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Social work

You want to help people – it’s who you are. But you know that improving lives takes professional training and real-world experience. Our degree is nationally recognised and will qualify you to register with Social Work England as a social worker.

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Social Work

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Chelmsford
,
ARU Peterborough
,
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
Accredited by:

Social Work England

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Social Worker

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Study in:
Chelmsford
,
ARU Peterborough
,
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years
Accredited by:

Social Work England

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Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
6 years part-time
Course features
Prepare for a career in professional services - including health, education and social care - that work together to support children, families and communities.

Advanced Social Work

Postgraduate - MSc : PG Cert : PG Dip

Study in:
Blended learning
Available as:
3-7 years part-time
Course features
  • Take your social work career to the next level
  • Combine face-to-face and online learning
  • Tailor your degree to your interests with a range of optional modules
Study in:
Chelmsford
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features

Train as an Approved Mental Health Professional while continuing to work in your own team. Get hands-on experience and gain significant recognition in your field.

All applicants are required to be sponsored by their local authority and have a minimum of 2-years' post qualification experience as a Social Worker, Nurse (MH/LD), Occupational Therapist or Chartered Psychologist.

Practice Educator (Social Work)

Postgraduate - PG Cert

Study in:
Chelmsford
,
ARU Peterborough
,
Cambridge
Available as:
9 months part-time
Course features
  • Prepare, support, educate, supervise and assess a pre-qualifying Social Work student
  • Support an additional learner to support your portfolio of evidence
  • Understand the impact of racism, oppression and discrimination upon global majority students and persons experiencing social work services
Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
14 months full time
Course features
Train as a social worker, on campus and out on placement, on this accelerated postgraduate course. Places are fully funded by the Government.

Social Work

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Chelmsford
,
ARU Peterborough
,
Cambridge
Available as:
2 years full-time
Course features
  • Immerse in a challenging yet rewarding career
  • Work alongside care professionals
  • Understand different issues

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Here at ARU, we're looking forward to equipping you with the knowledge and skills you need to make a difference in the social work sector.

Whether you want to work with children, adults or families, focusing on mental and emotional health, advocacy, youth offending, safeguarding, or elsewhere, our qualified, experienced practitioners will support you to flourish in your chosen area.

With extensive opportunities to gain work experience and improve your practice in the local community, you'll graduate ready to start a rewarding career helping the most vulnerable members of society.

Hear from Jenny Rafter

Social Work at ARU

Jenny Rafter, Associate Professor at ARU, talks about what makes a good social worker, and what you can expect from our BA (Hons) Social Work course.

Hands-on learning

On our social work courses you'll:

  • gain real-world experience by working in a variety of settings out on placements
  • work with service users in local communities
  • learn from registered social workers.
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