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Social care

You want to help people – it’s who you are. But you know that improving lives takes professional training and real-world experience. We’ll give you everything you need to start helping others for a living.

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Meet our Social Work students

Social Work at ARU

Our students share their motivations for becoming social workers, and the highlights of studying at ARU.

You’re all about improving people’s quality of life. So are we – whether that’s our students or the people you'll be supporting once you're qualified.

At ARU, we’re the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, and our School of Education and Social Care offers courses ranging from Early Childhood Education to Public Health and Social Work.

Working in partnership with recognised bodies, local councils, charities and hundreds of schools, we’re accredited and well connected. You'll benefit from those connections, along with opportunities to go on placement, and pioneering research that feeds into our teaching.

Our courses have been designed with your career in mind, so you can be sure that you’ll get practical experience and learn to use the latest facilities used in industry.

Outstanding student support

Join our social work community and:

  • make use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from our talented team of social worker academics
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more
  • get involved with local causes through our Students' Union volunteering scheme.

Lucy

"To the untrained eye, a game of tag is just children running riot. Look deeper and you see how much that child is learning from a simple game: spatial awareness, teamwork, taking turns, gross motor skills development, listening to instructions…”"

Lucy

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

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Health and Social Care

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
ARU London
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
Course features
  • Develop your passion for helping others
  • Explore care management skills for diverse health conditions and social circumstances
  • Further your knowledge of complexities in healthcare institutions and the sector

Working with Children, Families and Communities

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Chelmsford
,
ARU Peterborough
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
6 years part-time
Course features
Prepare for a career in professional services - including health, education and social care - that work together to support children, families and communities.

Working with Children, Young People and Families Practitioner

Undergraduate - CertHE

Higher Apprenticeship

Study in:
Online
,
Cambridge/Chelmsford
Available as:
16 months
Course features
  • Build a platform for further personal and career development
  • Study while you work, with no tuition fees
  • Work-based approach allows you to deliver impact in the workplace as you learn

Contemporary Ethics

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Distance learning
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Gain an in-depth understanding of ethics and how its applied in the context of cultural and religious pluralism. This Masters degree is taught by Cambridge Theological Federation and accredited by ARU.

Mental Health

Postgraduate - MSc

Study in:
Distance learning
,
Chelmsford
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
One in four people will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. Affecting people from all walks of life, its impact is felt on individuals but also their families and the wider community. The innovative delivery of our Masters course will increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health care.

Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care

Research - DProf

Study in:
Cambridge
,
Chelmsford
Available as:
Part-time
Course features
This programme is for health or social care practitioners with postgraduate qualifications who want to research a policy or practice issue that’s relevant to their area of work and use the findings to influence the way things are done.

Applying Systemic Principles in Professional Contexts

Continuing Professional Development

Study in:
Huntingdon
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Learn the systemic approach to relationships and how they relate to people’s actions and communications. Develop different perspectives and new approaches to your work as a professional working with families, couples and individuals. Gain a level of professional accreditation, and potentially start on the road to becoming a qualified family therapist.

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