Social workers often make an essential and long lasting impact on people's lives. As such, it can prove to be both a challenging and rewarding career. A degree in Social Work will be designed to prepare you for this career, introducing you to the practical, ethical and legal concerns that you will be facing in the field. Strong communication skills are a must for applicants. There will most likely be a large fieldwork element to most Social Work degrees and they are often undertaken in partnership with local schools, colleges and other institutions. There are also a number of areas that you can specialise in within the field so make sure you check whether there is a course that reflects your particular interests before applying.