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    Hi guys, so I've been thinking of doing my masters in social work but I'm wondering is it really worth It? If So, what unis are good for social work?

    I know what social work involves and tbh I think I would really enjoy it. However, I've been looking up at posts about it and people keep saying that the pay is terrible. I'm not looking for a job to get rich (although wouldn't ££££ be great!), but I do want a decent salary. I want to also be able to progress.
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    If you want to be a Social Worker then yes I would say it is worth it.


    What universities are good for social work? You could start by looking at the league tables, don't just go by them though. Research into course content (even though they are all very similar some universities have different modules, for example the one that I am hoping to attend has a drug specialism.) Next visit open days, see if you could picture yourself studying there for two years.

    When considering what universities to apply to think about things such as the distance from home - do you want to be close to home? The cost of the course - is one university considerably more expensive than another? The placements - are you guaranteed statutory work? Job prospects - does one university have a low employment rate after graduation?

    I applied to Lancaster, Uni of Sheffield, Uni of York, Uni of Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin - I firmed Lancaster. It's a good uni (for me), the course is interesting, the staff were amazing at the interview day, it has good graduate prospects and I can see myself being happy there.

    The average starting salary for a newly qualified social worker starts at £22,000 a year but can go up to £32,000 which is all dependent not the local area that you live in. Obviously if you live and work in London then your wage is going to be higher than if you live in Derby for example. There's definitely career progression too, there's senior social workers which get paid around £40,000 a year.
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    If you want to be a Social Worker then yes I would say it is worth it.


    What universities are good for social work? You could start by looking at the league tables, don't just go by them though. Research into course content (even though they are all very similar some universities have different modules, for example the one that I am hoping to attend has a drug specialism.) Next visit open days, see if you could picture yourself studying there for two years.

    When considering what universities to apply to think about things such as the distance from home - do you want to be close to home? The cost of the course - is one university considerably more expensive than another? The placements - are you guaranteed statutory work? Job prospects - does one university have a low employment rate after graduation?

    I applied to Lancaster, Uni of Sheffield, Uni of York, Uni of Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin - I firmed Lancaster. It's a good uni (for me), the course is interesting, the staff were amazing at the interview day, it has good graduate prospects and I can see myself being happy there.

    The average starting salary for a newly qualified social worker starts at £22,000 a year but can go up to £32,000 which is all dependent not the local area that you live in. Obviously if you live and work in London then your wage is going to be higher than if you live in Derby for example. There's definitely career progression too, there's senior social workers which get paid around £40,000 a year.
    Thank you. This was very informative!
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    Hi Partyrings

    You can find out more about a Masters in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University online at www.anglia.ac.uk/social-work

    There are many opportunities for career progression in social work – check out our graduate employability case studies to see what they are doing now at:
    https://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-soci...y-case-studies

    If you'd like to discuss the course further please do get in touch with our course leaders [email protected] (Cambridge) or [email protected] (Chelmsford)

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    (Original post by kayleighisonfire)
    If you want to be a Social Worker then yes I would say it is worth it.


    What universities are good for social work? You could start by looking at the league tables, don't just go by them though. Research into course content (even though they are all very similar some universities have different modules, for example the one that I am hoping to attend has a drug specialism.) Next visit open days, see if you could picture yourself studying there for two years.

    When considering what universities to apply to think about things such as the distance from home - do you want to be close to home? The cost of the course - is one university considerably more expensive than another? The placements - are you guaranteed statutory work? Job prospects - does one university have a low employment rate after graduation?

    I applied to Lancaster, Uni of Sheffield, Uni of York, Uni of Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin - I firmed Lancaster. It's a good uni (for me), the course is interesting, the staff were amazing at the interview day, it has good graduate prospects and I can see myself being happy there.

