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Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly Social Care Workforce Development

Studying to be a social worker

Social Work Degree Programmes

The social work undergraduate degree and masters degree in social work are the professional qualifications for social workers. The programmes are designed to equip students to be ready for the demanding role of being a newly qualified social worker. Details of the programmes and approved providers can be accessed via Social Care Wales


In addition to completing academic requirements, you will also need to complete a range of placement opportunities. The time spent on placement is an opportunity to engage with individuals who access care services and carers to develop skills in building professional relationships. Placements will also reflect your learning needs and career aspirations.
Placements can be in various sectors:

  • Statutory
  • Voluntary
  • Independent
You will be assessed whilst completing your placement by being observed by a practice assessor and, in addition, you will be expected to complete a portfolio of evidence.

Other Support

The support you can expect as a student includes:
  • Induction
  • Access to training and learning resources
  • Group supervisions
  • Named contact

Support for Self-funding Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly Employees - Social Work Degree Programmes

Support to complete a practice placement may be available to employees self-funding a social work degree programme.  For more information, click on Placement Options for Self Funding Employees.

Blaenau Gwent Caerphilly – Social Work Training and Development Strategy 2016 – 2021

For an overview of all the support we offer, please click on Social Work Training Strategy.
If you need any further support or advice, please contact Deb Gibbons .  Tel: 01495 232829