The Degree in Social Work is the recognised professional qualification for social workers throughout the UK, as well as for Probation Officers and Education Welfare Officers in Northern Ireland and Criminal Justice Social Workers in Scotland. NISCC approves and regulates Degree in Social Work courses in Northern Ireland. The Degree is normally a three-year full time course, delivered as a combination of taught modules and practical assessment. There are alternative study options for graduates with a relevant degree, or those who need to study part-time. More information about courses, entry requirements and how to apply is available in the Degree in Social Work section.
Newly qualified social workers must complete an Assessed Year in Employment (AYE) to ensure they have made the transition from student to employee and have demonstrated sustained, continuous and effective competence in the workplace. More information is available in the Assessed Year in Employment section.
Social work jobs are provided by Health and Social Care Trusts, Education, Criminal Justice and by independent, private and voluntary social care organisations. Jobs within Health and Social Care Trusts Health are advertised at http://v2.hscrecruit.com/ Vacancies with independent, private and voluntary social care organisations can be advertised in local newspapers, the internet, job centres and with recruitment agencies.