Getting into Social Work

Routes into Social Work with Suffolk

To become a social worker you will need to study a three-year undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate degree in social work that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Entry requirements will vary between course providers so please check the HCPC website for approved providers to check their requirements. 

If you already have a degree, you could do a two-year postgraduate Master’s degree in social work. 
When you apply for social work training, you should ideally already have some paid or voluntary experience in a social work or care setting. Community Action Suffolk is an organisation co-ordinating voluntary work: http://www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/

We have the below supported routes into Social Work:

In partnership with the University of East Anglia for the 2 year MA in Social Work degree (for those already employed by Suffolk County Council).

Advertised in November on www.suffolkjobsdirect.org with interviews June / July ready for a September intake for successful applicants. 
Applicants must be:

  • SCC employee for 1 year at time of applying
  • Your current role needs to involve direct contact with children, young people and parents in a helping role  
  • An existing degree in any discipline with a 2:1 or above classification, although 2:2 may be considered.
  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) of which 2 must be English and Maths grade C+ 
  • If successful, you will need to resign from your current job prior to starting at UEA. 
  • Course fees are met by applying for NHS SW Bursary / top up from SCC
  • In addition Suffolk County Council will provide a retainer each year of £5,000 with an agreement that applicants return to work in a frontline children's social care team for a minimum of 2 years on successful completion of the training and successful job interview.

In partnership with the University of East Anglia for the MA in Social Work degree (for applicants external to SCC).

  • Advertised in April in local papers that link to the main advert on www.suffolkjobsdirect.org with interviews June / July ready for a September intake for successful applicants.
  • Open to anyone who has a 2:1 Degree; has a minimum of 5 GCSE’s or equivalent which includes Maths and English at the required levels Grade C or above, and sufficient experience in a helping role - either in previous employment, voluntary work  or personally.

The scheme is a 3 year commitment:

  • Year 1: Graduate Trainees are employed on a one year fixed term contract in a front line Suffolk CYP Social Care Team. Subject to satisfactory performance and reference from the Practice Manager to UEA at the end of the year, a place will be offered on UEA's MA in Social Work programme the following September.
  • Year 2 and 3: Graduates study full time at UEA for their MA plus practice placements arranged by Suffolk County Council. 
  • In addition Suffolk County Council will provide a retainer each year of £5,000 with an agreement that applicants return to work in a frontline children's social care team for a minimum of 2 years on successful completion of the training and successful job interview.

 

What our Social Workers have to say...

Social Worker Charnine De'ath
Charnine De'ath

“Our role is about getting people to see that there is something better out there for them and their children and that they are able to make the positive changes for themselves with the support of us and their family & friends - We empower families and give them the confidence to make changes”

Social Worker Cheryl Robinson
Cheryl Robinson

"I am proud to be a Social Worker in Suffolk, making a real difference to Children and their families lives."

Social Worker Leon Gillings
Leon Gillings

“I chose social work because I liked the idea how helping people whilst also being accredited as a professional. I wanted a career that was meaningful, full of challenge and diversity and that I could be proud to be a part of.”

Social Worker Tunde Oyeniyi
Tunde Oyeniyi

“I have been at Suffolk County Council almost 7 years and been ABE trained, completed a post qualifying specialist award in children and families with the University of East Anglia and have my Practice Educator award.”

Social Worker Victoria Morphew
Victoria Morphew

“Working in Suffolk County Council you cross paths with lots of other professionals; everyone is really friendly and all want to build really good working relationships. You have a great network of contacts and support here.”

Social Worker Jade McMurray
Jade McMurray

“There’s nothing better than when you’ve been able to make those changes and support a family along their journey and to have such a positive outcome, when you’re able to step back and let them do it for themselves.”