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Education and training standards

Our education and training standards

The education and training standards are the standards against which we will assess and approve social work education and training courses. They have been developed with education and training providers to ensure they are relevant and will mean that students who successfully complete a social work course can meet our professional standards and can apply to be registered with us.

We previously published two sets of standards for education and training providers: 2019 and 2020. The standards for 2019 mirror those used by HCPC but with some minor changes. The 2020 standards are a new set of standards which were meant to be implemented for 2020 onwards.

In response to COVID-19, we have taken the decision to delay the implementation of the 2020 standards until September 2021. We are now updating our standards and guidance documents to reflect the change. The current 2019 education and training standards will continue to be the standards by which we monitor, inspect and approve courses until that time.

2019 education and training standards
2019 education and training standards guidance

2020 education and training standards
2020 education and training standards guidance

Last updated: 18 May 2020

2019 education and training standards

2020 education and training standards

Social Work England Education and Training Standards