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Social work

You want to help people – it’s who you are. But you know that improving lives takes professional training and real-world experience. Our degree is nationally recognised and will qualify you to register with Social Work England as a social worker.

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Social Work

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Available in Clearing
Study in:
Cambridge
,
Chelmsford
,
ARU Peterborough
Available as:
3 years full-time
Course features
  • Make a difference to children, families and adults
  • Spend 170 days out on placements
  • You'll be eligible to apply to register as a social worker when you graduate

Social Worker

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Study in:
Cambridge/Peterborough (September start)
,
Chelmsford (January start)
Available as:
3 years
Course features
  • Gain the relevant skills and knowledge to practice as a social worker
  • Study while you work, with no tuition fees
  • Work-based approach allows you to deliver impact in the workplace as you learn

Working with Children, Families and Communities

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

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

Advanced Social Work

Postgraduate - MSc : PG Cert : PG Dip

Study in:
Online and Chelmsford
,
Online and Cambridge
Available as:
3-7 years part-time
Course features
  • Take your Social Work career to the next level
  • Combine face-to-face and online learning
  • Tailor your degree to your interests with a range of optional modules

Mental Health Practice (Approved Mental Health Professional AMHP)

Postgraduate - PG Cert

Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
12 weeks full-time
,
7 months part-time
Course features

Train as an Approved Mental Health Professional while continuing to work in your own team. Get hands-on experience and gain significant recognition in your field.

All applicants are required to be sponsored by their local authority and have a minimum of 2-years' post qualification experience as a Social Worker, Nurse (MH/LD), Occupational Therapist or Chartered Psychologist.

Professional Social Work Practice – Step Up to Social Work

Postgraduate - PG Dip

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
14 months full time
Course features
Train as a social worker, on campus and out on placement, on this accelerated postgraduate course. Places are fully funded by the Government.

Social Work

Postgraduate - MA

Available in Clearing
Study in:
Cambridge
,
Chelmsford
Available as:
2 years full-time
Course features
  • Immerse in a challenging yet rewarding career
  • Work alongside care professionals
  • Understand different issues

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We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Hear from Jenny Rafter

Social Work at ARU

Jenny Rafter, Deputy Head of ARU's School of Social Work, talks about what makes a good social worker, and what you can expect from our BA (Hons) Social Work course.

Here in the School of Education and Social Care, we're looking forward to equipping you with the knowledge and skills you need to make a difference in the social work sector.

Whether you want to work with children, adults or families, focusing on mental and emotional health, advocacy, youth offending, safeguarding, or elsewhere, our qualified, experienced practitioners will support you to flourish in your chosen area.

With extensive opportunities to gain work experience and improve your practice in the local community, you'll graduate ready to start a rewarding career helping the most vulnerable members of society.

Hands-on learning

On our social work courses you'll:

  • gain real-world experience by working in a variety of settings out on placements
  • work with service users in local communities
  • learn from registered social workers.

MARY

"Social work, to me, is protecting and fighting for those who need it the most; the power it has in making a difference for individuals, families and communities is where my passion and desire to give something back to others can be used."

MARY

BA (Hons) Social Work

What is social work and what does it entail?
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