BA (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship)

Our HCPC-approved BA (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship) allows you to invest in your workforce by combining university education, work-based learning and ongoing professional development. While working as a valuable member of your team, your apprentices can develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to support people in complex and challenging situations and bring about positive changes for individuals, families and communities.

This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by August 2019 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BA (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship)

Course details

Our HCPC-approved BA (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship) is designed to support the development of confident, highly competent, compassionate and professional social workers who perfectly match the needs of your organisation. You can offer structured on-the-job training and a nationally recognised qualification in social work, helping you attract the best new talent and retain valued staff through career progression. Studying flexibly alongside work will allow your apprentices to put their new skills and understanding into practice immediately, benefitting your organisation and the communities you serve without delay.

This programme has been fully mapped to the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship standard (ST0510) and studies at the University will complement learning in your workplace. We’ll work with you to devise individual learning agreements for each of your apprentices, ensuring they fulfil the criteria of the apprenticeship, as well as develop additional skills and knowledge valuable for your organisation.

We’ll focus on preparing your apprentices to maintain professional and ethical standards while supporting positive change in people's lives in order to improve their wellbeing and independence. Our passionate and knowledgeable staff will support them to develop the sound knowledge of social work theory, models, legislation, policy, ethics and interventions that will underpin their professional decision-making. On successful completion of this qualification, your apprentices will be able to use their professional expertise to work, assess, plan, implement, evaluate and intervene, putting the needs of your clients first and ensuring their voice is central to decision making.

If you’re looking for undergraduate-level training in this subject area but don’t work for an employer who is offering apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don’t require current employment.

  • UCAS points: 120
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • The University of Bolton’s BA (Hons) Social Work is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On successful completion of this programme, your apprentices will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Social Worker.
  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will receive a Degree Apprenticeship Certificate, and be awarded an academic degree – the BA (Hons) Social Work from the University of Bolton.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our professional expert academic tutors who come from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds, including social work and a number of allied health and social care professions.
  • We’ll guide your apprentices as they gain key skills, values and behaviours including professional curiosity, inter-personal and communication skills, initiative, leadership, research and critical reflection, partnership working, self-care and resilience, record keeping, and workload management.
  • During the final stage of the course, your apprentice will undertake a substantial work-based research project, the nature of which will be identified and developed through consultation between your organisation and the University. As well as offering your apprentice valuable experience, this live project can offer you genuine insight into potential opportunities or improvements that can benefit your organisation.

Key features:

  • We offer 30 skills development days that focus on helping your apprentices learn specific skills, such as interviewing families, communicating with children, family group conferencing, solution-focused approaches, ‘clarifying, probing and challenging’, resilience for practitioners, case recording and giving evidence in court.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing your apprentices to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with your apprentices on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • Throughout the course, specialists in the field of social work, other key allied health and social care practitioners, senior managers and policy makers will be invited to join us as guest speakers. Apprentices can also expect to meet service users and carers who have direct experience of services and who can offer their unique and valuable perspectives on the role of social workers in the community.
  • Social work can be very demanding and carries a lot of responsibility so we’ll support your apprentices to learn strategies and techniques that can help them to build their professional and emotional resilience and successfully manage the situations they face.
  • Quarterly and annual reviews, where each apprentice, their workplace mentor and a member of our team meet to assess your apprentice’s progress, promote continuing conversation between your workplace and the University. This helps to ensure the success of your apprentices and maximise the value of their studies to your organisation.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 120
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • Duration: 3 years

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.

Applicants should also have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics. Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy are accepted as equivalent to GCSEs.

While applicants do not need to have prior experience, experience of working in a helping capacity would be an advantage.

For guidance regarding acceptable alternative qualifications, please contact admissions@bolton.ac.uk. Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

We are happy to consider alternative qualifications and relevant work experience. The Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) route may be used for entry. Please contact the programme leader for details.

Potential applicants should seek advice from their Human Resources Department to discuss if and how becoming a Social Worker Degree Apprentice may affect the terms and conditions of their employment.

Applicants will also need to demonstrate basic IT skills including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a joint interview conducted by the University and the employer.

We offer places to applicants whose qualifications, experience, references and quality of application (including the personal statement) persuade us of their excellence.

Applicants that are successful at the interview stage will be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Applicants will be required to satisfactorily pass occupational health screening.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are of good health and good character prior to enrolment and on an on-going basis throughout their studies and career. They will be required to complete a confidential self-declaration form outlining any medical or health conditions that may affect their ability to undertake academic or social work practice tasks.

