Social Worker

Our three-year, Social Work Degree Apprenticeship programme is tailored to individuals working in a social work setting, and who wish to gain an honours degree in social work and thus be eligible to apply for registration with the social work regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The programme is aimed at individuals over 18-years of age, who possess the correct balance of academic ability, analytical and practical skills, and relevant personal qualities such as maturity, resilience and empathy needed to be a professional social worker.

Programme outline

Social workers aim to empower vulnerable people to meet their basic needs and to be able to participate fully in their community and society.

Consequently, this programme is aimed at developing future social workers who have the knowledge, skills and values required to practice in a challenging and varied environment.

Learners will be helped to appreciate the complexity and uncertainty of the social work profession through classroom teaching for at least 20% of their time and through work based learning.

The apprenticeship has been designed to provide a good theoretical basis plus the skills and values required to practice social work. Learners are required to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and values in their work place to help them be adequately prepared to enter the world of social work as fully qualified social workers. It has been designed to help learners develop both personally and professionally.

The programme has also been developed to meet the expectations of the profession via the Standards for Education and Training of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the QAA Benchmarking Statements for Social Work, the Professional Capabilities Framework, the Knowledge and Skills Statements and the apprenticeship Standards for Social Work.

Current fees for the programme are £23,000 starting February/March 2020.

You can download the programme specification and visit the government's website for the full standards from the government's website.

To reserve places for your employees contact: Min Jenkin at min.jenkin@bucks.ac.uk or call 01296 744 202.

An apprentice can be a new or existing member of staff and must not already hold a degree in that area or be receiving funding for other training.

The employer must employ the apprentice in a genuine and relevant role with a salary.

The apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK.

There are no formal academic requirements at the start of the degree apprenticeship, however, learners are encouraged to have English and Maths Level 2 prior to starting the degree apprenticeship. Those candidates who do not have English and Maths Level 2 will be required to achieve this prior to undertaking the end-point assessment.

Candidates will need to have passed the employers’ selection process which will usually be undertaken jointly with the university and will include appropriate criminal conviction and occupational health checks.

The University will consider all such applications and will have the final decision whether to accept the candidate for entry to the programme.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemption Orders 1975) As these training posts involve or may involve direct contact with people receiving health care they are exempt from the provision of the above Act and applicants are required to give details of all previous convictions, all cautions, warnings, binding-overs, or detentions by police, including any spent convictions. Failure to disclose is a serious breach of entry requirements.