Social Work Degree Apprenticeship

About the course

Apprenticeship Standard:  BSc (Hons) Social Work Level 6

Final Award: BSc Hons Social Work

The BSc (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship) programme aims to prepare apprentices for a career in social work, while they combine their academic studies and employment in the professional field. This programme has been designed to equip the apprentice with a comprehensive understanding of the key theoretical and practice issues in current social work delivery. The programme will enable the apprentice to critically engage in discussions surrounding the effectiveness of interventions to promote the rights, views and wellbeing of vulnerable people, families, and communities.

Social work is a constantly evolving occupation and academic discipline which adapts to reflect the changing, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Thus, the programme seeks to develop accountable professionals that respect and value diverse perspectives in both theory and practice (locally and globally). In addition, apprentices will develop the necessary skills to promote anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practices and challenge the impact of oppression and discrimination for people that use services and their carers.

The learning opportunities for the apprenticeship involve various settings, including classrooms, online platforms, the apprentice’s workplace, practice settings, interactions with employers, and people with lived experiences of services, carers, and peers. On successful completion of this programme graduates of the BSc (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship) programme who meet Social Work England (SWE) Professional Standards, are eligible to join the SWE Register and can use the protected title of a ‘social worker’.

Why choose this course?

This programme aims to ensure graduates:

  • have the necessary skills and knowledge they need in a rapidly changing professional environment by encouraging inter-professional collaboration, lifelong learning and continuing professional development (CPD).
  • understand current social work practices, developments in service provision, and the philosophy behind changes in legislation and new organisational patterns. In addition, the degree provides an understanding of social work as a profession.
  • are equipped to think critically, research independently, as well as to apply values, knowledge, and skills in social situations and their practice, and to respond creatively to the intellectual stimulus that learning, and research provide.
  • understand the significance of inequality and discrimination for social work policy and practice and be able to reflect on their values as citizens and professionals.

What will I study?

The philosophy of the programme is grounded in a student-centred approach that recognises each apprentice has different learning styles/preferences. It emphasises the value of each learner actively engaging with the numerous learning opportunities in both the work setting and in the classroom. In doing so, the programme also recognises the importance of the past and current experiences of the apprentice. The programme teaching team aims to make the teaching relevant to the apprentice’s workplace and to allow every opportunity for the application of learning in the workplace.

Application of learning to practice is an essential, compulsory element of the programme. The apprentice is supported to apply their learning in practice placements. There are three placements equivalent to 200 days of practice learning. Year 1 is a twenty -days skills-based module delivered on campus. This continues in Year Two and has an additional ten days. Also in Year Two is a 70-day agency-based placement. Year 3 has a final 100-day placement agency placement. At least one of these placements will be in a different setting from the apprentice’s current workplace. The 70- and 100-days placement will usually be undertaken on a full-time basis (normally 37 hours a week).

The teaching team is committed to providing a challenging, research-informed and supportive learning environment. It strives to ensure graduates of the BSc (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship) are competent, compassionate, practitioners able to practice safely in a variety of multi-disciplinary social work settings with integrity, transparency, openness and are digitally agile.

Professional Accreditations

On successful completion of this programme, graduates of the BSc (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship) programme meet Social Work England (SWE) Professional Standards, are eligible to join the SWE Register and can use the protected title of a ‘social worker’.


The qualification enables the graduate to be eligible for a full range of posts across the social work setting.