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Social Worker Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

What is Social Worker Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)?

This integrated degree apprenticeship incorporates academic and workplace learning with an End Point Assessment (EPA) designed to test the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been detailed within the apprenticeship standards.

The programme structure, content and curriculum design has been developed in partnership with employers thereby ensuring that the apprenticeship meets both the requirements for the employer, the university and the apprenticeship standards. All apprentices will have experienced learning in at least two contrasting settings, one of which must carry out statutory activities.


Integrating theory to practice is key to this professional apprenticeship and you will be challenged to think about and reflect on your practice and bring your learning into the workplace.

  • You’ll develop your ability  to consistently exercise professional autonomy and initiative in professional decision making and the context in which these decisions are being made.
  • You’ll develop the ability to critically reflect on performance, take responsibility for modifying future practice in light of new insights gained and applying knowledge values and skills.
  • You’ll examine people and relationships, attachment and separation-loss theories, as well as human development from childhood to old age.
  • You’ll also explore social oppression and advocacy, developing skills in anti-oppressive practice to ensure you get the best results for those you work with.

The course is taught by experienced social workers in a highly supportive environment, their experience spanning the range of social work specialities: children, families and young people; adults; conflict in communities; mental health and social work law. The research interests of the team include the use of virtual reality and simulations in social work education, working with older people, young carers and the changing landscape of social work education. The lecturers bring practice experience and real life situations to the class room.

Every apprenticeship will be allocated a mentor within the work place and an academic link tutor. Your progress and learning will be supported and reviewed through learner progress reviews which will take place every 6-8 weeks in a formal meeting style either in the workplace or at the university.

Study style

As an apprentice you must be working a minimum of 30 hours a week with your employer allowing 20% of your time committed to your study and personal development. The programme is delivered through a blended learning approach. With a mixture of sessions delivered on line and face to face. You will be expected to access the course content online and work through the various sessions and topics that the lecturer has set. The online content will be delivered through our Virtual Learning platform Moodle and will include a mixture of learning activities to help you keep on track. Every month there will be a day spent reviewing what you have learnt and how it as informed for practice.

In addition each level will have a specific focus allowing you to develop in your role and understanding of professional practice. Each year of study builds on previous modules and levels allowing you to learn and develop within the programme. Within the programme you’ll explore the role of the Social Worker in a variety of settings with a focus on how the profession works through relationship based practice to improve the outcomes of those individuals who access services.

The programme will typically take 36 months to complete with the last 6 months spent in preparation for the End Point Assessment (EPA).

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Entry requirements

    • All apprentices must be working a minimum of 30 hours within a relevant setting for example Adult Social Care.

      The entry requirements for the programme are a Level 3 qualification or equivalent.

      All applicants will be interviewed within their workplace by a panel including their employer and a member of the academic team.

    • You will need to hold GCSE or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics C grade or above (grades 4-9), or an equivalent numeracy and literacy qualification.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS check.

Course modules


Fees and costs

Please contact the business team to discuss fees for this course. when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Industry links

The apprenticeship is approved by Social Work England. Once you’ve successfully completed the apprenticeship you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Social Worker with Social Work England. The programme is approved by Social Work England who as the regulatory body ensures that the programme continues to meet the standard required for Social Work education in England.

The structure of the learning and development within the programme will be aligned to the knowledge, skills and behaviours identified within the standard, the subject benchmark statements for Social Work 2019 and the Training and Education Standards as set out by Social Work England.

Work and study simultaneously

The apprenticeship allows you to work and study at the same time to develop your knowledge and skills in Social Work practice and integrate it into the work place.

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Approved by Social Work England

The programme has been developed in partnership with employers and is driven by the Degree Apprenticeship Standard for Social Work, and the Professional Capability Framework.

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