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BA (Hons)

Social Work

Degree Apprenticeship – Level 6
3 Years
September 2023
Campus Taught

Are you passionate about making a change? Would you like to support those in need and make a difference to the most marginalised individuals in society? Study our Social Work Degree Apprenticeship.

Why study with us

  • Ranked in the top five in the North West for Graduate Prospect Outcomes. Good University Guide 2023.
  • Ranked in the top three in the North West for Research Quality. Good University Guide 2023.
  • 83% of Social Work's research is world-leading and internationally excellent. Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

With a Degree Apprenticeship you get a great qualification and a career boost. It’s the perfect opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through work-based learning, as you earn.

You’ll grow and nurture your talent through the forward-thinking businesses we collaborate with to offer a Degree Apprenticeship.

Who is this course for?

You’ll want to gain professional qualification and work as a social worker with a wide range of opportunities in sectors. This includes local authorities, charities, voluntary organisations and private businesses. You will need to be in suitable employment.

You’ll recognise the diversity of options available to you in the profession. Social work within adult services or with young people may be your aim. Or, you may want to gain your social work qualification to work in mental health, disability or offender services.

What you'll do

  • You’ll benefit from our incredible experience as the largest provider of social work education in the UK - and a wealth of staff experience and resources - 79% of our staff are registered Social Workers.
  • You'll work with world-class academics who keep up to date with the latest developments in social work practice by also continuing to spend time in practice
  • We work collaboratively with both you and your employer through our Outreach Educator and Programme Leader.

Module overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Information for employers

An apprentice is employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our campuses.  This course meets Institute for Apprenticeship Standards and your apprentice will have the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a social work role upon qualification.

Benefits to the employer

  • Enhance your workforce by developing existing employees or recruiting new staff to the position of Social Work Apprentice.
  • Improve staff retention and loyalty by providing them with professional development and a high quality Honours degree.
  • If your pay bill is over £3m, you’re required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy at 0.5% of pay bill to HMRC. The funding pays for training and assessment (not wages) by government-approved providers.

This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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