applications for september 2021 are now closed.
Maximum of £23,000 over three years.
Based on our highly successful BA (Hons) Social Work degree, our social work degree apprenticeship offers levy and non-levy paying organisations flexible pathways for your staff to achieve the requirements to qualify and register as a social worker. BA(Hons) Social Work is approved by Social Work England, successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with Social Work England to practise as a social worker in England.
Apprentices are in full time employment whilst studying for the three year degree so they are able to very quickly utilise their newly acquired knowledge and skills within the workplace for the benefit of service users. Apprentices will be part of a diverse cohort, being taught alongside our BA students and apprentices from other organisations.
Modules can be delivered on set days throughout the year, with the remainder of the apprentice’s time spent putting their skills and knowledge into practice either in their employment area or 170 days of placement. We are part of a Teaching Partnership with Leeds City Council, Wakefield Council’s Adults and Children’s Services and University of Leeds, ensuring that students access high quality statutory placements during the course of study.
Everything you need to know
- Personal and Professional Development
- Social Work and the Life Course
- Understanding Social Work
- Understanding Law in Social Work
- Working with Diversity
- Contemporary Challenges for Social Work Practice
- Social Work with Adults
- Social Work with Children and Young People
- Models of Intervention
- Social Work Law for Qualifying Practice
- Social Work in the Global Context
- Critical Thinking for Social Work
120 UCAS points or equivalent.
GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C (Grade 4) or above or an equivalent qualification.
A DBS check will also be required.
How does the Degree Apprenticeship work?
The course is expected to take three years to complete and includes a variety of practice experiences and assessments combined with academic studies designed to complement and underpin the apprentice’s practical learning. Learners are encourage to critically reflect upon their developing practice and relate this to professional, legal and ethical frameworks.
We understand that apprentices will have individual talents and interests. We are very experienced in providing high levels of personalised student support and guidance that will address their individual learning needs and enable them to meet their full potential. All social work apprentices will have an Academic Advisor/Personal Tutor who supports them throughout the course, providing an opportunity to discuss academic progress and assessment feedback throughout the course.
The majority of teaching takes place from City Campus. Students have full access to university facilities throughout their studies.
Social work degree apprentices are taught by qualified social workers with teaching and research expertise, as well as experience of working with diverse groups. Our enthusiastic, friendly and approachable team are committed to providing students with a supportive learning environment.
How to Apply
Please note applications are submitted through the relevant employer, not directly from applicants.
Before starting an apprenticeship, applicants will be required to sign a “Commitment Statement” which details key information regarding the apprenticeship such as learning requirements, responsibilities of the apprentice, employer and university, assessments, delivery schedule, etc, some of which are detailed below. Further information on this, and general apprentice admissions requirements, may be sought from the Apprenticeships Team:
Tel: 0113 812 4500
Information for Employers
- Meet the unique needs of your organisation with degree apprentices learning while they work. This enables them to develop the knowledge and professional competencies required by Social Work England while mastering the specialist knowledge needed to deliver high quality care in your workplace.
- Develop your existing staff by allowing them to undertake a Degree Apprenticeship or enabling them to work with a Degree Apprentice in the workforce, through mentoring opportunities and more.
- Attract new talent to your organisation.
- Improve staff retention by offering a clear and structured career progression to valued support staff.
- Maximise use of the apprenticeship levy.
- Every apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement. This is a contract of service between the apprentice and the employer, confirming the apprenticeship and the standard being undertaken. This will be supplemented by a ‘Statement of Commitment’ signed by the employer, provider, and apprentice, setting out the expectations, roles and responsibility of each party involved in the apprenticeship
- The apprentice must be already employed or specifically offered a position associated with the apprenticeship opportunity. In this case the employer will be responsible for the recruitment of Degree Apprentices. However, we can work with you to promote your opportunities via our website
- The employer pays Degree Apprentices at their normal rate whilst they are studying. Apprentices must be paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role
- Apprentices require a mentor in the workplace who will oversee their learning and coordinate with the university
- Apprentices spend a minimum of 20% of their working hours completing study for the course
Organisations with a wage bill in excess of £3 million can fund the course fees using their Apprenticeship Levy.
If you are a non-levy paying organisation the government will co-fund your apprenticeship training by contributing 95% of the costs and you will pay the remaining 5% of costs.
Applications for Apprenticeship Courses starting in September 2021
Please note: We will be closing the application window for courses on the 31 July 2021. Please make sure all applications are received by this deadline as we cannot guarantee a place on one of our apprenticeships after this date.
If you are an employer who is undertaking a recruitment process and will not have a person in post by the deadline, please contact the apprenticeship team to discuss further.
If you are an applicant that will be waiting for your exam results please also contact the apprenticeship team and we can advise on steps you need to take.