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Can anyone talk to me about applying for a social work degree, it's a bit complicated and I'm after your opinions.

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TalkToMeAboutSocialWorkPlease · 04/07/2019 18:40

I'm 50, currently working as a carer, would like to do social work. I have to apply to UCAS by tomorrow, however I'm working tomorrow (out of the house for nearly 14 hours) and haven't got a referee yet as it's been a last minute thing and I didn't realise the dates were so soon.

Also, it's unlikely I can get a loan for the fees as I already did (but didn't complete) a degree. I'm a fool, I know.

Do I...
1)do a rush job and hope for the best to start in Sept (a sloppy rush job, my usual style)

2)take my time and think it through and apply for Sept 2020 (I'm 50)

3)look for a 'social care job where social workers are employed' and try to do the OU degree through my new job?

4)something else I haven't thought of?

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Hmmmbop · 04/07/2019 18:49

Do 1 and if unsuccessful do 2&3 simultaneously.

Fwiw, I did a last minute application for y SW masters and got on.

If you already have a degree, why aren't you applying for a master's in SW?

TalkToMeAboutSocialWorkPlease · 04/07/2019 18:49

Actually I think it's better if I don't apply today, I feel a bit panicky at the rush. But I think I feel the urgency because I'm 50, but then again I'll be working until I'm 60-something won't I?

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Hmmmbop · 04/07/2019 18:50

Sorry just read the didn't complete. How much did you complete? You are entitled to 4 years loan I believe.

TalkToMeAboutSocialWorkPlease · 04/07/2019 18:50

Ooh cross posted.

I didn't finish my degree.

I know, I know!

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TalkToMeAboutSocialWorkPlease · 04/07/2019 18:52

It was an NHS funded course, I completed 2 years. But I didn't have a standard fee loan, I've not had student finance before.

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Hmmmbop · 04/07/2019 19:04

If you've not had student finance you should be fine.

Why are you mumsnetting and not writing the application Grin carer then SW is a good move. Get applying

LoisLittsLover · 04/07/2019 19:17

Have you looked at the step up programme?

TalkToMeAboutSocialWorkPlease · 04/07/2019 19:28

Step Up is post grad though unfortunately.

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hatgirl · 04/07/2019 19:42

I've known a few people apply for SW in their 50s.

I would get it in and worry about everything else like finance later.

crazymare20 · 04/07/2019 19:46

I’m a social work student, if you have never had student finance before you will get your course funded. Go for it

user1499382939 · 04/07/2019 22:31

No reason why u shouldn't apply. The trickest part is getting personal statement done and worded within the word limit. you sound very experienced and that will be desired. I start in September as mature student ucas was a challenge as last time I did it there was no internet lol

user1499382939 · 04/07/2019 22:32

Feel free to contact me for help good luck

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