Postgraduate (14 months full-time)
This course starts in January 2020.
The application window for Cohort 6 Of Step Up to Social Work has now closed.
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University-based teaching sessions are delivered in two blocks: January to mid-February and end of July to beginning of September. You'll also attend one University-based day once a month during the rest of the course.
Train as a social worker, both in university and out on placement, with this accelerated postgraduate course. Places are fully funded by the Government: apply through the Department for Education from February 2019.
Step Up to Social Work is a Government-led initiative to encourage graduates with related experience into the field of practice with children and families.
Our course is taught by passionate, knowledgeable tutors and practitioners. We'll support you to integrate academic knowledge with the practical skills you need to support services users.
Days in university will be spent focusing on social work knowledge in the morning and skill development in the afternoon. We will be joined by service users and practitioners to help you locate your learning in practice.
You will spend blocks of time in University (four days per week) then you will be in placement for the rest of the semester. The timetable does not fit within the usual University teaching periods, so please be aware that you will be studying and in placement during school.
University days are 10am-5pm. During University blocks you will attend from Monday–Thursday; Friday is used for independent study. While in placement, you'll work the hours of the setting.
You will spend 170 days in practice. These practice placements will be in contrasting settings, and will include one placement in children’s services and one in adults. You may have to travel for up to an hour and a half to reach your placement and you will be expected to hold a full current driving licence and have access to a car with business insurance.
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Our course enables you to achieve a generic social work qualification in a supportive and dynamic environment. You’ll be allocated a professional mentor, personal tutor and have access to bespoke study skills support during the course. You will also be supported to make links with former students and partnership colleagues to help you think about where you want to work in the future.
After completing this course, you can opt to take an additional module to gain credits for a Masters award. This element is self-funded.
Course contact: Sally Stubbings
On successful completion of the course you’re eligible to register as a social worker and work in statutory practice.
Social work is a varied profession and this qualification will enable you to work with different people in a range of settings. These include local authorities, housing organisations, voluntary sector projects, schools, health settings, private sector agencies and independently.
While the aim of the course is to train you to become a social worker with children and their families, it's generic enough that there are a number of other options you could consider. These include working with people with mental ill health, learning or physical disabilities, those who have committed criminal offences, who misuse drugs or alcohol, or who live in communal settings.
Social work is a versatile qualification and you'll gain a lot of transferable skills and knowledge, resulting in a career that can be varied and develop in many different ways.
We’ll assess you through academic assignments, simulated practice, presentations, practice debriefs and the portfolios detailing your professional development.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
You’ll be entitled to a bursary of £19,833 for the duration of this course. (Please note that this may be subject to change by the Department for Education before the course starts.) There are no tuition fees.
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