New Somerset social work course offers fantastic incentives and links with Council

A new social work degree course is being launched in Somerset offering a guaranteed job interview and monthly cash incentive if you go on to work for Somerset County Council.

The BSc Hons course is the result of an innovative partnership between the Yeovil College University Centre and the University of Gloucestershire and will be delivered at the college’s Yeovil campus, starting this September.

You can apply now for the course which will have strong links to the Council’s Adults’ and Children’s social care teams and boasts some excellent benefits for those who enroll. It will also offer a great opening for mature students who may already be working in the care or education sectors.

The benefits include:

  • Guaranteed work placement at Somerset County Council in your final year
  • Guaranteed job interview if you pass your degree
  • Monthly cash incentive payment for five years if you get a job with us, designed to assist with the repayment of student debt

The degree will prepare candidates for a successful career in social work and covers safeguarding, and care and crisis intervention to help turn around people’s lives.

There continues to be a national shortage of social workers in both Adults’ and Children’s services. The introduction of the degree is intended to help address this issue and it is hoped that potential social workers of all backgrounds from the county will apply, including mature students.

If you fall into this category you may not necessarily need the same qualifications as school leaving applicants. Find out more by contacting the University of Gloucestershire enquiries team on 03330 141414 or by email on

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor Mandy Chilcott said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this fantastic course which not only gives us the chance to attract potential new social workers from the community we serve, but it’s also a great opportunity for all sorts of talented people out there who didn’t think they had the qualifications to consider a career in social work to follow their dream.”

Suzanne Sheldon, Academic Subject Leader for Social Work at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “I am very excited that we are bringing our well-established Social Work degree to Yeovil College University Centre, and the support of Somerset County Council will bring immense benefits to students on the course.

“The guaranteed placements and fantastic employment incentives on offer will ensure that students enrolling in September 2019 enjoy the best possible preparation and opportunities for a successful and rewarding career in social work.”

Find out more about the course at