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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. We’ll give you everything you need to start helping others for a living. Our degree is nationally recognised and will qualify you to register with Social Work England as a social worker.

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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.

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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Social Work

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
,
Chelmsford
,
ARU Peterborough
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation year
,
4 years part-time 2022
Course features
  • Immerse in a challenging yet rewarding career.
  • Work alongside care professionals.
  • Understand different issues.

Social Worker

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Study in:
Cambridge/Peterborough (September start)
,
Chelmsford (January start)
Available as:
3 years part-time
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)

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.

Advanced Social Work

Postgraduate - MSc : PG Cert : PG Dip

Study in:
Online/Chelmsford
,
Online/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

Approved Mental Health Professional

Postgraduate - PG Cert

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Part-time
Course features
Gain significant recognition in your field whilst continuing to work in your own team, with our course for health and social care staff aiming to become Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs).

PG Dip 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

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

Embedding Professionalism For Newly Qualified Social Workers

Continuing Professional Development

Study in:
Online/Chelmsford
,
Blended learning
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Are you a newly qualified social worker about to start or in your first year of practice? Our module is designed to support you in your transition from qualification and registration to capable practitioner. You'll build on existing knowledge and skills to reflect on your experiences so far.

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