BA (Hons)

Social Work

Degree Apprenticeship – Level 6
3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught

Are you passionate about making a difference? Would you like to help people in need and make a positive impact to those who need it the most? If so, study our Social Work Degree Apprenticeship.

Why study with us

  • Joint
    in the UK for graduate prospects (on track)
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for research quality
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for career prospects
    Guardian University Guide (Social work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for research quality
    Times Good University Guide (Social Work)
  • On completion of this degree, you’ll be eligible to apply to Social Work England for registration as a social worker.
  • You’ll benefit from our experience as the largest provider of social work education in the UK - and a wealth of staff experience and resources.
  • In the latest Research Excellence Framework 83% of Social Work's research is rated world-leading and internationally excellent.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

With a Degree Apprenticeship you can achieve both a qualification and a career boost. It’s the perfect opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace as you earn a salary.

Your employer is invested in your learning, you'll be given support from both them and the university to achieve your full potential and gain a qualification in social work.

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The social work apprenticeship has provided me with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to effectively support young people to achieve the outcomes that are important to them.
Lancashire County Council’s first social work degree apprentices graduate from UCLan
Danielle Fairclough
BA (Hons) Social Work Degree Apprenticeship
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Who is this course for?

You’ll want to gain a professional qualification and work as a social worker. You may want to work in children’s services, adult services, mental health or disability services. You will want to make a difference to those in need.

You will need to be in suitable employment in order to apply for the apprenticeship and will need to have full support from your employer.

Our Social Work apprenticeship graduates celebrate their success.
Our Social Work apprenticeship graduates celebrate their success.

What you'll do

  • In addition to having a dedicated Apprenticeship Educator, you will have access to an achievement coach. You will also be able to access support from our student services team.
  • We invite a number of guest speakers, practitioners and those with lived experience to contribute to teaching and learning. You will attend bespoke skills sessions tailored to contemporary social work themes.
  • We work collaboratively with both you and your employer to ensure you make progress and achieve your full potential.


Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

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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Academic expertise

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Laura James
Senior Lecturer in Social Work
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Laura is a registered social worker who worked with children, young people and families prior to joining the university. Laura is the Course Lead for the Degree Apprenticeship in Social Work and teaches a range of modules across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with…

Cheryl Lovell
Social Work Outreach Educator
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Cheryl's role as a Social Work Outreach Educator at the University of Central Lancashire focuses on supporting learners to complete their Social Work apprenticeship by providing advice and guidance to both learners and their mentors.

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

    We offer a range of support and services to help all apprentices, but you may need a little extra assistance if you have been in Local Authority care and don’t have support from your parents. Find out more about our Care Leaver Bursary for our Degree Apprentice students.

    Find out more about Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

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 programmes meets the IFATE’s social work apprenticeship standard and Social Work England standards. Apprentices employed by you will be given many opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours 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

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page