Becoming a social worker

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debbs77 Fri 03-Mar-17 21:12:45

I'm looking to study a BA in Social WORK with a view to eventually becoming a social worker.

I've been a full time mum for 13 years and always wanted to work in the health sector. Always wanted to be a midwife but as a single mum the study and placements etc make it impossible for now.

I'd like to be a social worker and perhaps look further later on in to end of life care.

Have anyone done this? Can anyone recommend somewhere for distance learning?

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Braceybracegirl Fri 03-Mar-17 21:14:09

I'm a social worker and I adore my job. It's tough at times and the pressure is ridiculous but very rewarding. Good luck!

30somethingella Fri 03-Mar-17 21:15:58

Yup. It's a great, varied and wonderful job. I love it. I started my course, qualified and got a job while a single mum of a baby I gave birth to at the beginning of my course.

It's doable. There's loads of ways to get in to social work which take only a year and a half. I strongly recommend frontline.

debbs77 Fri 03-Mar-17 21:17:38

Ah that's amazing to hear!!!

Will take a look at front line now .

I'm a mum of six, so thought that while they're young is the time to study!

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Braceybracegirl Fri 03-Mar-17 21:19:49

You have 6 kids? Wow! I'm in adoption so not frontline but best to do frontline work to start with at least .

30somethingella Fri 03-Mar-17 21:21:30

Make sure you actually want to be a social worker though. So many people go into just because it sounds great. He job i found was more mundane than I was expecting with much more paper work and I didn't appreciate how much 'managing' was involved in it.

I love my job but probably wouldn't have done it had I known what it entailed.

There's a mental health Adults route similar to 'frontline' can't remember what it's called without google.

Just don't go the university route. The fast track routes with two statutory placements are the best.

wizzywig Fri 03-Mar-17 21:21:34

What is frontline work?


debbs77 Fri 03-Mar-17 21:22:05

Am I right in thinking that frontline is following the degree?

Yes I do, and I'm sooooooo ready to move forwards and build a career! I'm often limited as I'm a single mum with no childcare or support but this should get easier as they get older x

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TeaBelle Fri 03-Mar-17 21:22:08

If oh want to focus on end of life care then you may want to lean towards adult services, but as the degree is generic you don't need to decide now. The great thing about placements is opening your eyes to a range of options for work

30somethingella Fri 03-Mar-17 21:23:19

'Frontline' is just the name of the social worker programme that qualifies you as a social worker in a year and a half.

It has a very high employment rate as you spend almost the entire time in a child protection team learning on the job, so real work experience.

The other option is a 2 year masters with the chance of doing two practice placements without any statutory experience and ending up unemploymabke through lack of experience.

30somethingella Fri 03-Mar-17 21:24:33

Think ahead is the adults equivalent to frontline.

It's a brilliant programme.

TeaBelle Fri 03-Mar-17 21:25:36

Do you not have to do a statutory placement within the masters as you do for the ba? Our local authority employs a high % of students who do their final placement with us (children's services)

30somethingella Fri 03-Mar-17 21:27:15

No, many students end up qualifying with no statutory placement. I think in wales they only do statutory placements but England it's common for people to qualify with none.

None statutory placements shouldnt even exist but that's another discussion.

30somethingella Fri 03-Mar-17 21:28:15

I had to fight tooth and nail for a statutory placement. Glad I did though.

Good luck OP.

debbs77 Fri 03-Mar-17 21:29:59

I already have a Bsc degree but only got a third, so wouldn't qualify for Frontline for what I can see.

I applied to be a foster carer but was turned down unfortunately.

I hope I'm not just being romantic about the job. It's possible! I just really need to get started on my future !

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debbs77 Fri 03-Mar-17 21:32:49

Think Ahead looks brilliant! But I can't commit to the hours

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dataandspot Fri 03-Mar-17 21:33:44

30 something

How do you do it in 18 months?

dataandspot Fri 03-Mar-17 21:34:24

Cross post!

mycatseatgourmet Fri 03-Mar-17 21:35:33

Subbing !

debbs77 Fri 03-Mar-17 21:40:16

Not sure who would be the best distance learning provider either

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30somethingella Fri 03-Mar-17 21:43:02

Ah if you got a third you will have to go the university route. Part time is doable. But would take more than 2 years.

Full time isn't too bad. Lectures only last a few hours each day and it's just a total of 12 months full time placement. 6 months each year.

I did the PgDip which is the masters minus the dissertation and one module. Still qualifies you but In a year and a half.

The course did not run smooth for me though. It took me four years to qualify and I had to wait ages for a placement so be prepared for that.

dataandspot Fri 03-Mar-17 21:43:35

Frontline says you need 240 minimum UCAS points.

I have a, b,c and that only gives me 120.

Am I missing something?

30somethingella Fri 03-Mar-17 21:44:14

To do the year and a half route you need to do th postgraduate diploma in social work not the masters. Most units offer it but don't tell you as the fees are much less!

30somethingella Fri 03-Mar-17 21:44:46

You need a BA degree at 2:1 to do frontline. It's a postgraduate only programme

debbs77 Fri 03-Mar-17 21:44:48

I don't mind part time as I also still need to work (I work from home so can manage study and working). Plus I still have until next September before my youngest goes to school x

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