This course involves regulated activity so applicants must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting their studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. Please note that the DBS must have been completed within three years of the course start date. Find out more

Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) They are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a role relevant to the apprenticeship. 2) They have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Their employer is participating in the Degree Apprenticeship scheme. 4) Their employer is willing to sponsor them to attend the University (times and dates to be determined). Please note that an apprentice cannot be self-employed.

If an applicant doesn’t possess GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9, or hold an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, they will be asked to complete initial assessments for English and mathematics. The results of these assessments will determine whether they are accepted on to the apprenticeship with their current qualifications, or a recommendation of delayed entry is made so they can undertake studies enabling them to achieve the required level of English and mathematics prior to commencing the apprenticeship.

If English isn’t the applicant's first language they will also need IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

To be eligible for tuition fee funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates should not normally have already completed a qualification at the same level as the proposed apprenticeship, unless that qualification was gained in a completely unrelated discipline.

Career opportunities

The BA (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship) is designed to meet the Integrated Degree Apprenticeship Standard for Social Workers (ST0510). Developed by employers, the standard underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway that educates social workers to provide help and support directly to individuals, couples, families and groups, and support people who face a range of challenges such as poverty, mental health issues, addiction and family problems. Social workers may provide one-to-one support such as therapy and counselling, or connect people with resources in their community to help them to overcome their problems.

Employers can expect graduate apprentices to possess a wide range of transferable skills, such as resilience, advanced communication and negotiation skills, as well as the ability to manage conflict and exercise authority in complex situations, manage risk to self, service users and colleagues, and enable others to achieve their goals.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate apprentices from this programme should prove valuable to local authority children's or adult services, as well as to private fostering agencies, voluntary organisations and charities. On successful completion of the end point assessment after completion of the course, apprentices will be well prepared for a career in social work and to work their way up to positions of greater responsibility in the sector.

They will also be ready to progress to postgraduate-level study in subjects such as community justice, social policy and counselling. Studying for a PhD or professional doctorate is another option, or they could pursue a career in teaching by undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Professional recognition

This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

On successful completion of the programme, your apprentices will be able to demonstrate that they meet the standards of proficiency required by the Health and Care Professions Council and professional capabilities for qualifying social workers. They will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Social Worker.

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

Useful information

Apprentices will not be expected to pay tuition fees towards this programme. Your organisation may be able to fund this Degree Apprenticeship though the Apprenticeship Levy (if your organisation is paying the levy). If an apprentice leaves the apprenticeship programme early then all funding for your apprenticeship will stop.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

No hidden extras

  • There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme. ()

How to apply

Home/EU

Please contact the programme leader for details of the application procedure. You can find their name, email address and phone number in the Contact us section of this page.

For tailored support and advice regarding apprenticeships, please visit http://uob.ac/connectED

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment

Teaching, learning and assessment

To make this course as beneficial as possible for you and your apprentices, we apply a range of learning, teaching and assessment methods. These are designed to fully engage apprentices, helping them to develop the skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours essential to become a social worker, with particular reference to your organisation and their place within it.

Learning focuses on your workplace environment, and builds the transferable body of knowledge and skills demanded to achieve professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a social worker, and apply this expertise within your organisation. Your apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in the workplace, with the other 20% of their time being devoted to off-the-job training and university learning.

To complement lectures that introduce the course content, seminars and group-based activities allow apprentices to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials give them the opportunity to clarify their understanding of the topics we cover in lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help apprentices apply their newly acquired academic knowledge to real-life problems, and gain valuable insights into contemporary practice in social work. Apprentices will also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments.

Inter-professional practitioners from the field of health and social care will contribute as guest speakers offering your apprentices the chance to further develop their knowledge and understanding.

Our assessment methods are designed to reflect what will be required of social workers in the field. For example, the course requires apprentices to submit written reports, give presentations, develop their portfolio, complete a work-based project, and practice interviewing skills. We also expect them to take written exams, write essays and reflective accounts, and play an active part in group discussions. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors.

PLEASE NOTE:
100% attendance for practice-based learning is required, and absences or missed components of practice-based learning will have to be completed at a later date.

A minimum of 80% attendance is required for programme modules in order to progress and achieve the award for which an apprentice is registered. Apprentices must attend scheduled sessions. Please note that attendance is taken into account when making Assessment Board decisions. Apprentices may be withdrawn due to poor attendance.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    21/09/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BA (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    120
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Martina Kirlew
Programme Leader
Email: M.Kirlew@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903782

Natasha Hassan
Lecturer in Social Work
Email: N.Hassan@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903437

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903