Apprenticeship Courses

Social Work Degree Apprenticeship

Level 6

The University of Wolverhampton has a long established history of delivering Social Work validated Social Work programmes at pre and post registration, undergraduate and postgraduate level. Following the development of the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship nationally (2016-2018), the University has developed a Social Work Apprenticeship route. Interest has been expressed by our employer partners for the development of this entry route. It has been specifically designed to provide ‘non-traditional’ students with flexible routes to professional training and employers with an opportunity to enhance their own recruitment and retention strategies by using their levy funding to offer career development and progression to members of their workforce.

The BA (Hons) Social Work Degree Apprenticeship is both an academic and practice-led programme that combines practice learning and development throughout key modules, enabling the apprentice to consolidate and apply new knowledge and concepts as they progress throughout the three years.

Successful completion of the apprenticeship programme means that applicants are eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on the register with Social Work England (SWE).  During the apprenticeship, apprentices will work towards meeting the standards comprising specified requirements for behaviours, skills and knowledge across nine areas of work:

  • Professional values and ethics

  • Views of people who use services, carers, their families and communities

  • Evidence-based decision-making and analysis

  • Personal and professional development

  • Safe professional practice and safeguarding

  • Communication

  • Working with others

  • Recording and reporting

  • Use of technology

This course will also prepare you for your next stage, once qualified in the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

Job Roles/

Following succesful completion of the Social Work Apprenticeship route will enable you to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with Social Work England (SWE). Qualified Social Workers can work within statutory, private/independent and voluntary sector organisations. The generic nature of the course means that, on qualification, you can choose your preferred area of practice and, as a qualifying degree, it is recognised nationally. One of the benefits of a career in social work is the range of opportunities available. Whether you choose a career working with children and families, with older adults, people with learning or physical disabilities or in mental health services you will find a range of career paths available.


Degree Apprentices will be employed (in a job with legal and contractually acceptable terms and conditions) for a minimum of 30 hours a week. The apprentice will attend University for taught learning one day per week during the academic year, splitting their time between academic and work-based learning, and will be employed throughout, gaining a degree from the University while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience.

How it works

Apprentices will typically spend three years on the programme working towards the Apprenticeship Social Worker Standard Social worker (integrated degree) / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, with the end point assessment taken in the last six months. Further development opportunities may include skills simulation, group tutorials, signposting for academic support, individual tutorials and  Interprofessional Education/Experience (IPE).

Apprentices and their line manager will be supported by a skills coach. The skills coach will meet with the apprentice, practice educator and line manager four times per year, to support and monitor progress towards meeting the apprenticeship standard.

Apprentices will need to have placements equal to at least 200 days (including up to 30 skills days) gaining different experiences and learning in practice settings. These settings must be contrasting and in a different setting to the normal employed work base.  Each apprentice will have placements in at least two practice settings providing contrasting experiences and a minimum of one placement taking place within a statutory setting, providing experience of sufficient numbers of statutory social work tasks involving high risk decision making and legal interventions.


On successful completion of this Apprenticeship, apprentices will be awarded BA (Hons) Social Work and their Apprenticeship Certificate. At the end of the course, once all modules, placement hours and end point assessment have been passed and completed you will be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on the register via Social Work England (SWE). The apprenticeship standard has been mapped to the Social Work England Education and Training Standards, the Professional Capability Framework, Social Work England Professional Standards and the Knowledge Skills Statement (KSS).

Fees and funding

For employers with a payroll below £3 million: The Government will pay 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices of any age, for employers who will not be paying the apprenticeship levy. You may also be eligible for extra employer incentives.

For employers with a payroll above £3 million: Since May 2017 employers are able to use their Apprenticeship Levy contributions towards the cost of the apprenticeship using their digital account. We will agree a payment schedule and discuss funding availability before you start your apprenticeships and ensure the cost to your business is clear upfront.

Entry Requirements

Employers will be supported by the university in conducting tripartite interviews to ensure candidates who are successful during the selection process have the potential to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to meet the professional standards; can demonstrate a good command of English; have the capacity to meet the academic standards.

As a minimum, candidates will have a GCSE grade C+ / 4 (or equivalent) in Maths and English and will typically have three A-levels at grade C or above or have completed a BTEC in a relevant subject at D*D (or equivalent).

Applicants must complete a mandatory enhanced DBS check and undertake a BKSB (Basic and Key Skills Builder) assessment which will assess basic maths and English skills at entry level. Candidates must also complete an Occupational Health Assessment Confirmation form to disclose any health issues or requirements. In addition, candidates will be required to complete either a written test, discussion or group discussion (aligned to University requirements) which will further support the assessment of each candidate’s suitability to meet the academic requirements of the course.