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Hertfordshire County Council

Step up to social work

Fast track programme into social work for high-achieving graduates.



Benefits of the programme

  • Up to £19K bursary 
  • Zero tuition fees
  • Fast track – 14 months to become a social worker
  • Practice-led training programme
  • A job at the end of the programme
  • Opportunity to complete the Masters component within 2 years of qualifying.
  • Supported and hosted by an employer:
  • host team and mentor
  • critical reflection group and learner guide
  • 70 day adult and 100 children's service placements with practice educators/on-site supervision
  • 30 practice-led skills days.


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Eligibility criteria

  • A minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification (in any discipline other than in Social Work) or
  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above, which can include a Master's degree or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education, in any discipline other than Social Work).
  • Grade C or above GSCE in English/ English Language and Maths (or recognised equivalent).
  • Experience of working with children, young people and families.
  • The right to remain and work in the UK.

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Our role and expectations

Social work is challenging but rewarding and you can make a real difference for children and families. You'll need to build relationships with families facing difficult times, show a lot of patience and be a good listener. You’ll also need good observational skills, analytical thinking and good judgement to make the right decisions and protect children.

  • This is a full-time 14 month programme
  • 100% attendance is required
  • You'll need to pass academic work and placements to progress
  • We seek to employ 100% successful graduates.




- Sarah, 2013 Step up graduate




- Danielle, 2017 Step up graduate