BA (Hons) Social Work

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Introduction

If you’re passionate about making a difference to children, families and adults, our Social Work degree – approved by Social Work England – is for you.

 

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.

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.

It's a challenging yet rewarding career that 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.

Study with us in Cambridge, Chelmsford ;or Peterborough (part-time) and develop your skills out on placement.

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Facilities and accreditation

Practical experience

We know that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. As a social work student at ARU you’ll benefit from:

  • 170 days on placement
  • the chance to learn from registered social workers
  • covering both adults and children
  • experience of working in different settings
  • experience of working directly with service users.

Outstanding student support

Join our social work community and:

  • benefit from award-wining learning 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

Social Work England

Our course is approved by Social Work England, meaning you can register as a professional social worker when you graduate.

Careers

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.

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Interviews

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

Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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