How to become a social worker in the UK

Caring for others and giving something back to the community is a great way of getting job satisfaction from your work. Becoming a social worker could be a way of working in a job that’s rewarding both financially and emotionally, but it’s not a career you can fall into. If you’re interested in finding out how to become a social worker, we’ve got a guide that will help you achieve your aim.

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There are a collection of skills needed to successfully carry out any job, but the requirements for social work involve skills that can’t be taught at school. You’re either born with or you develop the skills needed for the job because they’re life-skills like the ability to listen, sensitivity to others and the ability to maintain an objective point of view.


Although the job requires skills that you can’t learn in school, employers still look for degree-level qualifications so you’ll need at least a bachelor's degree in social work or a two-year postgraduate degree in social work that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to find work.

After graduation

Once you’ve graduated and you’re ready to enter the working world, you will need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). A starting salary of £19,500 is available for a 40 hour working week, but this can rise to £40,000 as you gain experience and responsibilities over the years.

The work

You’ll have to relate to people of all ages and very different backgrounds to your own. You’ll need to earn their trust and you’ll find yourself in positions where tact and diplomacy are required. Patience and understanding are the keys to this type of work, but you also need to be non-judgemental and sensitive to the patient’s needs.

Final word

For more information, check out nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

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