Our degree apprenticeships can be the start of your exciting new career. They enable you to study for a degree, while also gaining invaluable 'on the job' experience. Studying an apprenticeship means:
This programme combines an academic degree qualification with eligibility to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with Social Work England on successful completion of the full course.
Social Workers improve the lives of a huge range of people. You could work with people with learning difficulties, children and families, older people, people who have problems with drug and alcohol misuse, people who experience mental health problems, or disabled people.
As an apprentice, you will undertake much of your learning ‘on the job’ with the support of your employer and designated mentor. Throughout the programme, we will support you to make links between the taught content of the programme, independent study and the application of your developing knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace.
Each year of the programme starts with a block of university-based teaching, followed by attendance at University one day per fortnight, with one day of independent study in the alternating weeks. The taught sessions are generally workshop style and also include small group work, computer-based learning and presentations.
Your progress will be assessed with group projects/presentations, written assignments, portfolios of work, and exams. Throughout the degree, you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff. You will also have regular meetings with your tutor and workplace mentor to review your progress.
This module builds on the understanding of the use of research in social work gained throughout your first year. You’ll examine and discuss different research methods and their relevance to social work, as well as debate and discuss the benefits and disadvantages of different approaches in research studies you’ll be presented with. The importance of values and ethics will be emphasised and illustrated through case study examples. The assessment explores the nature of social work research in relation to a specialist topic chosen by you in consultation with your project supervisor, linking to an aspect of your practice in the workplace. You’ll be expected to engage with relevant critical literature and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of theoretical paradigms and social policy debates within social work. You’ll develop a critical understanding of the application of research to social work, the ability to interpret sometimes conflicting findings, an understanding of the validity of evidence-based research, and an awareness of how to apply messages from research to social work practice. By developing knowledge of research and the attitude of research-mindedness, you’ll acquire some of the essential attributes required by a critically informed and reflective practitioner.
This module will take a critical and analytical approach to moral philosophy. The relationship between values and ethics in social work and society will be explored and you’ll be encouraged to recognise and discuss the dilemmas which arise from different value positions. The module will give you the opportunity to develop a more in-depth understanding of some of these approaches as they apply to particular areas of social work practice. It will look at new developments in the integration of theory, policy, and practice across a broad range of social work areas and will include inputs by specialist social work practitioners. This will also include a more in-depth analysis of the origins, development, and meanings of social work values, including anti-discriminatory principles. You’ll explore current policy and legislative frameworks, including recent case-law decisions, which have a bearing upon ethical practice, and will examine ideas of citizenship and power, with particular attention to exclusion and inclusion. This will be related to practice, with an emphasis upon user and carer empowerment and influence. You’ll also example the professional identity of the social worker, considering their position as an agent of the state with responsibilities to protect, control, care and promote justice. Throughout the module, you’ll be encouraged to reflect critically on your own social work practice approach and consider the moral philosophical basis of practice decisions.
This module will enable you to look in depth, during taught sessions, at conditions within organisations that may facilitate or inhibit service development and a learning culture. You’ll use examples of serious case reviews and other similar inquiry reports to explore how we can learn from serious incidents in social work settings. You’ll explore working collaboratively with colleagues from other professions in high-risk situation, this will be enhanced by opportunities to learn with and from students on other professional courses within the University. The focus of this module is a practical piece of work. You’ll be supported to demonstrate professional leadership by undertaking a small-scale service development project within your workplace. The choice of project should be negotiated with your employer, with the support of the module tutor. The project will be assessed by means of a conference-style poster presentation.
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To apply for a place on the Social Work Apprenticeship programme, you must firstly be supported by your employer. All social work apprentices must be working in a setting where they have:
You must also have previous experience (voluntary or paid) in a social care setting. This can include placements which you have undertaken as part of a college course, but we do expect more experience than this. Experience could include volunteering during weekends, evenings, or holidays. We may also consider any personal experience you might have. You should clearly describe this experience in the personal statement section of your application and show how this relates to a career in social work.
In addition, all applicants for the programme must meet our minimum academic standards which are:
If English is not your first language, you will also need International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 in all components.
You will need to complete a University standard application form, requiring details of qualifications, employment history, personal statement and two references. One reference must be from your current employer.
In addition, all applicants must complete a Professional Suitability Self-Declaration form giving details of any previous criminal convictions or cautions, disciplinary issues and any investigations by Local Authority Children’s or Adult Services. The University completes a funding eligibility check at this stage.
Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to a selection day which includes a written test, observed group discussion and individual interview.
Larger organisations can use their apprenticeship levy and government top-up to pay tuition and professional fees of higher apprenticeships. For smaller employers, the government pays 95%, with the remainder co-invested by the business.
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This information was correct at the time of publication.
BA (Hons) Social Work (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship) is a highly practical qualification. After successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply to register as a newly qualified social worker with Social Work England.
Social work is a very broad discipline. You could work with older people, young offenders, people with mental health difficulties, refugees, foster carers, children at risk of abuse, or any other individuals at risk of harm to themselves or others. Social workers work in a variety of organisations including local authorities, NHS Trusts, residential care, schools, the voluntary and private sectors. Find out more about what a social worker does.
If you decide to move into a different field of employment in the future, you will take with you valuable and transferable skills in working as a member of team, managing risk and stress and excellent written and verbal communications skills. You will have developed your skills in critical analysis and decision making, and will have demonstrated you are resourceful and creative in problem solving.