The education system had changed drastically since Katie Woodcock was at school. She recalled that school was not particularly high up on her priorities when she studied her GCSEs, and while she did well she left not knowing what she wanted to do.
Recently, Katie has returned to education as a mature student as she wanted to study social work. She had been working with children aged 0-3 with complex learning needs and life-limiting illnesses. Although she loved the job, she knew she couldn’t do everything that the children and their families needed without being qualified.
Katie chose to study at Teesside after attending an open day and was able to go straight onto the BA (Hons) Social Work degree because she had the necessary UCAS points from a range of different qualifications – the Open University and CACHE Level 3 Teaching and Learning – rather than A-levels.
Once she graduates as a newly qualified social worker in June 2019, she will need to complete an initial ‘Assessed and Support Year of Employment’ usually in a local authority setting. But beyond that Katie hopes that her qualifications will enable her to make a real difference worldwide. She already volunteers with Darlington Assistance for Refugees and has been inspired by one of her Teesside tutors who works for the UN to look further afield.
Being a qualified social worker means that, although I can’t change the world, I can change someone’s world. – Katie Woodcock