Approved by Social Work England
Unlock the door to a rewarding career working with vulnerable adults and children with our Social Work England approved Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honours degree in social work while you work, with no tuition fees.
This apprenticeship will develop the key skills, knowledge, and confidence to allow you to launch a fulfilling career practicing as a social worker. Ideal if you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable adults and children.
Our programme will support the development of your social work skills across a wide range of settings and equip you to work with professionals from other organisations, such as the police, healthcare organisations, schools and probation services.
As an apprentice you will study alongside work, putting your learning into practice immediately for the positive benefit of service users. Practice Learning is integral to the programme, achieved by the academic and practice components running in parallel to each other, enhanced by the involvement of practitioners, service users and employers.
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore are not part of your usual work duties.
The off-the-job learning will be set out in a block plan that details when you will attend full days of university teaching, the dates you will be assessed or need to submit an assignment, and the weeks you will be putting your new learning into practice in your usual work setting, or in alternative settings, to meet the requirements of Social Work England.
The off-the-job learning for our Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship is delivered from our Cambridge/Peterborough (September) or Chelmsford (January) campuses, subject to viability.
You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.
You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.
The EPA for this apprenticeship is integrated into the final on-programme assessments. Therefore, on successful completion of your degree, you will also complete the apprenticeship and be ready to apply for registration with Social Work England.
This course has been approved against Social Work England’s education and training standards. This means that when you successfully complete the course, you meet their professional standards and can apply to register with them. All social workers who want to work in England must be registered.
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The apprenticeship will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to practice as a social worker. You will be skilled in case management and able to work safely within the law.
The social work profession offers a wide range of job opportunities and increasingly involves working with colleagues from other disciplines. Services our graduates work in include adoption, fostering, child protection, adult safeguarding, and youth offenders. Places of work could be county or city councils, family centres, learning disability charities, YMCA and many more.
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course. You are required to provide evidence of these requirements on submission of your application to be invited to interview.
* If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the start of the course. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
** We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, are well-supported by your employer, and demonstrate the ability to manage university-level study. This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications which are mandatory.
You must supply these before you can be registered on the course:
Degree Apprenticeships are delivered via a blend of face-to-face campus teaching, work-based learning and online teaching supported by our established online learning systems to provide additional support for individual study and engagement. The mix of this blended approach varies between apprenticeships; please get in touch for further details. In the event that there are restrictions put into place due to the pandemic by the Government, we will endeavour to retain face-to-face teaching as much as possible but will respond accordingly to the restrictions placed on the University.
To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.