• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: 14 Months
  • Start Date: January 2022

Course Overview

Step Up to Social Work is a 14 month post graduate intensive fulltime qualifying programme. The course will start in January 2022 as part of the 7th cohort funded by the Department for Education. 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.

The following local authorities as part of the Berkshire Regional Partnership will be running the course in partnership with Bucks New University:

  • Bracknell Forest Council
  • Brighter Futures for Children (Reading)
  • Slough Children’s Services Trust
  • West Berkshire Council

and as part of the programme you will be based at one of the local authority partners within the partnership for your placements.

Social work is both a challenging and rewarding career through which you can make a real difference for vulnerable children and families. You will need to build relationships with families facing difficult times, show a lot of patience and be a good listener. You will also need good observational skills, analytical thinking and sound judgement to make the right decisions and protect children. Social work regularly tests resilience, stamina, and resolve - all of which you will need to succeed. Social work can be life changing for those you support.

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

This is a unique opportunity to earn while you learn, as the Department for Education provides funding via a tax-free bursary payment of £19,833, over the duration of the programme, and payment of University fees for successful applicants. This will allow you to change or start a new career in social work and be able to continue to pay your bills and fund your living costs while you are studying. The programme runs once every two years, dependent on government funding, so if you are interested, make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to apply.

You will need to have :

  • experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people and families and will need to demonstrate your maturity and emotional resilience.
  • A minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification in a different subject
  • Or a 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above)
  • Grade C (grade 4) or above GCSE English Language and Maths
  • Live in England

What are the course entry requirements?

Application is through the Department of Education website (and not the Buckinghamshire New University website). The application window is now open until 7 April 2021.

Apply for Step Up to Social Work – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you would like to discuss this programme further, please contact Annie Duffin, Step Up Programme Officer at annie.duffin@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.


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