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Starting a social care career

A career that you are guaranteed to find challenging and rewarding.

There are lots of different job roles in social care; it just depends what you are interested in, who you want to work with and where you want to work. We can guarantee that no two days will ever be the same, it will be both challenging and rewarding.

Further information on the types of career available is on the Skills for Care website.

Becoming a social worker

The role of social work is to support and protect vulnerable children and adults, their families, carers and communities. The work focuses on helping individuals to maximise their potential within society.

Depending on your role, you will work with:

  • vulnerable adults or children
  • older people
  • people who have a disability
  • people who have a physical or mental illness
  • children who are looked after
  • children who have emotional or behavioural problems.

You can find out more from the national careers website

Social work training

There are different ways of becoming a social worker in Oxfordshire:

University course at undergraduate or post-graduate level

  • You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in social work approved by Social Work England (the specialist regulator for social work in England).
  • You can also do a 2-year postgraduate degree in social work, if you have a degree in another subject.
  • You may be eligible for a social work bursary

Graduate training scheme

You can apply to do an intensive, training programme for graduates if you've got a first or upper second class degree in any subject except social work. The programmes are: