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BA (Honours) Social Work Degree Apprenticeship

About the course

Social workers support people when they need it most.

Taught by experts with real-world experience, you’ll study issues like homelessness, drug and alcohol use, disability and mental health as well as social welfare policies and the safeguarding of adults and children.

The Social Work Apprenticeship is designed to ensure that you're are eligible to register as professional social workers with Social Work England on graduation and prepared to work with a range of service user and carer groups.

By developing skills in a workplace, you'll bring practical knowledge and experience back into the classroom, enhancing your learning and development as you actively link theory to practice.



Year 1 studies are devoted to the knowledge-base of social work in relation to the psychology of human development, critical social perspectives, legal frameworks governing social work practice and theoretical concepts which focus on communication, assessment and intervention.

You'll be ideally placed to link theory to practice, undertaking university study and ‘on the job’ training, supported by our skilled staff and practitioners.

If you haven't been in formal study for some time, the study skills module in Year 1 is designed to hone your writing skills, referencing and digital learning.

In year 2 and 3, you’ll be assessed during a 100 day placement and an 80 day placement. Your employer will ensure that your placements match your unique skills and knowledge to areas for learning and development.

Modules in year 2 and 3 of the degree apprenticeship are devoted to specialised areas of practice relating to children and families, social work with adults and mental health. These are enhanced by an exploration of more advanced specialisms, such as court work and substance use.

The End Point Assessment is the final component of the apprenticeship programme. Taught content will focus on social work behaviours which inform and impact on decision making. You will consider and analyse the role of professional judgement in decision making and the pillars of effective and safe practice.

Modules include:

Year 1 - certificate stage (Level 4)  

  • Study skills
  • A Tool Kit for social workers
  • Law, social policy and society
  • Lifespan Approach to Human Development
  • Theoretical Models and practical applications
  • Interprofessional / Interagency Collaboration

Year 2 - diploma Stage (level 5)

  • Social work with children, young people families
  • Assessed Practice 1
  • Social work with adults
  • Mental health across the life span

Year 3 - degree stage (level 6)

  • Assessed Practice 2
  • Research and Practice
  • Contemporary issues in Social Work Practice
  • End Point Assessment

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English and maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent)

Selection to the programme will be done in partnership with employers and the potential for the applicant to complete degree-level study will be considered and assessed by use of an enhanced admissions process.

The admissions process will test awareness of the social context for Social Work practice, awareness of self, the ability to develop rapport and potential to develop relevant knowledge, skills and values through professional training.

How to apply

To apply, fill in the downloadable application form and the employer support form and return them to  

For programme enquiries, please contact faculty admissions at


As well as social work, you could pursue a range of other careers and roles. The skills learned can be applied directly in fields such as policing and charity work, or could be adapted to alternative careers with a people-focus, such as counselling.

Some students even go on to set up their own social enterprises to help meet the needs of their local communities.


The course fees for the programme are £24,000 which will be funded via the employing organisation.

For larger employers, apprenticeship levy funding can fully meet the costs of training, assessment and certification. Employers themselves pay the apprentice's wages.

For smaller employers, funding may be available to support fees, please check with us for further details.

For funding enquiries, please contact or (01482) 466373.


This Work-based learning pathway requires assurances signed off by their employer allowing the release of the apprentice for a minimum of 20% ‘off the job’ time over the duration of the 3-year programme.