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Social Worker

The role

Social Workers offer counselling, advocacy and safeguarding interventions for vulnerable people including:

  • older people
  • people with a learning disability
  • people with a physical disability
  • people with mental health conditions.

Most Social Workers work as part of a team alongside other key organisations including the Police.

Average salary

£24,000 to £40,000 (National Careers Service)

Entry requirements

In order to work as a social worker, you’ll need a degree in Social Work which is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). A degree in Social Work can be taken as an undergraduate degree (usually 3 years full-time) or a master’s degree (usually 2 years). Before applying for a degree in Social Work, it is helpful for your application to have some experience in social work. You’ll also need to be registered with the HCPC once you’ve qualified.

The University of Worcester offers degrees in Social Work. Find out more here.

This information has been adapted from Skills for Care and the National Career’s Service, visit their website for more detailed information.

Occupational Therapist

The role

Occupational Therapists work in a variety of settings, enabling people with physical, mental or social disabilities to overcome challenges in everyday activities. This can include:

  • helping a person adjust to their disability
  • teaching stroke recovery
  • providing specialist equipment and home adaptions
  • supporting people to engage with activities.

Average salary

£21,500 to £41,000 (National Careers Service)

Entry requirements

In order to work as an Occupational Therapist, you’ll need a degree in Occupational Therapy which is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). A degree in Occupational Therapy can be taken as an undergraduate degree (usually 3 years full-time) or a postgraduate degree. You will also need to be registered with the HCPC once you’ve qualified.

The University of Worcester offers degrees in Occupational Therapy. Find out more here.

This information has been adapted from Skills for Care and National Career’s Service, visit their website for more detailed information.

 

Physiotherapist

The role

Physiotherapists use massage and other techniques to help treat people with physical problems that affect their mobility caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing.

Average salary

£22,000 to £41,000 (National Careers Service)

Entry requirements

In order to work as a Physiotherapist, you’ll need a degree in Physiotherapy which is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to be registered with the HCPC after qualifying. A degree in Physiotherapy can be taken as an undergraduate degree (usually 3 years full-time) or a postgraduate degree. Before applying for a degree in Physiotherapy, it is helpful for your application to have undertaken some relevant paid or voluntary work.  

You may also be able to take a part-time degree in Physiotherapy if you are working as a Physiotherapy Assistant. 

The University of Worcester offers degrees in Physiotherapy. Find out more here.

This information has been adapted from the National Career’s Service, visit their website for more information.

Counsellor 

The role

Counsellors provide emotional support within a variety of settings. Counsellors aim to help people overcome challenges and make positive changes in their lives. Counselling often involves talking through a person’s feelings or reflecting on their past experiences.

Average salary

£19,000 to £47,000 per year (National Careers Service)

Entry requirements

Dependent on the position and employer, you may be required to have a qualification in counselling or membership of a body on the Professional Standards Authority counselling register. For a list of the accredited register, click here.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) highlights three stages of training:

  • Introduction to counselling – a basic course lasting around 12 weeks
  • Certificate in counselling – a theoretical insight into Counselling usually lasting a year part time.
  • Diploma level qualifications in counselling – there are a variety of BACP courses and qualifications that usually last around one to two years part time including placements.

Although there is no set requirement around qualifications, work experience in a similar role or within social care or health is likely to be beneficial when applying for Counselling roles.

Herefordshire and Ludlow College offer multiple qualifications in counselling including:

This information has been adapted from the National Career’s Service, visit their website for more information. 

Nurse

The role

Within Adult Social Care, Skills for Care have identified three main areas that Nurses will often work in:

  • Acute, general or elderly
  • Learning disability nursing
  • Community psychiatric nursing

Within each of these settings, nurses may perform a range of important clinical tasks such as collecting blood samples.

Average salary

£22,000 to £48,000 (National Careers Service)

Entry requirements

In order to work as a Nurse, you’ll need a degree in Nursing and to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  There are multiple relevant specialisms to Adult Social Care including:

  • Adult
  • Mental health
  • Learning disability

Whichever specialism you choose, you can expect to spend half of your nursing degree on supervised placements in local hospitals and community settings (See Royal College of Nursing for more information).

The University of Worcester offers degrees in Nursing. Find out more here.

This information has been adapted from Skills for Care and the National Career’s Service, visit their websites for more detailed information.