Social work apprenticeship

We support employers and universities to develop an apprenticeship specifically for social work. 

The apprentice will be awarded with a degree as part of the programme and will be assessed at the end, with the result graded. This apprenticeship was accepted by the professional regulator at the time, HCPC, and by the current regulator, Social Work England.

Read the standard and assessment plan published by the Institute for Apprenticeships


  • no formal entry criteria needed
  • training duration: 36 months
  • a minimum of 20% of the apprentices paid working hours must be spent in off-the-job training.
  • gain 'on-the-job' experience to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviour required to be a competent social worker.
  • end of training assesments will form the final point of their degree.


  • 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 5% of the agreed cost, with the Government paying the rest (if the total cost is no more than the government-assigned cap).

Find out more about apprenticeship funding.

Social work apprenticeship briefing: options for employing a Practice Educator

Our guidance with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) explores the implications of engaging a Practice Educator as part of a Social Work apprenticeship.

Read the guidance

Want to know more?

If you want any specific support on social work apprenticeships please email