The Academy - Inspiring Futures - courses - Social Work

As a qualified social worker, you’ll work with individuals and families and help them to improve their lives. If you want to make a positive difference in the community, a career in social work could be for you. You’ll need tact, patience and understanding. The ability to assess and cope with situations in a sensitive and non-judgmental way will help you work with people.

Student Placements

If you are a student, currently undertaking study to become a social worker, we provide opportunities for student placements.  During your time with us we will ensure that you are well supported to further your experience of front line working in a social work role. If you’re interested in a student placement, ask your course tutor, they will have all the details regarding how and when to apply.

Social Work Apprenticeships

The role of social worker can now be achieved by applying to be an apprentice. Typically, an apprentice will be in an employed role in an assistant capacity whilst they undertake the degree route to become a qualified social worker, supporting children’s or adults social work. If you are interested in finding out more about the apprenticeship route the Academy will be able to provide you with the information you require to enable you to consider this option.

Step Up to Children’s Social Work

Step up


The Department for Education (DfE) supports local authorities to train and develop those who wish to be a social worker on a 14-month taught and practice based programme providing the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work at Masters Level. A bursary towards fees and living costs will be given monthly to each successful applicant.

The Step Up to Social Work programme accepts applications every 2 years, with the next application round likely to open in early 2021, for training to start in 2022.

Visit the DfE's Step Up to Social Work page  or the University of Bedfordshire website for further information.

Newly Qualified Social Workers

For Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) our Practice Unit supports the recruitment of top social work graduates wishing to enter the social care workforce. The unit delivers a comprehensive ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year in Employment) programme. The ASYE programme consists of a comprehensive training programme, experienced assessor, a ‘buddy’ system and a range of additional ASYE related resources. Contact us to see when we are next recruiting!

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