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Level 6 Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Practitioner / Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): January 2023
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This apprenticeship is an alternative route to qualify as a social worker with a mixture of on and off-the-job training. You will study core modules one day per week (apart from the first fortnight, which is two days per week) and be able to put theory into practice through work-based projects.

The apprenticeship is designed to support employers in developing and retaining current staff as well as attracting new talent. Apprentices will study alongside their work and will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice immediately, which will in turn positively benefit the organisation and service users.

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship (including the End-Point Assessment) apprentices will be able to apply to the register as a Social Worker through the professional regulator Social Work England (SWE).

We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).

What you’ll study

This apprenticeship is an alternative route to qualify as a social worker with a mixture of on and off-the-job training.

  • Social Policy and Law
  • Preparation for Professional Social Work and Academic Practice
  • Social Work Theories and Models
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Diversity in Social Work
  • Safeguarding Children and Adults
  • Assessed Work Place Learning (One)
  • Assessed Work Place Learning (Two)
  • Delivering Professional Social Work Practice

How you’re taught

The apprenticeship has been designed into ten modules over a 36-month period. Apprentices will follow a one - two day release pattern which will consist of:

  • Face-to-face teaching on campus
  • Independent study
  • E-Portfolio
  • Blending learning activities
  • Work-based projects
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars.

Contact hours

Year One: 38 days

Year Two: 24 days (80 days assessed work place learning)

Year Three: Seven days (90 days assessed work place learning)

Case Studies

Chantelle Gibbons

Chantelle Gibbons, 31, wanted to pursue a career in social work for a long time but financial constraints and family commitments were a barrier to her pursuing her aspirations. Chantelle mentions how the apprenticeship has massively increased her confidence in her role and has enabled her to take on more complex cases thanks to what she’s learned in her apprenticeship. Read more to hear about Chantelle’s thoughts and experiences on the Level 6 Social Work Apprenticeship.

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Joanne Gosling

Joanne Gosling is an apprentice on the Level 6 Social Work apprenticeship and works for Derby City Council in her full-time job. Joanne is a committed student who is grateful for the apprenticeship route because she mentions how being a Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) user has been a barrier to higher education and pursuing high skilled work for her. Read more to hear about how Joanne’s thoughts and experiences on her apprenticeship at NTU.

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How you’re assessed

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Case-study analysis
  • Reflective analysis and logs
  • Self-assessment
  • Presentations (individual and groups)
  • Examinations
  • Academic poster
  • End-Point Assessment

End-Point Assessment

The End-Point Assessment consists of four distinct assessment method groups within two strands:

Strand 1: Case study

Assessment consists of:

  • Written Critical Case Study
  • Executive Presentation

Strand 2: Scenario Exercise

Assessment consists of:

  • Initial analysis, a response to two further written data / questions, a case record
  • Assessment discussion

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold:

  • GCSE English and Maths Grade 4 / C or equivalent, or
  • have been assessed at English and Maths level 1 or 2 and be prepared to achieve Level 2 Maths and English functional skills in order to undertake the EPA.
  • To be eligible for enrolment, you must be in paid employment and have a job role (or roles) within an organisation that provides the opportunity for you to gain the required knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the relevant Apprenticeship Standard.
  • All apprentices must be employed in the social work / care sector.

Selection will be undertaken in partnership with employers and all applicants are required to complete a written test and interview.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

Fees and funding

Your employer will be able to access government funding which will cover the costs of your course fees.  Your employer will discuss with you regarding any extra charges such as accommodation and travel expenses prior to you signing up to the apprenticeship so that you are aware of any additional costs you may incur before you accept your apprenticeship.

For more information visit our apprenticeship information pages.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

How to apply

For more information on how to apply please visit our apprenticeship pages or email us.

Applications for January 2022 entry close on 3rd December 2021.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.