Degree Apprenticeship Undergraduate: BA (Hons) Social Worker Social Worker


Unlock the door to a rewarding career working with vulnerable adults and children with our Social Work England approved Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honours degree in social work while you work, with no tuition fees.

Course highlights

  • Provides you with the relevant skills and knowledge to practice as a social worker
  • Study while you work, with no tuition fees
  • Work-based approach allows you to deliver impact in the workplace as you learn

This apprenticeship will develop the key skills, knowledge, and confidence to allow you to launch a fulfilling career practicing as a social worker. Ideal if you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable adults and children.

We offer our course in Cambridge and Peterborough (September start); or Chelmsford (January start).

Key facts

An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.

At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore are not part of your usual work duties.

The off-the-job learning will be set out in a block plan that details when you will attend full days of university teaching, the dates you will be assessed or need to submit an assignment, and the weeks you will be putting your new learning into practice in your usual work setting, or in alternative settings, to meet the requirements of Social Work England.

The off-the-job learning for our Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship is delivered from our Cambridge/Peterborough (September) or Chelmsford (January) campuses, subject to viability.


You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.

You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.

The EPA for this apprenticeship is integrated into the final on-programme assessments. Therefore, on successful completion of your degree, you will also complete the apprenticeship and be ready to apply for registration with Social Work England.


Approved by Social Work England

This course has been approved against Social Work England’s education and training standards. This means that when you successfully complete the course, you meet their professional standards and can apply to register with them. All social workers who want to work in England must be registered.


The apprenticeship will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to practice as a social worker. You will be skilled in case management and able to work safely within the law.

The social work profession offers a wide range of job opportunities and increasingly involves working with colleagues from other disciplines. Services our graduates work in include adoption, fostering, child protection, adult safeguarding, and youth offenders. Places of work could be county or city councils, family centres, learning disability charities, YMCA and many more.

Entry requirements

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course. You are required to provide evidence of these requirements on submission of your application to be invited to interview.

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract exceeding 30 hours per week
  • Employer support to undertake this course
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Initial Needs Assessment Form
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, Functional Skills, or ESFA-approved equivalents*
  • Evidence of Level 3 study in a related subject e.g. A Levels, BTEC, NVQ**

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How to apply

To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.

For employers

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.


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