Careers in Social Work

Interested in Social Work?

If you’re looking to join a profession where you can make a difference to individuals and communities, a career in social work could be for you.

Social work is a diverse and rewarding career where practitioners work with children, adults, families and the wider community. Social workers support people to improve their lives, whilst advocating and promoting their human rights ensuring their individual needs are met.


The International Federation of Social Work global definition of social work states that:

“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.”


Different Routes into Social Work

If you are interested in starting a career a social work, there are many different routes available to you.

Degree Pathways

Our partnership includes 9 academic institutions and 18 social work employers who are working together to ensure all students develop the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to flourish in social work. Our academic institutions offer a range of undergraduate and post graduate programmes which are available full-time and part-time.

Girls studying at University

Fast Track Programmes

If you have a 2:1 degree in a different subject, you can apply to complete a fast-track programme to become a social worker.

Step-Up to Social Work

is a 14-month, full-time programme for social work students who are interested in a career in Children’s Services.


is a two-year programme for social work students who are interested in a career in Children’s Service

Think Ahead

is an intensive two-year programme for social work students who are interested in a career in Mental Health.

Social Worker colouring with Child

Social Work Degree Apprenticeships 

The social work degree apprenticeship is a new and innovative route into becoming a fully qualified social worker whilst gaining valuable on-the-job experience and earning a wage at the same time


View current social work job opportunities across the West Midlands.