Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship

Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship

About the Course

Our social work integrated degree apprenticeship aims to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective social work practice with adults, children, carers and families in a range of different settings. Successful apprentices will be equipped to promote positive change in people’s lives, improving their wellbeing and independence. The programme includes BSc (Hons) Social Work.

Designed to be relevant, practical and challenging, to develop:

  • A curriculum which integrates academic learning and practical application throughout
  • Teaching informed by cutting-edge research and understanding and experience of ‘real world’ practice, its opportunities and constraints
  • On successful completion, eligibility to apply for professional registration as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council

Who is it for?

  • Social care/services employees who wish to develop their career opportunities by gaining a social work qualification
  • Those able to draw on their experiences to demonstrate aptitude and potential to work with people in need
  • Candidates with the appropriate personal qualities, values and skills necessary to become a social worker

How the programme is delivered

Across the three years of the course, academic teaching will usually take place on one day a week, supplemented by short block periods and additional study days. Indicative calendars are available on request.

Employer-based learning

Apprentices extend their classroom-based learning through workplace practice. With support from the employment-based Mentor and the Apprenticeship Co-ordinator, each apprentice will have opportunities to place their academic study in the context of the Behaviours, Knowledge and Skills described in the Social Worker (degree) Apprenticeship Standard.

Topics Covered

  • Skills for effective study
  • Becoming a professional
  • Foundational knowledge including law, social policy, working with diversity and human development
  • Ethics and values in practice
  • Methods and models of social work intervention
  • Inter-professional practice
  • Contemporary practice issues including domestic violence, substance misuse and poverty
  • Research skills for practice
  • Becoming a reflective and resilient practitioner

Duration of course is typically 36 months.

Qualifications include BSc (Hons) Professional Social Work Practice (integrated).

Apprentices without a minimum Level 2 English and Maths qualification at the point of entry will be supported to achieve it while on the course in order to undertake the End Point Assessment in the third year.


Why University of Bedfordshire?

  • Campuses in Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.
  • We place strong emphasis on practical and professional skills alongside high quality education and training. Many of our programmes successfully combine employment with professional studies.
  • Employers and apprentices are supported by experienced Apprenticeship Co-ordinators, through workplace visits and regular reviews.
  • TEF Silver – Proud to achieve Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Commended by the QAA for the high quality and standards of our higher education provision (QAA 2015)
  • Top 250 University under 50 years old (THE 2020)
  • 8th in the country in the University Green League (People and Planet 2019)
  • Eco Campus Platinum award (2020)
  • Continued investment in facilities for our students. Most significantly we opened a £40m STEM building at our Luton campus in 2019.
  • Our apprenticeship programmes can be configured to suit employers’ specific needs.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out about how we can help your organisation benefit from higher and degree apprenticeships call us on 0800 328 5334 or email apprenticeships@beds.ac.uk