You might not need a specific degree to do lots of social care roles, but the values, skills and knowledge you learned at university might help you when applying for a job.
There are lots of opportunities to progress from entry level care roles into management positions, and your degree might help you to do this.
A degree in social sciences or legal background might come in useful if you’d like to work in an advocacy role.
A degree in a related subject such as nursing, psychology or social work may support you in your career, as well previous counselling experience.
A degree in a related subject such as social policy or community studies may support you in your career, as well as previous experience working with people who need care and support.
A degree in a related subject such as careers guidance, advocacy or teaching may support you in your career.
There are also lots of support roles that you could do, such as a HR, marketing, sales or finance worker. Depending on the role you apply for, a degree in a relevant subject area may be needed.
In adult social care you could be working with a range of people who need care and support, in a wide range of roles.
This could include people with learning disabilities and/ or autism, physical disabilities, ex-offenders, recovering addicts or older people. You could support them with a range of tasks including social activities, going to work, advocacy, finding a job and personal care.
This could be in the community, in their own home, at a day centre, from an office, in a care home or a hospice. Before you start looking for jobs think about the type of role you’d like to apply for.
When you’re ready, there’s lots of advice about getting into social care on the Starting a career page.
It doesn’t matter what you studied or whether you have experience of working in care, if you have the right values and a passion for taking care of others, you can apply.
The 2018 programme was run in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy and gives ambitious graduates the opportunity to gain invaluable experience with forward-thinking social care and health employers.
On the programme you’ll be supported by a designated placement supervisor from Skills for Care and gives you the chance to network with other graduates on the programme.
The 12 month programme is designed to fast-track graduates into leadership roles, and you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to become an effective leader so you can make a real impact on the lives of others. You’ll also achieve a fully funded management qualification and a health and social care leadership qualification.
Applications for the 2018/19 programme are now closed. Register your interest here for the 2019/20 programme. Subject to funding, we hope applications will open in February 2019 for the start of the programme in October 2019.
If you applied for the programme this year, download the information about the Graduate Management Programme to support your application and interview.
If you would like to express an interest in the programme for 2019/20 or require further information you cannot find on this page, please email email@example.com.
If you would like to offer a placement for a graduate for the 2018/19 intake please email firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday 30 May 2018.