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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 are eligible to register as a professional social worker 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.

This course is approved by Social Work England.

Apprenticeships Apprenticeships


Year 1 - certificate stage (Level 4)  

Year 1 studies are devoted to the knowledge-base of social work in relation to the psychology of human development, 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.

Modules include
  • Study Skills
  • A Tool Kit for Social Workers
  • Law, Social Policy and Society
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Interprofessional/interagency Working
  • Theoretical Models and Practical Applications

Year 2 - diploma Stage (level 5)

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 are devoted to specialised areas of practice relating to children and families, social work with adults and mental health.

Modules include
  • Assessed Practice 1
  • Social Work with Children, Young People and Families
  • Social Work with Adults
  • Mental Health Across the Life Course
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Work Practice

Year 3 - degree stage (level 6)

In year 3, you will do an 80-day placement and develop your skills to that of a newly qualified social worker.  You will also undertake a research and practice modal to develop a research-minded approach to practice.

Modules include
  • Assessed Practice 2
  • Research in Practice
  • Critical Perspective in Social Work

Entry requirements

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

Selection to the programme is 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 the potential to develop relevant knowledge, skills and values through professional training.

How to apply

For expressions of interest please email


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.

Read about Clare's experiences as a Social Work student.

Potential graduate roles include

  • Social worker
  • Drug and alcohol specialist
  • Community worker
  • Welfare rights advisor
  • Youth justice officer
  • Housing officer


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.