How to become a
Social Worker

Estimated salary £30,000
Top location North West

Evolution of a Social Worker

Student Social Worker

£4,975 bursary available

1-3 Years

Social Worker


3-4 Years

Experienced Social Worker


5 Years+

What's it really like?

Is it right for me?

  • You’re keen to protect vulnerable people and would love to see people live independently.

  • You want to support those who have suffered harm and abuse.

  • You’re eager to work with vunerable people, and will be able to develop professional relationships with them.

  • You have an appetitie to learn, but also want a practical and demanding job.


  • A degree in Social Work, some of the best universities in the country for this course are: UWE Bristol, University of Leeds and the University of Dundee.

  • Work schemes can also be a way into the profession, check out:

  • Think Ahead, care and support. A two year graduate pathway into mental health social work.

  • Frontline. A two-year, practice based graduate programme focusing on children and familes.

  • Step up to Social Work. A graduate scheme consisting of on the job training, leading to work as a registered social worker.

Additional Experience

  • Some caring or volunteering experience may be required. Demonstration of involvment in a social work setting is generally required.

  • Experience of looking after vunerable individuals is desirable. Some commitment to practice based experience will need to be demonstrated.

  • A placement will take place during your degree, and will put you into professional practice in your local area.

  • Opportunties exisit to move into management, or pursue an academic career in the field.

Day to day

  • Using your skills to engage with a range of people that need social assistance, protection or guidance.

  • Working with a range of vunerable individuals, whether adults, children, people with substance abuse issues, mental health problems or disabilities.

  • Coordinating counselling, guidance and providing information for people in need.

  • Developing and implementing support plans, evaluating results.

  • Providing tailored support and guidance to improve clients lives.

  • Visiting clients at home to provide support and assistance. Building ongoing relationships with them.

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