• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: 14 Months
  • Start Date: January 2021

Course Overview

Step Up to Social Work is a 14-month, post graduate, intensive full-time qualifying programme run by the Berkshire Regional Partnership.

The following local authorities will be running the course in partnership with Bucks New University:

  • Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reading Borough Council
  • Slough Children’s Services Trust
  • West Berkshire Council

This course will start in January 2021 as part of the seventh cohort funded by the Department of Education where trainees will receive a bursary for the duration of the course.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placement Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special Skills for Work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

Students will be expected to complete a minimum of 170 placement days of social work experience in local authorities.

The course will cover topics such as:

  • social work ethics and practice
  • child development
  • assessment of risk
  • the legal framework

All programmes must meet the regulators’ approval. The regulators are the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Successful students will qualify with a postgraduate diploma in Social Work and able to register as social workers with the HCPC.

You can find out more information about a career as a social worker.

Assessment and supervision

The local authority will assign trainees to a supervisor for placements and the University will supply a tutor for academic supervision.

To apply for this course, or if would like further information, please email annie.duffin@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.

What are the course entry requirements?

Application for this course is not through the usual university route. You need to register your interest on the Department for Education website:


The entry requirements are detailed on the website. Currently they refer to the requirements for the last cohort, but we are not anticipating that they will change for cohort 6.

Funding and application information is also detailed on the website.


How much does it cost

Students will receive a bursary from DfE of £19,833 for the duration of the course. This may be subject to change.

Contact our partner at Bracknell Forest Council:

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks