HC Deb 02 May 1980 vol 983 c719W
Mr. Greenway

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether there is any reason, other than cash limits, why he regards the possession of a degree as an essential qualification for a grant in respect of courses leading to the certificate of qualification in social work.

Sir George Young

A degree is not generally an essential qualification for grant-aided students aiming at the certificate of qualification in social work, and about half of CQSW course places are for non-graduates. The Department awards grants to graduates on suitable courses. Non-graduates can apply for grants to their local education authorities. In addition, a significant number of both graduates and non-graduates are supported through secondment from their employers.