BASW membership for student social workers
Sign up to discounted student membership to support your social work course.
|Category||Direct Debit / monthly|
|Discounted student member rate||£5.16 / month|
- Includes access to study resources and career advice
- Continue your student membership and receive 50% off membership fees for your first post-qualifying year of work
Student membership benefits
Support your coursework
- Support your coursework. Develop your knowledge and skills and carve out your career path with free and discounted CPD, plus discounted research journals.
- Student Ambassadors. A unique opportunity for you to learn and develop. Join projects and events that focus on the student experience
- Student member bulletin. Receive the latest social work news, updates and events to your inbox.
Free coaching, protection and support
- Professional Support Service. Access confidential 1-1 support and coaching service for social workers and students.
- Protection. Student membership includes £5 million professional indemnity insurance cover for social work placements.
- Placement difficulties. Get advice from BASW/SWU Advice and Representation, a team of social workers, for professional help on a range of issues.
Learn about social work and the profession
- Careers advice. Find out more about working in social work and explore your speciality, build interview skills and get tips on writing job applications.
- Connect. Meet and connect with fellow social work students and social workers, to share ideas, discuss your learning and development.
- Professional Social Work magazine. The UK’s only printed social work magazine - delivered direct to your door.
- Campaigns and lobbying
Your voice inspires our campaigns. Together we’ll drive positive change and influence what matters in social work today.
We continue to lobby UK government for a better understanding of social work and social workers.
We are campaigning for student bursaries, improved professional working conditions, relationship-based practice and for an end to and poverty.
Being a student ambassador has enabled me to connect with fellow students and access free eventsAttributionBASW student member
Social Workers Union (SWU)
BASW student members can access discounted membership for SWU, the only UK trade union for social workers, run by qualified and registered social workers. Find out more about SWU.
|Category||Additional cost / monthly|
|Students||+ £0.83 / month|
Great reasons to opt into SWU:
- SWU recruits and trains student Union Contacts who promote membership and activism in universities
- SWU is a member of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), providing our student members with access to the training provided by GFTU. GFTU is a group of 28 specialist unions with a combined membership of over 300,000 members
- SWU has its own monthly newsletter which is emailed to members every month
- SWU offers opportunities for students to join events, campaigns and ‘talk to SWU’ sessions covering student issues and advice