Routes into social work

Social work at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Find out more about working with us as a social worker by visiting our social work website.

Current Social Work training options:

Open University

  • BA Hons Part time – 6 years (must be supported by employer)
  • BA Hons Full time - 3 years


  • MA Part time: 3 years
  • MA Full time: 2 years
  • BA Hons Full time:  3 years
  • BA Hons Part time: Usually 5 / 6 years (employer sponsored only)

Lancaster University

  • BA Hons Full-time: 3 years
  • MA Full time: 2 years

University of Cumbria

  • BA Hons Full-time: 3 years

Salford University

  • BA Hons Full-time: 3 years
  • BA Hons Part-time: 4 years Full-time
  • MA Social Work Part time

EdgeHill University

  • BA Hons Full time: 3 years
  • MA Social Work full time: 2 years

NB.  Course length and fees can change, please check websites for current information.

Scholarships / bursaries may be available

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New Fast Track training options:

Step up to Social Work

  • 14 months, University attendance with two 100 day placements
  • Bursary (approx £19,000 for the duration of the course)


  • Five week residential training programme, two years working in a local authority child protection team.
  • Year One - qualification as a social worker through direct work with children and families
  • Year Two - leads to a full Master's qualification while working as a newly qualified social worker
  • (Register with HCPC with a guaranteed position as a newly qualified social worker within the host local authority for one year)

Think Ahead

  • Fast-track graduate recruitment programme to attract high-calibre individuals into employment as Mental Health Social Workers within integrated teams
  • Summer Institute - Prepare for frontline work with the whole Think Ahead cohort
Year One
  • Learn on the job with other participants, led by a Consultant Social Worker
  • Gain postgraduate diploma in social work from the University of York
Year Two
  • Work as a qualified social worker
  • Gain master’s degree in social work from the University of York

Teaching Partnerships

Collaboration between HEIs and employers to deliver high quality training for social work students and qualified practitioners. The focus is on teaching hubs in the workplace with support for practice skills as well as University teaching. (Initiative under development).  

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