The University of Wolverhampton

Social Work

The role of a Social Worker

Social workers are professionally qualified staff who assess the needs of service users and provide care and support to those in need.

They work with individuals, families and organisations to provide a suitable package of care. Your education, training, and practical experience will help you to interpret the problems individuals face and support them in finding solutions.

You will need to have a high level of commitment, be quick thinking and provide a good level of judgement to succeed in this role as well as take on a lot of responsibility for the decisions you make.

"I look at situations in a different way and the course has made me want to become a social worker more than ever." - Charlotte Chambers, BA (Hons) Social Work student

Becoming a Social Worker

Entry onto our Social Work courses will depend on your level of expertise and experience and you will be required to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Any experience gained in Social Care, whether voluntarily or paid will be beneficial in commencing a career in Social Work. If you don't have a degree then you should consider the BA (Hons) Social Work. Those with a relevant degree and experience may consider studying the MA Social Work.

The following courses can be studied to become a qualified Social Worker.


The requirements for practice learning are set by the College of Social Work.  You will have a total of two placements; the first placement will be 70 days and the second placement will be 100 days.  You will have a further 30 days skills simulation distributed throughout the programme. For further information please visit our frequently asked questions FAQ's for Social Work.

If offered a place on the course, you will be provided with more information about the placements and will be sent a form to complete for consideration for placement allocation.

Service Users

The Service User and Carer Participation in Social Work group consists of Service Users, Carers, associated representatives and organisations and aims to contribute to improving the quality of life of Service Users and Carers. It does this by being engaged in developing and monitoring the processes by which Service Users and Carers are included at all levels of the University of Wolverhampton’s social work programmes.

Future Prospects

There are many different specialism options within social work which you can choose to enter after appropriate induction and training. Career development may involve a change of role within a specialism, for example from child protection to fostering and adoption. It is also possible to transfer from one specialism to another, for example from working with children to working with the elderly.

Qualified Social Workers

Being a Social Worker does not stop on registration. Opportunities exist for current and practising Social Workers to develop their knowledge and skills further. Please contact us to find out more.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - Stand-alone modules

 - 6SO019 Becoming a Social Work Practice Educator 

 - 6SO016 Decision-making and Interventions with Adults in a Legal Framework

 - 6SO028 Developing Skills as a Social Work Practice Educator 

 - 7SO021 Becoming a Social Work Practice Educator 

 - 7SO014 Consolidating Critical Reflective Practice  

 - 7SO009 Decision-making and Interventions with Adults in a Legal Framework 

 - 7SO015 Developing Critical Approaches to Decision Making

 - 7SO028 Developing Skills as a Social Work Practice Educator