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Employment Route Scheme - MA in Social Work

Suffolk County Council
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This role is open to Suffolk County Council internal staff only.

Are you interested in developing your career into Social Work?

This is an exciting opportunity for graduates already working in Children and Young People's Service (CYP) or Adult and Community Services (ACS), employed by Suffolk County Council.

The University of East Anglia (UEA) in conjunction with Suffolk County Council are offering a number of places on the 2 year full time MA in Social Work course, commencing in September 2021.

Social Work Practice placements for both years will be arranged by SCC. The first 70 day placement in adult services or related private, voluntary and independent sector with the second 100 day placement in front line statutory children's services.


  • You need to have worked for Suffolk County Council for at least one year at the time of application
  • Your current role needs to involve direct contact with children, young people and parents in a helping role, or with adults
  • You need to have a first degree completed in the last five years at grade 2:1 or above. If you fall outside of this time frame, then they will need to show evidence of recent study. (2:2 grade may be considered if experience is substantial and relevant)
  • You must have discussed this with your line manager.

As a successful candidate, you will be able to apply for an NHS bursary* to help meet part of the cost of fees and living expenses. In addition, Suffolk County Council will provide a retainer of £6,500 for each year of the MA.

You will need to sign a retainer, as an agreement between SCC and yourself, that you will return to work in one of our frontline children or adult's social care teams for a minimum of 2 years on successful completion of the course and successful job interview.

*Please note there are no guarantees of receiving an NHS bursary and it will be the applicant's responsibility to cover any shortfall of the university fees to UEA from the bursary amount awarded.

To discuss the programme, please contact Jon Farthing, ACS and CYP Workforce Development, on (01473) 260409 or email: jon.farthing@suffolk.gov.uk

For further information or application queries, please contact the UEA via email: ug.admissions@uea.ac.uk

Application forms can be requested via email: ug.admissions@uea.ac.uk please write in the email subject line 'Employment Route scheme-SWK'.

Interview dates: 16, 17 and 18 June 2021.

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