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Social Worker


The Social Work Practice Degree Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with the national apprenticeship trailblazer and in partnership with several local authorities.
The apprenticeship is suitable for both existing staff such as support workers, and people new to the sector.
This apprenticeship prepares people for a career as a qualified social worker by providing the underpinning knowledge and interpersonal skills the profession demands. The course is intended to develop the potential of employees, and utilise and build upon their existing knowledge in social work.
The course will deliver against the nationally recognised Level 6 Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship standard. The apprenticeship includes a combination of work-based learning modules and specialist education, which leads to a BA (Honours) Social Work Practice and graduates can apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.
If you have 15 or more potential apprentices, we can tailor the programme to your business.

Course length and entry requirements

The apprenticeship is usually delivered over 30 months. However, every apprentice is different and it will depend on their previous experience.

Participants attend the University for one day a week throughout the year and have two 100-day assessed practice placements. Apprentices stay with their employer for both placements, but one must be in a different area to where they normally work. The programme adopts a blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of lectures, class-based seminars and discussions and practice placements.

The integrated end-point assessment checks that the employee meets the apprenticeship standard and is ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Eligible candidates will meet the following entry requirements

  • The usual entry requirements are GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics, English language or literature, and a science subject at grade C or grade 4, or above – plus one of the following
    • 120 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels. We accept A level General Studies
    • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, social sciences or nursing. At least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level
    • FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care completed at one of our partner colleges (Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College, Dearne Valley College, Manchester College, Stockport College and Doncaster College)
  • Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually.

Learn more

Find out more about how degree apprenticeships can have a positive impact on your business. You can also read about funding and incentives or explore other useful information, including policies and FAQs.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, email or phone 0114 225 5000 to speak to our apprenticeships team.  

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