Study Social Work
Becoming qualified is your first step towards a worthwhile career protecting and positively impacting on the lives of vulnerable adults and children. Social care departments are currently stretched to capacity due to funding cuts, a decreasing number of students enrolling on social work courses and an increase in the amount of people in the care system. As a result, there's a need for qualified and experienced social workers.
To practice as a social worker in the UK you'll need to be educated to at least undergraduate level and in England be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). There are several ways to gain a social work qualification. Full-time undergraduate degrees take three years to complete and postgraduate courses take two years. On social work programmes, for example, you'll learn about mental health, disabilities, child development, the theory of social work, partnership working, ethics and values, and the legislation relevant to the profession. Programmes are focused on practical learning, so you'll be required to undertake at least two work placements in a social work setting as part of the course.