Higher Apprenticeship Undergraduate: CertHE Working with Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Working with Children, Young People and Families Practitioner (Community)


Improve your knowledge, skills and confidence to enhance your day-to-day practice with our Working with Children, Young People and Families (Community) Higher Apprenticeship. Study for a Certificate of Higher Education while you work, with no tuition fees.

Course highlights

  • Build a platform for further personal and career development
  • Study while you work, with no tuition fees
  • Work-based approach allows you to deliver impact in the workplace as you learn

Our Working with Children, Young People and Families (Community) Higher Apprenticeship prepares you to work in the numerous settings that combine education and social care. Ideal if you have a passion for making a difference, want to improve your practice and have a stepping-stone for future career development.

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Key facts

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 delivered through online university-led learning sessions and activities, one-day workshops, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.

The off-the-job learning for our Working with Children, Young People and Families Practitioner (Community) Higher Apprenticeship is delivered on one of our campus locations in Cambridge or Chelmsford.


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 independently assessed and takes place when all on-programme assessments have been successfully passed. You must pass the EPA before you can commence another apprenticeship.

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Upon completion of the Cert HE, and subject to your employer agreeing to support you, you will have the option to apply to study our BA (Hons) Social Work, BA (Hons) Working with Children, Families and Communities, or join the Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

In addition to the personal specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract exceeding 30 hours per week
  • Employer support to undertake this course
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Initial Needs Assessment Form
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, Functional Skills, or ESFA-approved equivalents*
  • Evidence of Level 3 study in a related subject e.g. A Levels, BTEC, NVQ**

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How to apply

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.

For employers

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.


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