Social Work

Social work improves lives by helping with social and personal difficulties. They protect children and adults from harm, and have a demanding and rewarding career.

They deal with problems that are often a result of poverty and trauma. They work to understand the bigger picture and ensure human rights are protected.

The wide variety of tasks make the social work incredibly diverse. Social workers work in a team with the police, NHS, schools and probation services.

To explore the entry requirements for becoming a social worker, see below

Entry Requirements

To practise as a social worker, you must be registered with Social Work England. To register, you will need a degree or postgraduate programme in social work.

Universities usually request three A-Levels along with 5 GCSEs A-C/4-9. Alternative qualifications including HND, BTEC or a relevant NVQ may also be accepted.
For those who already have a degree in another subject, there are several routes you can take:
  1. Train through Step up in Social Work, which takes 14 months and combines work and stud
  2. Apply for the Frontline 2-year programme
  3. Apply for the 2-year Think Ahead fast-track scheme
  4. A postgraduate qualification (Diploma or Masters) in social work

What Skills and Qualities Do I Need to Become a Social Worker?

Team Work Skills

You must have good team skills to deliver quality care


Being caring and supportive are important – you’ll be making a difference  everyday

Emotional Resilience

Working in fast-paced environment can be demanding. It’s important to keep your emotions in check and not take things personally.

Listening Skills

Being able to listen to concerns and worries is important