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Employment-based students and graduate trainees

We receive several enquiries from applicants about this route to the social work degree. Please note that this is not an alternative part time route as social work cannot be studied part time. This route has been agreed with our partner agencies in London who sponsor their employees to undertake the social work qualification, studying alongside other students on the BA.

If you are working in a Local Authority or Trust and are interested in training as a social worker then your first point of call should be your workforce development manager or learning and development manager to establish the opportunities available through them, and the process of application. Similarly, some employers recruit graduates into their own local schemes, so you should look out for the advertisements in the press such as Community Care or The Guardian, and apply directly.

If you are working in the voluntary sector and your employer has indicated their willingness to support your training then they should make contact with us in the first instance so that we can establish that they are able to meet the partnership requirements for employment based students. These are very stringent and include, for example:

  • The willingness to pay your course fees in full for the duration of the course
  • The ability to release you for a minimum of two days per week to attend the university teaching during term time
  • The ability to release you from your normal place of employment to complete the two practice learning placements (70 days and 100 days)
  • The ability to find you a placement and a practice assessor and to fund this
  • The agreement of a formal contract as part of your overall employment which includes the provision of the above, study leave and support and maintenance of your normal salary, leave and working conditions
  • In addition we would welcome partners attendance at our regular partnership forums and to provide a liaison persons in the organisation for students on the programme.

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