Social Work Degree Apprenticeship

Social Work Degree Apprenticeship Level 6

Social Work programme is accredited by Social Work England. Once the course is successfully completed, you are eligible to apply to join the register as a social worker.

Following the development of the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship nationally (2016-2018), the University has developed a Social Work Apprenticeship route. Interest has been expressed by our employer partners for the development of this entry route. It has been specifically designed to provide ‘non-traditional’ students with flexible routes to professional training and employers with an opportunity to enhance their own recruitment and retention strategies by using their levy funding to offer career development and progression to members of their workforce.

The BA (Hons) Social Work Degree Apprenticeship is both an academic and
practice-led programme that combines practice learning and development throughout key modules, enabling the Apprentice to consolidate and apply new knowledge and concepts as they progress throughout the three years.

This Apprenticeship leads to the qualified status of the protected title of ‘social worker’. Apprentices will meet standards comprising specified requirements for behaviours, skills and knowledge across nine areas of work:

• Professional values and ethics
• Views of people who use services, carers, their families and communities
• Evidence-based decision-making and analysis
• Personal and professional development
• Safe professional practice and safeguarding
• Communication
• Working with others
• Recording and reporting
• Use of technology

Degree Apprentices will be employed (in a job with legal and contractually acceptable terms and conditions) for a minimum of 30 hours a week. The Apprentice will attend University for taught learning one day per week during the academic year, splitting their time between academic and work-based learning, and will be employed throughout, gaining a degree from the University while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience.

Apprentices will typically spend three years on the programme working towards the Apprenticeship standard, with the end point assessment taken in the last six months. Further development opportunities may include skills simulation, group tutorials, signposting for academic support, individual tutorials and IPE (interprofessional education/experience). Apprentices will need to experience at least two different contrasting settings during their programme- this can be linked to the placement opportunities across year 2 and 3. One of these placement settings may be in your base across the 3 years.

Modules will include:

• Introduction to Social Policy
• Law and Safeguarding
• Social Work Evidence: Theory and Methods
• Mental Health Across the Life Course
• Research and Evidence Based Social Work
• The Reflective and Accountable Practitioner
• Contemporary Social Work Practice (Adults and Children)
• Roles, Processes and Responsibilities of the Social Worker 1 and 2
• Roles and Responsibilities of the Critical Social Worker- End Point Assessment

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship, Apprentices will be awarded BA (Hons) Social Work and their Apprenticeship Certificate. You will be confirmed to be a competent and qualified social worker and will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the England’s Education and  Training Standards guidance (2021)

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration to Social Work England.


Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. As a minimum, candidates will have a GCSE grade C+ / 4 (or equivalent) in Maths and English and will typically have three A-levels at grade C or above or have completed a BTEC in a relevant subject at D*D.

Potential candidates will need to demonstrate fluency in spoken English, complete a mandatory DBS check and undertake a BKSB (Basic and Skill Builder) assessment. They must also complete a Health Disclosure form to disclose any health issues or requirements. In addition, candidates will be required to complete either a written test, discussion or group discussion (aligned to University requirements) which will further support the England’s  Education and  Training Standards guidance (2021

For employers with a payroll below £3 million:

The Government will pay 95% of the cost of the Apprenticeship training and assessment for Apprentices of any age, for employers who will not be paying the Apprenticeship Levy. Employers may also be eligible for extra incentives.

For employers with a payroll above £3 million:

Employers will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy contributions towards the cost of the Apprenticeship using their digital account. We will agree a payment schedule and discuss funding availability with each employer before starting any Apprenticeships to ensure the cost to a business is clear upfront.


Anne keeps it in the family with higher level study

Anne Draisey, 39 from South Staffordshire, intends on keeping it in the family by studying for a Social Work Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Wolverhampton.

Anne currently works as a support Care Worker with City of Wolverhampton Council who is funding her studies through the Apprenticeship Levy.  She has just started the three year, part-time course.

Find out more about Anne’s story here.