Social Work

Social Work BA (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

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The Social Work Degree Apprenticeship at UCLan has been designed in partnership with social work employers, service users and carers to ensure that graduates are competent and capable of front line social work practice.

The course team support the employer to recruit and select suitable apprentices in order that they are able to meet the high demands of professional study and practice.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Earn while you study
  • Employers are responsible for course fees
  • Tutored by world-class academics with both social work practice and research experience.

Benefits to the employers

  • 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.
  • Use your levy or take advantage of subsidised fees

Read more information for employers

What does the programme lead to

Job role is Social Worker.

Sector is a wide range of social work employers including Local Authorities, charities, voluntary organisations and private businesses.

Job Roles

Graduates from the programme will be eligible to apply to join the Social Work Register and practice as a social worker.

As this is a generic award graduates may work in all social work services including but not limited to children and families, adult services, mental health, disability and offender services.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

DURATION: The course is three years in duration.

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will usually have 112 UCAS points however decisions are made on a case by case basis working with the employer to establish whether the prospective apprentice will be able to fulfil the role and academic requirements. Accreditation of prior learning and work experience is taken into account for entry requirements and appropriate year of admission.

Selection will be done in partnership with employers and all applicants are required to complete a written test and interview.

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirements are Entry Level 3, and the British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for apprentices for whom this is their primary language.

Enrolment on the course is subject to clearance through the Suitability Panel and a mandatory DBS check.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.


You can register with the government Find Apprenticeship Service to receive updates on all Degree Apprenticeships.

Course Content

Year One – Level Four

  • Preparation for Social Work Practice
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Law and Safeguarding
  • Social Justice in Practice
  • Learning from Service Users and Carers Experience and Knowledge

Year Two – Level Five

  • Social Work Practice 1: Applying Theory, Methods and Research
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • Personalisation and Citizenship: empowering adult service users
  • Social Perspectives on Mental Health and Distress

Year Three – Level Six

  • Research for Specialist Professional Practice
  • Psychosocial Studies
  • Social Work End Point Assessment

UCLan has over forty years experience in delivering social work education and training. As the largest provider of social work education in the UK, they have extensive resources to draw upon including more than 60 full time equivalent members of staff. 79% of staff are registered Social Workers and boast having experts in all aspects of social work and social care practice.

Many staff in the School of Social Work, Care and Community spend time in practice and all are required to engage in ongoing CPD to maintain currency and understanding of contemporary social work practice.

The apprenticeship programme leader is supported by a range of staff including an Outreach Educator and this structure will ensure ongoing close collaboration between the course team and the employer.


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

The social work apprenticeship includes an integrated end point assessment which will assess knowledge and skills against the apprenticeship standards for social work.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: BA (Hons)

The Funding band for the Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship is £23,000.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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