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BA (Honours) Social Work Practice

Degree apprenticeship

Tutor with young boyEarn while you learn and train to be a registered social worker in less than 3 years, gaining valuable experience in the workplace throughout.


How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Social Worker standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is September 2021

The course normally takes 2 and a half years part-time – then you'll complete an endpoint assessment within 6 months.



1. Course summary

  • Develop skills, knowledge and experience in the dynamic social work profession.
  • Prepare for practice with work-based learning and placements in real life settings.
  • Graduate with eligibility to apply to the HCPC to practise as a social worker in the UK.

This course is suitable whether you'd like to start a new career or upskill as an existing support worker or care assistant. We have an excellent record of social work graduate employment, and as a professionally approved course, employability skills are integrated into the apprenticeship to help you develop your career afterwards.



2. How you learn

You'll explore topics to prepare you for practice – including multi-agency team meetings, specific intervention methods such as signs of safety, family group's conferencing, basic mental health first aid, motivational interviewing, report writing and courtroom skills. Through your placements and work-based learning, you'll gain real life experience of a variety of practice settings.

You learn through

  • day release and distance learning
  • work-based learning and placements
  • one-to-one personal and professional development
  • skills development sessions
  • reflective and critical written assignments
  • examinations and viva presentations
  • reflective case studies
  • production of a practice-based portfolio



3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities at our Collegiate Campus, run by our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications

The usual entry requirements include three GCSEs (or equivalent), including maths and English, at grade C, 4 or above – plus one of the following

  • 120 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (we don't accept AS levels or General Studies)
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, social sciences or nursing (with at least 15 level 3 credits 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.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 6.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

You'll also need relevant work experience

You must have some experience of delivering social care in a professional capacity – and have the approval and nomination from your current employer. To be approved and nominated you need to demonstrate your ability to

  • study academic subjects at degree level
  • debate topics and issues
  • draw on conclusions from written material
  • study independently as well as a member of a group
  • use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations


5. Modules

Level 4 • personal and professional development for social work practice • applied social work law • preparing for social work practice • social work theory ethics and values across the life course • professional social work practice for community wellbeing
Level 5 • social work assessments and interventions • evidence and decision making in social work practice • working with adults • working with children and families • social work practice placement 1
Level 6 • advancing social work practice • applied professional leadership • working with complexity in professional practice • social work practice placement 2


6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.



How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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