Social work apprenticeship


We've supported a trailblazer group of employers and universities to develop an apprenticeship for the occupation of social worker. The apprentice will achieve a degree as part of the programme and will be assessed at the end, with the result graded.

You can now read the standard and assessment plan, as published by the Institute for Apprenticeships here.

Universities will now need time to develop new degrees and have them approved by the regulator before the first apprentices can start. This could take up to 12 months.


Key points

  • The apprentice will achieve a degree in social work whilst gaining 'on-the-job' experience to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviour required to be a competent social worker.
  • A minimum of 20% of the apprentices paid working hours must be spent on off-the-job training.
  • There's no formal entry criteria.
  • The training will typically take 36 months.
  • Levy paying organisations will be able to use their apprenticeship levy to fund the social worker apprenticeship training and end-point assessment cost.
  • Non-levy organisations will pay 10% of the agreed cost, with the Government paying the rest (as long as the total cost is no more than the government-assigned cap).
  • The apprentice will be assessed at the end of their training. The end-point tests will form the final point of their degree.


We've developed some frequently asked questions for the social work degree apprenticeship.

FAQs for employers

FAQs for learning providers


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