for the course, said:

“This is a pretty unique opportunity to qualify while working at the same time as there are only a handful of part-time social work degree courses being offered in the UK.

“Part of the degree course is work-based learning and Peterborough City Council will be offering traineeships to some of the students on the course.

“The course will appeal to people already working in social care who want to gain a formal qualification, but it’s also ideal for people who are currently out of employment and want to return to the workplace in the future and those who want to change the focus of their careers.”

Julie Barnard, Peterborough City Council’s Children’s Workforce Development Manager (social care and young people), said:

“Social work can be extremely rewarding and allows you to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people, and their families, in Peterborough. There is also a national shortage of social workers so there is a real need to recruit and train people who can work with and support local families.

“The open evening offers a good opportunity for people to find out more about the social work qualification and the traineeships which we will be offering some of the students. If you’ve ever considered a career in social work, or if you have a background in social work and want to work towards a formal qualification, please come along to the Open Evening and find out more.”

Representatives from both Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough City Council will attend the Open Evening, which runs from 4.30-7pm with a course presentation at 5pm. If you wish to attend, please let us know by calling 0845 196 4000 or e-mailing

Entry requirements for the course are two passes at A-Level and passes in three other subjects at GCSE (A*-C), including Mathematics and English.

For those considering the self-funding route, some experience of social care is desirable, although it is essential to have previous experience to be considered for the trainee social work post. Further information about the Peterborough City Council trainee scheme is available at