Apply for step up to social work

A link to a website which you can use to apply and get more information about the programme.


Step up to social work: application website


  1. Go to the step up to social work website.

  2. Read the information on the website to see if you’re eligible and to find out more about the programme.

In some regions, the application deadline has been extended. The step up to social work website will have further details.

About the programme

Step up to social work is an intensive, 14-month, full-time programme for trainee social workers. Trainees will work in a local authority, gaining hands-on practitioner experience and academic learning. Successful trainees will be awarded a postgraduate diploma in social work once they complete the programme, allowing them to register and practice as a social worker.

We particularly encourage applications from male and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as we aspire to make the programme, and the profile of social work practitioners, more diverse and representative of the children, families and communities they support.

Published 15 February 2021
Last updated 7 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated information about the application deadline.

  2. First published.