Graduate Management programme

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Graduate roles in social care

There are lots of career paths for people from all kinds of academic backgrounds. If you’re looking for a rewarding career helping people, there’s a career in care for you.

Alongside the skills and knowledge you learnt at University, your values are equally, if not more, important.

For some social care roles such as social work, occupational therapy or nursing, you might need a specific degree to start practicing.

If you don’t have a social care related degree there are lots of roles you could do with plenty of opportunities to work towards professional qualifications throughout your career.

You could apply for the Graduate Management programme to fast track you into a leadership role. Applications are currently closed. They will open on Monday 20 January 2020. 


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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, we want to hear from you.

Our one-year programme can launch and enhance your career within a health and social care orientated setting. We're looking for bright, eager graduates with a degree at 2:2 or above in any subject. You should have a strong desire to work alongside others and be able to think and contribute strategically. Your positive outlook will help others live life to their fullest potential.

What's involved?

  • Working within a quality health and social care organisation, including a health orientated secondment.
  • Support from your host, designated placement supervisor, Skills for Care and other graduates.
  • A bursary payment of £20,000.
  • A leadership and management qualification, plus a project management accreditation. 
  • Leadership development through coaching, supervision and peer support.

Applications are currently closed. Please register your interest for the 2020 programme using the form at the top of this page.

Applications will open on Monday 20 January 2020 for the start of the programme in October 2020. 

Download the entry criteria and person specification here.

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Find out more about applying for the programme:

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.

Care worker progressing into management roles

There are lots of opportunities to progress from entry level care roles into management positions, and your degree might help you to do this.

Advocacy worker

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.

Housing support officer or welfare rights officer

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.

Employment advisor

A degree in a related subject such as careers guidance, advocacy or teaching may support you in your career. 

Support roles such as administration, HR, marketing or finance

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.

For some social care roles, you might need a specific degree such as:

Social work
As a social worker you’ll offer counselling and advocacy to individuals and families, and intervene where vulnerable people need safeguarding. Find out more about becoming a social worker.

Occupational therapist
As an occupational therapist you’ll work with people with physical disabilities or mental ill-health to help do everyday activities such as physical rehabilitation or equipment for daily living. Find out more about becoming an occupational therapist.

As a social care nurse you’ll perform clinical tasks to people in a nursing home or in the community. Find out more about becoming a nurse

Social care is about supporting people to maintain their independence, dignity and control. This includes providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives.

Social care workers could be supportingsomeone with a range of disabilities, dementia or mental health conditions. They could be working in a care home, in thelocal community or from someone’s home.

There are lots of different roles in social caredepending on what you want to do, whoyou want to work with and where you’d liketo work.

There’s lots of advice about getting into care here