Social work in Thurrock

Step Up to Social Work

'Step Up to Social Work' is a fast-track programme offering a rewarding career in social work.

About the programme

This intensive, 14-month, full-time programme is for those who already have a degree and want to become a social worker.

Students will learn through a combination of academic study and real social work experience in Thurrock. On completion, candidates will gain the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, which will enable graduates to register and practice as a social worker.

We are part of an Eastern Regional partnership recruiting aspiring social workers to join the programme. Anglia Ruskin University will once again be leading on the teaching and oversight of the academic elements of the programme.

For more, go to the government’s Department for Education: Step Up to Social Work website.

Who can apply

You can apply if you hold either:

  • a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification – an honours degree or a graduate certificate
  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a postgraduate qualification (level 7 or above) – for example, a Master’s degree, a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma – in a discipline other than social work

You must also have GCSEs in English or English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or the new grade 4 and above, or an approved equivalent.

You should also be able to demonstrate significant experience of either working or substantial volunteering with vulnerable children, young people, families, carers or adults.

We are looking for strong graduates who have experience of working with vulnerable children, young people, families or adults and who can demonstrate their maturity and emotional resilience.

We want social work to be more diverse and representative of those being supported, so we encourage more applications from black and minority ethnic (BAME) and male candidates.

How to apply

You can apply between 15 February 2021 and 7 April 2021.

Apply to Step Up to Social Work

If you are successful with their initial application, you will go on be assessed via a regional centre.

Students can expect to start the programme in January 2022 and complete their training in March 2023.