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Social work is a profession driven by compassion, empathy, and a relentless desire to create positive change. Whether you're an aspiring social worker, a seasoned professional, or simply someone interested in understanding the pivotal role of social workers, this blog will take you through the journey of how to step into the world of social work.
1: Choose Your Path:
Social work has a broad spectrum of roles, from child protection to mental health support, and even working with the elderly. Before diving in, take some time to explore the various roles within the field. Research will help you identify which area resonates with your passions and strengths.
Step 2: Obtain a Relevant Degree:
To start your social work journey, a degree in social work is essential. Many universities offer accredited courses that provide the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and lucky for you, the University of Bolton is one of them!
These courses typically last around three years and include placements where you can gain hands-on experience in real-world settings, enhancing your learning experience.
Step 3: Gain Practical Experience:
During your degree, you'll likely be required to complete field placements. This won’t be an issue if you decide to study and enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe, we have strong industry links that help our students secure great placements.
These placements provide valuable experience, allowing you to apply classroom knowledge in real-world situations. You'll work alongside experienced social workers, learning the ropes and developing your skills while making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families.
Step 4: Registration and Professional Development:
Once you have graduated, you'll need to register with the appropriate regulatory body. In the UK, this is the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration ensures that you meet the necessary standards and are equipped to provide safe and effective social work services.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is also crucial to stay updated with the latest practices and advancements in the field. This is something we will encourage you to keep up whilst studying.
To find out more about the HCPC follow the link here.
Step 5: Explore Your Options:
After gaining some experience, you might decide to specialise further. Whether you're interested in working with refugees, the LGBTQ+ community, or those struggling with addiction, there are numerous diverse routes to explore. You can also consider pursuing postgraduate qualifications to enhance your expertise in a specific area.
After graduating and registration, your future is in your hands and the doors begin to open to the many opportunities that a social work degree provides, you could end up working in:
- Private healthcare settings
- The NHS
- Mental health trusts
- Community-based settings
- Schools or colleges
Your Journey Begins Here:
Becoming a social worker is a career that requires dedication, compassion, and a genuine desire to improve lives. By pursuing a degree, you'll be well on your way to making a positive impact.
Study at the University of Bolton and join our friendly, diverse, and supportive campus that will give you the full #UniAsItShouldBe experience. Not only are we ranked number one for *Student Satisfaction and *Teaching Quality, but we also take pride in seeing students more than just another number, every individual is important to us.
Take our BA (Hons) Social Work degree and enjoy the many benefits including amazing placement opportunities as well as skills, knowledge, and real-world experience that prepares you for a successful future. To find out more click here.
Embrace the path of social work and embark on a meaningful and fulfilling career that leaves a lasting mark on society. Your journey starts now.
If you are looking to apply to the University of Bolton via Clearing, follow this page linked here to find out all the information you need to know on how to successfully be prepared. If you are unsure of what direction to head in, you will also find our quiz that helps to identify your strengths and what areas you are likely to excel in!
Still got some unanswered questions? For general enquiries feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call us on 01204 903903.
*Complete University Guide – Student Satisfaction – Northwest – 2019-2023
*The Times and Sunday Times – Teaching Quality – Northwest - 2023