    The average starting salary for a newly qualified social worker starts at £22,000 a year but can go up to £32,000 which is all dependent not the local area that you live in. Obviously if you live and work in London then your wage is going to be higher than if you live in Derby for example. There's definitely career progression too, there's senior social workers which get paid around £40,000 a year.
    Hi there! Such a helpful reply! I am wondering if you went to the open day for University of York? How did you find it?
    And out of the ones you have applied to which one would you consider second best after Lancaster?

    Many thanks,
    A potential student
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    Hi there! Such a helpful reply! I am wondering if you went to the open day for University of York? How did you find it?
    And out of the ones you have applied to which one would you consider second best after Lancaster?

    Many thanks,
    A potential student
    Hello, thank you!

    I did not attend any open days just interview days. I did not go to my interview at York though, I decided that I did not want to attend after being accepted into Lancaster.

    It depends on different things.... Graduate prospects I would definitely say Sheffield as they offer you two statutory placements but I personally dislike the university so much especially after my interview.

    Location wise definitely Anglia Ruskin, I love Cambridge and it's pretty much in the city centre which is great

    Because SW is regulated the courses are pretty similar but once again I would say either York or ARU. Lincoln's sounded ok but I did not like that if you had an international placement it could mess up with you registering with the HCPC

    Here's my offers etc

    Lancaster: Firm
    Anglia Ruskin: Insurance
    Sheffield: Rejected
    York: Withdrawn
    Lincoln: Withdrawn

    Lancaster and ARU were always my top two so as soon as I found out I got into both I withdrew from the others
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    I really wouldn't. It is not worth getting a Master's for a top end salary of £30-40k (posted by another member). Seriously, you will be overqualified to be a social worker and be stuck with huge debt and years of your life gone
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    I really wouldn't. It is not worth getting a Master's for a top end salary of £30-40k (posted by another member). Seriously, you will be overqualified to be a social worker and be stuck with huge debt and years of your life gone
    So how do you expect them to become a Social Worker without doing a masters?
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    (Original post by kayleighisonfire)
    Hello, thank you!

    I did not attend any open days just interview days. I did not go to my interview at York though, I decided that I did not want to attend after being accepted into Lancaster.

    It depends on different things.... Graduate prospects I would definitely say Sheffield as they offer you two statutory placements but I personally dislike the university so much especially after my interview.

    Location wise definitely Anglia Ruskin, I love Cambridge and it's pretty much in the city centre which is great

    Because SW is regulated the courses are pretty similar but once again I would say either York or ARU. Lincoln's sounded ok but I did not like that if you had an international placement it could mess up with you registering with the HCPC

    Here's my offers etc

    Lancaster: Firm
    Anglia Ruskin: Insurance
    Sheffield: Rejected
    York: Withdrawn
    Lincoln: Withdrawn

    Lancaster and ARU were always my top two so as soon as I found out I got into both I withdrew from the others
    Many thanks for your reply. I found it very helpful

    Hope you enjoy the course and good luck!
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    (Original post by kayleighisonfire)
    So how do you expect them to become a Social Worker without doing a masters?
    Why on earth do you need a Masters to be a social worker?
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    (Original post by Umbra)
    Why on earth do you need a Masters to be a social worker?
    For those who didn't do it undergraduate level maybe? Not everyone knows what they want to be at 18
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    (Original post by kayleighisonfire)
    For those who didn't do it undergraduate level maybe? Not everyone knows what they want to be at 18
    I just don't think it warrants the cost as it's not a highly paid job and I (could be wrong) don't think it requires a masters

    Not to disparage the line of work, I just think people need to give serious thought to student loans and the like. Not everything is worth studying (cost / benefits)
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    (Original post by Umbra)
    I just don't think it warrants the cost as it's not a highly paid job and I (could be wrong) don't think it requires a masters

    Not to disparage the line of work, I just think people need to give serious thought to student loans and the like. Not everything is worth studying (cost / benefits)
    You need a degree either at undergrad or masters. The only other option is to try and get on one of the highly selective schemes that they have where they have like 3000 applicants for 100 places
 
 
 
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