The new Social Work Apprenticeship will offer a route into frontline social work practice which allows you to earn a degree without taking time out to study. As an apprentice, you will be immersed in day-to-day social work practice, but you’ll also spend about 20% of your time in training.


Three Yorkshire & the Humber authorities were involved in the development process, and social work teams across the region are considering how to incorporate the social work apprenticeship into their range of routes into the profession. There are still some details to be finalised, so this page will be updated as soon as further information becomes available. In the meantime, check out the FAQs below to get an idea of what to expect:


What is an Integrated Degree Apprenticeship?

Degree Apprenticeships combine the practical learning of an apprenticeship with a built-in university degree qualification. As an apprentice you will be employed in a social work role, with time built in for your academic studies.


Do I need to pay for tuition?

No! This is one of the main advantages of this route into social work. You will not have to pay tuition like you would if you were studying a normal degree course, and you will be paid for the work you do during the apprenticeship.


What qualifications do I need?

English and Maths Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) are required. Other entry criteria may vary depending on the employer and university – many of these are still being worked out, and we’ll add more info on what to expect as it becomes available.


Are there any other entry requirements?

Much like any other educational programme, you will need to demonstrate the maturity and time management skills to balance working full-time with your studies. It’s a good idea to get some form of work experience (such as voluntary experience) to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment to the field, as well as to get some practice in beforehand. The Institute for Apprenticeships has some more information on what’s expected of social workers and social work apprenticeships if you’re considering this route into the profession.


How do I find out if there are places available near me?

At the moment, availability is likely to vary between different local authorities. Many authorities are currently only offering apprenticeships to people already working in their Children’s Services. If you’re having trouble finding an apprenticeship place, it might be worth looking into other routes into the profession, such as university courses or fast-track degree programmes.


What is an End Point Assessment (EPA)?

The EPA is the final assessment for the apprenticeship, taking place in the last six months of the programme. It is conducted by an external assessor, and forms the last 60 credits needed to pass the degree. There are two parts to the assessment: a written critical case study and presentation, and a practical scenario exercise. A detailed summary of the assessment structure for the programme is available on the Institute for Apprenticeships site.


Can I start practicing social work straight after finishing the apprenticeship?

Once you’ve completed your social work apprenticeship, you will also need to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register. You’ll need to fill out an application to confirm your identity and prove that you meet the standards of proficiency for social workers in England. Once your application has been accepted, you’ll be ready to practice.


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