Aspiring social workers

Could you step up to social work?

The government funded scheme ‘Step Up to Social Work’ is back and open for aspiring social workers to apply to join the 14 month intensive course.

We are calling on graduates, and those looking for a career change, to consider the step up to social work with a fast track programme.

If you’re thinking of taking on this rewarding career, you’ll be supported by a bursary of £19,833 during training, learning through a combination of in-work and university experiences.

To be eligible to apply you’ll need to have:

  • A minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification – for example, a degree with honours
  • Or, a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above).


  • Grade C or above GSCE in English/ English Language and Maths (or approved equivalent).
  • Have experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people or families.

The Step Up programme runs every two years, with more than 1,100 trainees already qualified through it nationally since 2012, and a further 500 are set to complete this spring.

Online applications close 18 March 2019.

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