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
"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
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
The following courses can be studied to become a qualified
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
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
Being a Social Worker does not stop on registration.
Opportunities exist for current and practising Social Workers to
develop their knowledge and skills further. To find out more about
our post qualifying programmes visit our section on undergraduate courses or postgraduate courses.
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.
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.
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