- Applications for the Degree are made online through the UCAS system www.ucas.com from mid-September to early January.
- The universities/institutions will shortlist applicants initially on the basis of their UCAS/university application form.
- Applications that meet the university/institution academic entry requirements are processed through a series of stages to assess the applicant’s suitability for social work training in NI.
- FAQ’s and further information on the regionally agreed application process can be accessed on the Northern Ireland Degree in Social Work Partnership website http://nidswp.net/documents/
Stage 1: Suitability for training for social work - 600 word personal statement
All applicants who meet the universities/institutions entry criteria will be required to complete an additional 600 word statement on their knowledge of and aptitude for social work training. At this stage it is important to highlight any relevant experience that they have gained to indicate their knowledge and/or understanding of social work and social services and link this to social work practice. Applicants will be selected for Stage 2 of the process on the basis of this statement.
Stage 2: Suitability for training for social work - interview
The interview is a two stage process including; a case study and a formal interview. The process aims to assess if the applicant has the skills, qualities and understanding required to train to be a social worker at Degree level. Applicants are given time to review the case study prior to the interview and 2 out of the 6 questions will be about the case study. The interview provides the opportunity to highlight any practical/personal experience and knowledge they have about social work and applicants should aim to make links between their relevant experience and social work practice. Advice on preparing for interviews for the Degree in Social Work is available in the Degree Partnership section and Careers section.
Stage 3: Offers/Confirmation of offer
Every university/institution will respond to each applicant individually through UCAS. There may be a variation in the grades, which each university/institution requires for entry, or the type of offer made. The applicant must then inform UCAS of the offer(s) they wish to accept and the order of preference. Applicants are advised to refer to UCAS guidance at this stage.
Stage 4: Application to register on the NISCC Social Care Register
Students on NISCC Honours Degree in Social Work courses must apply to register with the NISCC when they enrol to start their Degree course. To be approved for NISCC registration, you must provide us with information to demonstrate your suitability to work safely in social work. Social work students are required to meet the NISCC Standards of Conduct for Social Work. This is to ensure that social work students are ‘fit to undertake practice learning’. When they qualify as a social worker, they will also be required to meet the NISCC Standards of Practice for Social Work. More information about the standards and registering through the NISCC Online registration system is available in the Registration and Standards section.
Social Work Student Funding - DHSSPS Incentive Scheme
The Department of Health (NI) - Office of Social Services, offers a Financial Incentive Scheme to attract students from Northern Ireland to remain in Northern Ireland to study for the Degree in Social Work. The scheme is available to students who are: domiciled in Northern Ireland; undertaking a NISCC approved programme of study in Northern Ireland leading to the Degree in Social Work; currently registered with NISCC on the relevant part of the Register; and not employed as Regional Social Work Degree Trainees. Currently, the Incentive Scheme offers:
• Full-time students - a non-means tested grant of £4,000 for each year of the course towards the cost of study and a contribution of £500 towards expenses related to work-based learning
• Part-time students - £750 per module (maximum 4 modules per academic year). This includes a contribution towards expenses related to work-based learning
(This scheme is currently under review by the DoH NI)