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If you already have a degree you may be able to apply for a postgraduate course. These courses are usually full-time and last two years, although some part time courses are available.
Many students on the postgraduate course begin their first practical placement shortly after starting the course. As such, institutions will need to ensure that you have relevant experience before they accept you on the course. If you have been working in a related field since graduating, this may be sufficient.
However, many people move into social work because they want a complete change of career direction. If this sounds like you, you may need to gain some relevant experience before applying through working in social care work. Social care work is a great way to make sure that changing the lives of children and young people is the career you're looking for.
Both the three year undergraduate degree and the two year postgraduate degree in social work cover the same subjects, and include a minimum of 200 days of practical experience.
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The UCAS website, managing applications to UK higher-education courses.