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BA (Hons) Social Worker

Course Specs:

Entry Requirements
Please see below.


Fees for the course will be a maximum of £23,000* over three years.

Course duration

3 years

How to apply

Apply direct to an employer offering opportunities on the programme. Visit our website for details of current vacancies.

T: 0113 812 4500
*There may be flexibility over fees and start dates depending on the number of students from a single employer.

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.

Social Worker Degree Apprenticeships

Attract enthusiastic new staff and develop the potential in your current workforce through our BA (Hons) Social Work Apprenticeship. 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.

What topics does the apprenticeship cover?
  • 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
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.

Where will study take place?

The majority of teaching takes place from City Campus. Students have full access to university facilities throughout their studies.

Who will apprentices be taught by?

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.

Information for Employers

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  • 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 the Nursing and Midwifery Council 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
Plus Icon Employer Requirements

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, University and apprentice, setting out the expectations, roles and responsibility of each party involved in the apprenticeship.

  • Apprentices must be employed and paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role.
  • Employers will be responsible for the recruitment of degree apprentices. However, we can promote opportunities via our website.
  • Employers pay degree apprentices at their normal rate whilst they are studying.
  • Apprentices require a workplace mentor who will oversee their development and coordinate projects and learning with the university tutor.
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Levy paying employers with an annual payroll exceeding £3 million per annum, make a payment of 0.5% of any staff costs above this threshold into an apprenticeship levy account. These monies are then available for the organisation to spend on accredited apprenticeship programmes.

Non levy-paying employers can draw down government co-investment to cover 95% of the total cost of training, you are only required to pay 5%.

For up to date information on the apprenticeship levy payments visit:

Entry Requirements

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IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Plus Icon Selection Criteria

We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview.

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. You would normally need significant relevant social care experience and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Social Work profession. You will need to relate your experience to the contemporary setting in which Social Workers operate. You will also need to provide a reference that can comment on your relevant experience and your ability to undertake the course.

Selection criteria will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to an interview day. Interview days will involve an individual interview, assessment session and group work exercise.

Applicants will be required to bring to interview photographic ID (Passport, Driving Licence) and original certificates for all qualifications awarded to date. If you do not possess your original certificates, we recommend making arrangements to obtain copies in preparation should you be invited to a selection day.

Plus Icon Pre-entry - Additional Requirements

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. 

NB Potential applicants should seek advice from their Human Resources Departments to discuss how becoming a Social Worker Degree Apprentice may affect the terms and conditions of their employment.

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