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and does it have to be direct work experience in care such as a care home or hospital?

How many hours of work experience do you need?

Where did you get experience from?

Is social work a satisfying career?

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and does it have to be direct work experience in care such as a care home or hospital?

How many hours of work experience do you need?

Where did you get experience from?

Is social work a satisfying career?

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Cant answer anything else, but Gloucestershire ask for students to have 200 hours worth of experience, so i would guess other would want around the same.
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and does it have to be direct work experience in care such as a care home or hospital?

How many hours of work experience do you need?

Where did you get experience from?

Is social work a satisfying career?

Thanks for answering
It really does vary between all universities. Some require a few hundred hours experience, while others don't state any all. Best thing to do is look on the course website entry requirements for the universities you are looking to apply to and if still in doubt, just email the admissions department and ask directly.
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and does it have to be direct work experience in care such as a care home or hospital?

How many hours of work experience do you need?

Where did you get experience from?

Is social work a satisfying career?

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You don't need direct experience in a care home or hospital type setting; one of the good things about social work is that you can work in such a diverse range of settings that any experience is good. Placements while you're on the degree for example can be anything from local authority social care, to homeless shelters, prisons, schools, hospitals, voluntary sector mental health services, etc.

When I applied, the bulk of my experience was in schools, but I also had experience with a mental health charity, as well as domestic violence and homeless projects.

Some universities will specify a minimum level of experience; but others will just want to see that you're committed to pursuing a career in social work.

As for if it's a satisfying career; it is, and it's lovely to be able to see how far your clients have progressed from when you start working with them, to when you reach the end. That being said, it's not always a walk in the park; there will be days / weeks where you're tired, deflated and you question whether you made the right decision.
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