Step Up to social work and be the difference

Social work is a challenging but rewarding career through which you can make a real difference for children and families. You will need to build relationships with families facing difficult times, show a lot of patience and be a good listener. You’ll also need good observational skills, analytical thinking and sound judgement to make the right decisions and protect children. Social work regularly tests resilience, stamina and resolve - all of which you will need to succeed. But social work can be life changing for those you support and help.

Through our successful Step Up to Social Work training programme you’ll get intensive, hands-on experience of working in a real-life social work role. On completion, you will qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, allowing you to register and practice as a social worker.

We can train you in 14 months, with all your course fees paid. You will also receive a bursary of £19,833 over the duration of the programme to support you whilst training.

We’re looking for strong graduates who have experience of working with children, young people, and families and who can demonstrate their maturity and emotional resilience.

Step Up to Social Work aims to attract applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and aims to have a workforce that represents the society that we serve.

Do you have what it takes?

You are eligible if you can demonstrate you already have:

  • A minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree qualification (level 6)


  • GCSEs in English or English Language and mathematics at grade 4 © or above (or an approved equivalent)
  • 6 months full time (or equivalent) direct experience, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, of working with vulnerable children, young people and/or families, carers or vulnerable adults

For more information visit: Step Up to Social Work: information for applicants

Online applications opened on the 17 February and closes 3 April 2023