How to Apply for Social Work in 9 Easy Steps

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1. REVIEW YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES

Consider your current situation, including: financial costs and funding sources, living arrangements and travel arrangements. Practice Placements have specific requirements. 

3. READ PROGRAMMES PAGES ONLINE

Visit the University of Birmingham BA Social Work  and MA Social Work course pages and review the entry requirements for the course as well as the course content, structure, teaching and assessment.

2. GATHER RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE

Review all relevant research on routes into social work to make sure that this programme is the best fit for you. Be aware of current issues and developments in social work and reflect on why you want to be a social worker.

4. REGISTER FOR OPEN DAYS AND WEBINARS

Attend a University of Birmingham undergraduate andpostgraduate  open day to meet with Programme Directors, visit our campus, and find answers to specific questions you may have about the course, placements, or the application process.

5. GAIN APPROPRIATE AND RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

Consider how you can gain at least 20 days relevant experience. Related experience can include anything where you have worked with children, young people or vulnerable adults in a caring, befriending or mentoring capacity. It can include educational settings where you have worked with students with disabilities, learning difficulties or challenging behaviour.

 

6. SOCIAL CARE REFERENCE 

One of the conditions of your offer will be to provide a Satisfactory Social Care Reference. This will need to be provided by an organisation you have worked for in a social care role either in a paid or voluntary capacity. The reference needs to be provided on headed paper or sent to us from the organisation email address (not a personal email address) and needs to include details of the work you have undertaken, the skills you have gained and whether they recommend you for the course. Whilst we do not expect a reference to necessarily evidence all the required days experience because applicants may have gained this experience across a number of settings, it is advisable to provide a reference from where you have undertaken the most experience.

7. WRITE YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT (500-700 words)

Your personal statement should build on your academic achievements. You should include reflection on your work experience and demonstrate an understanding and commitment to social work through this experience. It should include why you want to study social work and your passion for the subject, and what you feel you can offer the profession. It should clearly include how many days experience you have, and highlight your knowledge of social work, what you want to gain from the course and how it will develop you as a social worker.

8. COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN ONLINE APPLICATION

Complete your application at the earliest opportunity to ensure that Admissions Tutors can get in touch with any questions or request additional information. All offers will be dependent on meeting the criteria, including your qualifications and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

9. ATTEND AN INTERVIEW

All shortlisted candidates who meet the criteria will be invited to an interview. Whether online or face-to-face, approach the interview as you would for any other professional qualification or position, and ensure you review your online application beforehand. Our assessment day comprises a written test and interview.