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Social Worker Apprenticeship - Level 6


The knowledge and skills developed are tailored to the needs of role you will support

Kickstart your career

Get future ready with a BA (Hons) in Social Work Practice

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State of the art skills labs and specialist facilities to ensure high training standards

Stoke-on-Trent campus, Centre of Excellence Shrewsbury, Centre of Excellence Stafford
Typical Duration of this course is 3 years.
Start date(s):

Typical start dates for this course are September and January.

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Designed for social workers, this apprenticeship will give you practical experience whilst you boost your academic proficiency with a BA (Hons) in Social Work Practice.


Who is it for?

This apprenticeship is for health and social care employees who are working in a team where they are providing front facing intervention wanting to gain a professional qualification in social work.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) in Social Work Practice

Course content

The programme will cover a broad range of topics including the following


Year 1 Modules:

  • Preparation for Social Work Practice
  • Understanding the Purpose of Social Work
  • Understanding the Impact of Social Work

Year 2 Modules: 

  • Understanding the Purpose of Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Practice Based Learning 1
  • The Impact of Theoretical Perspectives on Social Work Intervention

Year 3 Modules:

  • Research into Contemporary Themes
  • Practice Based Learning 2
  • Working with Complexity in Professional Practice

Professional accreditation

Upon completion of this apprenticeship you can register with Social Work England as a Social Worker.  

Entry requirements

.For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of: 

  • a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries 
  • a minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency grade C.

Entry onto the award pathway must comply with the University requirements for admission to undergraduate courses.  

Applicants usually require 112 UCAS points to apply for the undergraduate course but if the applicant does not hold this level of qualification consideration will be given to a level of experience within the health and social care arena.  

Applicants must also meet the following criteria: 

  • Under UK government rules, apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and must have the right to live and work in the UK. A degree apprentice cannot be self-employed. The employer must enter into an apprenticeship agreement with the student.
  • Apprentices will be expected to have GCSE Maths and English (Grade 4/C or above) or an acceptable equivalent qualification


.For levy-paying organisations the cost is paid from their digital account at a rate of £23,000.

Delivery and assessment


You will complete one day per week “off the job learning” for the duration of the course. The majority of this learning will take place at the university campus in Stoke on Trent, although some of the days will take place in alternative learning environments including the use of shadowing opportunities, internal training courses by your employer and on-line and blended learning through the university virtual learning environment.

Face-to-face sessions will focus on individual and group learning exercise through lectures, seminars and tutorials. There will be a strong emphasis on activity-focused learning and the apprentice will be expected to engage actively in all sessions.


.All modules will have a variety of assessments; these are tasks set to produce a variety of work appropriate to the module topic, which are graded and contribute to progression through the degree. The assessments include exams, report writing, group activities and presentations and a portfolio will also be compiled over the length of the course. The employer is expected to assign a work place mentor who will monitor the development of the portfolio and meet with the apprentice and assessor to discuss progress.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills


As a Social Worker you will work in partnership with adults, children, carers and families in a range of different settings to support and promote positive change in people's lives in order to improve their wellbeing and independence.

To join a higher degree apprenticeship programme, enquire with us today.