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Degree Apprenticeship

Social Work

Upon successful completion, learners will have the knowledge, skills and values required to practise as a Social Worker in England and to be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England.

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About the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship

Gain a BSc (Hons) degree from University of Gloucestershire on this apprenticeship programme that gives learners the knowledge and expertise to become effective and compassionate practitioners.

Throughout this programme, degree apprentices are required to apply their learning in the workplace, meaning they are developing their skills in a real-world context.

The programme makes use of technology to enable online delivery supported by direct contact with academic staff. The integration of theory to practice underpins the programme, allowing learners to reflect on how the knowledge gained influences their own practice.

A range of tools are utilised in order to engage learners, such as lectures, facilitated discussions, group work, case studies/scenarios, flipped learning and the use of multimedia/online resources.

Simulation activities are used in order to help learners reflect on their approaches to situations and be prepared for times when circumstances may become challenging – in a place of safety, apprentices are able to trial strategies for future use.

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What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.


A brand-new campus

Teaching for this apprenticeship will take place at UoG’s new campus in Gloucester city centre from September 2025.

The vibrant campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships, through placements, research and outreach activity, and provide cutting-edge facilities for your course.

Our new campus is partly funded by Gloucester’s successful £20million ‘Levelling Up’ bid, the building is being refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and will include state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for all our learners.

We have also secured a landmark £29million in funding from Barclays linked to our commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals: to recruit a higher proportion of UK-domiciled young BAME students; widen access, engagement and participation for students from deprived areas; and to reduce gas and electricity CO2 emissions as part of its commitment to Net Zero by 2030.  

As part of its decarbonisation drive, the University has also secured £3.3million funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of its Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, delivered by Salix. The scheme aims to put the public sector at the forefront of decarbonising buildings in the UK.  

As well as training the region’s future social workers and teachers, it is estimated that over its lifetime, the campus will add over £300million of direct and indirect value to the county’s economy, as well as more than 4,000 jobs. 

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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

View our apprenticeships FAQ guide and discover answers to the most commonly asked questions about higher and degree apprenticeships.

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