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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.

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.

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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.

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

Approved Mental Health Professional

Postgraduate - PG Cert

Study in:
Peterborough (Guild House)
,
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:
Chelmsford
,
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
Course features
Our full-time Social Work Masters degree course combines in-depth professional training and tuition with high-quality practice placements. Graduate from ARU and you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified social worker.

Advancing Professional Decision Making for Social Workers

Continuing Professional Development

Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Advance your decision-making skills through critical reflection and respond to the continuously changing nature of service design and redesign of health and social care systems.

Assessing and Managing Risk

Continuing Professional Development

Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Managing risk is an important part of being a social worker. We'll deepen your understanding of the complexity of risk, exploring its contested nature, to help you better understand your personal and professional attitudes to it. We'll also discuss and critically apply models of, and approaches to, risk assessment.

Collaborative Practice and Integrated Care for Social Workers

Continuing Professional Development

Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
Short course
Course features
This course offers opportunities to integrate knowledge from Health and Social Care Legislation, Local Authority Policies and Protocols with Theories and Models of Interprofessional working in developing autonomous practice knowledge and skills relating to your role.

Evaluating Practice in Leadership and Management

Continuing Professional Development

Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
Short course
Course features
We'll enable you to critically evaluate an area of practice, policy or service delivery with aims to promote development in your specialist area, improving outcomes for both service users and staff.

Motivational Interviewing to Build Resilience

Continuing Professional Development

Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
Workshop
Course features
Explore how motivational interviewing can facilitate change and build resilience in practice.

Practice Education and Supervision in Social Work

Continuing Professional Development

Study in:
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Step up to a higher level of professional practice by becoming an effective social-work educator. Explore the theories of learning, teaching, assessment and supervision, and apply them to your daily practice in the workplace. Become an accredited Stage-2 practice educator, able to assess both student and qualified social workers.
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