Job details

Portsmouth City Council Children and Families Service are proud to be a part of the South Coast Partnership for the Step up to Social Work programme and will be offering student placements for cohort 6 which commences in January 2020.  

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 practise as a social worker.


Trainees will receive a bursary of £19,833 for the duration of the course. This may be subject to change.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have one of the following in any discipline except social work from a UK higher education institution (or an approved overseas equivalent):

  • a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification, for example, a degree with honours or a graduate certificate
  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above), for example, a Master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Applicants must also:

  • have GCSEs in English or English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or approved equivalent)
  • have a minimum of 6 months experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people or families
  • live in England

You can find out more about what qualification levels mean and the approved equivalents.

Applicants will need to provide evidence of their qualifications with their application.

Your application will not be considered if you do not meet all of the eligibility criteria, or if you cannot provide evidence of your qualifications.

Applicants should:

  • have the emotional resilience to become an effective social worker
  • understand social work theory and research
  • be aware of the risk indicators of different forms of harm to children
  • demonstrate intuition and logic in decision-making
  • show the ability to record accurate child and family assessments
  • have an understanding of the knowledge and skills statements for child and family social workers - which all applicants will be assessed against
  • familiarise themselves with the Professional Capabilities Framework for social workers (entry level)

Step Up to Social Work trainees and other student social workers must complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before being accepted onto the programme.


How to apply

This link will take you to all of the information you need in order to check if you're eligible to apply and complete the online application through the Department for Education"