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. We also offer a variety of CPD courses.
The following courses can be studied to become a qualified Social Worker:
Important Information about our Professional Courses - Previous Study
If you have previously commenced a professional course (e.g Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Radiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science) it is important that you make us aware of this. You will need to provide the name of the Institution at which you studied, provide a reference from them and also supply a record (transcripts) of your progression within the previous course(s) that you studied. Please e-mail us directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note we will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful at other institutions of higher education.
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
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 FAQs for Social Work (PDF).
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.
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.
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.