Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship

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Level: Bachelor's degree apprenticeship (Level 6)

Course duration: 36 months

Available start dates: September 2022

Mode of delivery: Weekly day-release on campus with some online study

 Announcement 2022 entry for all apprenticeship standards will go ahead unless government restrictions and social distancing requirements around Covid-19 make the delivery of the programme unfeasible. Detailed information on programme changes would be sent to pre-enrolled students and their employers prior to confirming their place on the apprenticeship.


The Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship offers employers the opportunity to support new and existing social care staff who wish to become registered social workers. It explores the delivery of excellent social care in the context of society, ethics, law and the community, and encourages resilience, problem-solving and collaboration across disciplines. 

On completion, successful graduates will gain a bachelor’s degree (BA Hons) in Social Work and will be eligible to register as a Social Worker through Social Work England.

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Who is it for?

The programme is suitable for private and public sector organisations looking to upskill and reward employees who wish to become registered social workers.

Entry requirements, application process and costs

  • The cost for the Apprenticeship for 2022 entry: £23,000 (funded from the monthly employer levy)
  • Level 3 qualification in a related subject (e.g. 3 A-Levels, an IB Diploma, or BTEC Diploma). We would typically look for candidates to achieve 112 UCAS tariff points
  • English and Maths Level 2, equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4
  • British Council IELTS: overall score of level 6.5 or above
  • All apprentices must be employed in the social work / care sector.
  • Employers should contact the University Apprenticeship team. We’ll carry out an initial assessment to ensure the apprenticeship is suitable for the candidates and meets employer’s requirements. A contract and commitment statement will be agreed prior to signing up apprentice.

English & Maths Level 2 are discretionary for entry if not already held; however, both must be completed by gateway of the End Point Assessment.

Learning outcomes

  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • Eligibility to register as a Social Worker with Social Work England
  • Development of the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to become a competent, resourceful and confident social worker

Modules and teaching overview

The course runs for 36 months. Apprentices study the equivalent of one day a week in ‘off the job’ training through day-release attendance on campus. Progress in the workplace will be monitored through regular contact between the employer, apprentice and tutors.

Apprentices complete:

  • BA (Hons) in Social Work
  • An End Point Assessment.

Study modules

Year 1

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Law
  • Social Policy
  • Skills Development and Professional Communication
  • Evidence in Professional Practice
  • Safeguarding People at Risk

Year 2

  • Social Work with Adults
  • Social Work with Children and Young People
  • Mental Health for Social Workers
  • Support to Social Work Practice
  • Working with Teams, Groups and Communities
  • Social Work Practice 1
  • Research Methods and Analysis

Year 3

  • Social Work Practice 2
  • Practice Learning Interventions
  • Professional Consolidation
  • Decision Making and Social Well-Being
  • An End Point Assessment

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment must demonstrate the apprentice has the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of a social worker. It consists of four distinct assessment methods grouped within two strands:

  • Strand 1: Case study which includes a written critical case study and presentation
  • Strand 2: A scenario exercise which comprises an initial analysis, responses to additional data supplied, a written case record and an assessment discussion.

The Oxford Brookes experience

  • Our Social Work Programmes are sector leading achieving overall student satisfaction 100% in the National Student Survey (2019).
  • Our Health and Life Sciences Faculty has a long standing reputation for the quality of our teaching and research, and for providing a warm and supportive environment in which to learn.
  • The programme team are all registered professionals who all hold over 130 years' of combined social care and teaching experience in their field.
  • The apprenticeship programme fully integrates the teaching, learning and support the University offers with the mentoring and training offered within the workplace.
  • The programme team are all registered professionals who all hold over 10 years' healthcare and teaching experience in their field.
  • Our graduates are highly sought after and have gone on to work in a wide variety of social care settings including the NHS, Social Services and the private and independent sector.