Step Up to Social Work

Are you a graduate looking to become a qualified Social Worker?

Social work is both a challenging and rewarding career where you can make a real difference for vulnerable children and families. Social work regularly tests resilience, stamina, and resolve – all of which you’ll need to succeed. Social work can be life changing for those you support. 

As a social worker you’ll 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 and vulnerable adults.

Through the successful 14-month Step Up to Social Work programme, you’ll receive intensive, hands-on experience of working in a real-life social work role through placements in a local authority. Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work enabling you to register and practice as a social worker.

To be eligible you will need to have either a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification, for example an honours degree or a graduate certificate (can be in any subject), or a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a postgraduate qualification (level 7 or above), for example a Master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma, in a discipline other than social work.

You should also have GCSEs in English or English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or the new grade 4 and above (or an approved equivalent). As part of the application and assessment process you’ll need to show all your original certificates. If you cannot find these, you can order replacements online.

We particularly encourage applications from male and BAME candidates as we aspire to make the programme, and the profile of social work practitioners, more diverse and representative of the children, families and communities they support.

Norfolk County Council is part of the Eastern Regional Partnership along with Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Essex, Southend and Thurrock. The academic programme is delivered by our delivery partner, Anglia Ruskin University. To find out more about the programme in the Eastern region visit: PG Dip Professional Social Work Practice – Step Up to Social Work – PG Dip – ARU or you can attend information evening on the 8th and 25th March from 7 to 8:30pm. To book a place email:

Apply today and make the step into a rewarding career in Social Work.

For more information and to apply visit: Department for Education Step up to Social Work website

Application window closes 7 April 2021.