If you’re passionate about making a difference to children, families and adults, our 3-year Social Work degree – approved by Social Work England – is for you.
Social work changes lives. We know. We've been training social workers for more than 20 years, and our graduates continue to make a difference to the children, families and adults they work with.
This challenging yet rewarding career will often bring you into the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised communities.
The chances are you’re naturally patient, honest and tolerant – someone with sound judgement who sees the value in people. We’ll nurture those qualities, while giving you the knowledge and skills you need to qualify as a social worker.
Social work is about empowering children, families and adults. It’s a complex job that demands a lot of soft skills, such as communication and partnership working.
In the National Student Survey 2022 our course was ranked 5th in the country for Learning Resources (Source: subject ranking for Social Work, NSS 2022).
As a student at ARU, you’ll learn how to assess people’s circumstances and needs; measure risk; and set up activities with individuals, families, groups and communities.
Working alongside other care professionals, you’ll plan, provide, review and evaluate services and interventions. You’ll become skilled in problem-solving and communication, and gain a thorough understanding of your legal powers and duties.
We work closely with our Service User and Carers Involvement Group, so you can hear directly from people with experience of social care. And there’s ample opportunity to learn on the job too, with 170 days out on placement.
All of our students do two practice placements. You’ll do 70 days in Year 2, and 100 days in Year 3. One of your placements will involve statutory tasks, including legal interventions. Both placements are an invaluable opportunity to learn in the workplace and you’ll cover a range of topics such as engagement, assessment, interpersonal skills, interventions, safeguarding and the appropriate use of authority.
We’ll make sure that you get a range of settings to best support your training. It’s likely that you’ll have to travel as part of your placement, so you’ll need your own transport to visit service users in the community, where public transport may not be available.
Our Social Work degree course is validated by Social Work England so when you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply to register as a social worker.
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We know that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. As a social work student at ARU you’ll benefit from:
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Our course is approved by Social Work England. When you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply to register as a professional social worker.
Associate Professor and MA Social Work Cambridge Course Lead
Principal Lecturer and Course Leader (Social Work)
Principal Lecturer for Practice Learning (cross-site)
Senior Lecturer (Social Work) and Course Leader (MSc Advanced Social Work and PGCert Approved Mental Health Professional, AMHP)
Senior Researcher and Senior Lecturer
Associate Professor (Social Work)
Our degree course is a professional qualification, approved by Social Work England.
Social workers must be registered and, once you finish this course, you’ll be able to apply to register with Social Work England.
During your time with us, you'll gain the skills and knowledge you need for a career as a social worker. You’ll be skilled in case management and able to work safely within the law.
Once you’re registered there’s a wide range of job opportunities for trained social workers. Our graduates work in services including adoption, fostering, child protection, adult safeguarding and youth offending. You can choose to work in the public, private or voluntary sectors – often alongside colleagues from other disciplines.
"My top tip would be to be honest and really show your desire to undertake the course."
BA (Hons) Social WorkCheck out our social work interview tips
If you want to know more about our Social Work BA (Hons) course, we're offering virtual taster days where you can meet our lecturers and current students, learn more about the course and the role of the social worker, and pick up useful tips for your application and interview.Find out more about our Taster Days
If your application to study social work is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough. Here’s how to get prepared.Your social work interview