Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship

Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship

Boost your social work career and combine academic learning with on-the-job training

Boost your social work career and combine academic learning with on-the-job training

3 years
Bishop Otter Campus

Overview

On this three year, part time Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship you will work for four days per week with your employer and attend university for the remaining weekday. When you complete the course you will graduate with BA (Hons) Social Work and be qualified as a professional social worker. You will be eligible for registration with Social Work England.

This degree apprenticeship will prepare you for employment as a newly qualified social worker. You will develop strategies on strengths-based working, resilience and self-care as you engage with theory and current debates about contemporary social work practice.

You will explore the underlying concepts, principles, methodologies and skills used in contemporary social work practice. This course is an opportunity to critically reflect upon your values, and to feel safe to take risks in sharing uncertainties and conflicts.

This course provides the knowledge, skills and values you need to meet the Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship and Social Work England’s Standards, and the Professional Capabilities Framework.

This course is developed in consultation with West Sussex County Council to ensure that your studies are relevant to the current needs of employers.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by Social Work England.

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Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will attend university for one day per week and attend your workplace for the other four weekdays. You will attend classes including lectures, seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and web-based learning. You will work collaboratively with other students on the course and undertake individual learning activities.

End Point Assessment: Final Apprenticeship Portfolio

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) is the final assessment on this course. You will complete a ‘gateway’ process and be signed off to complete the final assessment of your apprenticeship. Your employer must agree that you are eligible to enter EPA.

You must meet the following criteria before taking the EPA:

  • achieved a minimum level 2 English and Math’s as per the standard and general apprenticeship requirements
  • be able to communicate at Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (with no element below 6.5) – Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency 8.8
  • successfully completed assessed work experience in at least two contrasting settings, one with a focus on statutory work
  • obtained 300 academic credits of the Social Worker degree, 120 at level 4, 120 at level 5 and 60 at level 6 with a provisional grade

You will be recommended for EPA when they are ready. Employers should have a remediation process in place to support any apprentice who fails to meet the eligibility criteria to enter EPA.

The Course

What you will study

You will study a range of modules during your course. You will be taught at Chichester campus and complete two placements during the degree.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Introduction To Social Work

This module aims to introduce you to social work roles, tasks and settings. There will be opportunities to provide you with a grounding in the historical and social context of social work practice, which will enable you to understand a framework of theories, values, ethics and research mindedness as a foundation for good practice and study throughout the course. This module will help to develop your ability to think critically and reflectively.

Diversity, Difference And Society

The module will use a range of approaches to learning and teaching, which will include problem - based learning, small workshops, and the use of multimedia materials plus appropriate external guest practitioners and/or service users. This will encourage you to develop skills in gaining information relevant to the social identity of those with whom you are working.

Skills For Practice 1

This aims to develop the intellectual and practical skills that will be of value in a variety of situations and will include the development of self-awareness, problem-solving, reflection and reflexive skills. It will prepare you to communicate effectively with a range of people in a complex and diverse society. You’ll gain insight into the ethical issues and professional codes of practice in relation to intervening in the lives of others.

Skills For Practice 2

Build on basic communication and relationship skills in order to prepare for social work practice. You'll develop an understanding of the wider community in which social work takes place. Opportunities to introduce you to the perspectives of service users, carers, and the organisations with which social workers liaise and operate.

Adult And Child Development Across The Life Course

This module will introduce you to theories of physiological, social, cognitive and psychological development in relation to children and adults throughout the life course. It will also explore difficulties in physiological, psychological and social development and consider cultural, class and gender perspectives in relation to development. The effects of social problems on development and socialisation will also be examined.

Introduction To Legal And Policy Frameworks

The overall aim of this module is to introduce you, as a social work student to the legal and policy frameworks that underpin professional practice. The module will outline the relationship and key differences between legislation and policy. It will help you to appreciate the differing ideological approaches to social policy and how these may find expression in welfare practice and its underlying legal framework.

Disability And Social Work

This module will start by considering historical, social, and cross-cultural perspectives on disability and learning difficulties. The notion of ‘care’ and its impact on the lived experience of disability will also be explored. Central to the module will be ethical issues, such as the competing rights of carers and service users. Anti-oppressive practise will be a theme throughout the module, with particular attention to simultaneous oppression, social exclusion and hate crimes.

Induction and Linked Tutorial Programme

This module will introduce you to the University. You will learn more about the course, discuss academic development and explore the support available on the course.

Methods Of Intervention And Assessment

This module will focus on the methods and skills in the processes of assessment, planning, intervention and review. You will learn risk assessment, intervention and management skills, all of which will link to your ability to recognise the key signs and symptoms of child and adult abuse. You will also consider the ethical implications of intervention.

Safeguarding

The module will consider safeguarding adults, child protection and domestic violence as inter-related rather than in isolation. You will explore the concepts of ‘significant harm’ and ‘good enough parenting’. You will also explore the signs and symptoms of abuse, issues of disclosure and confidentiality, the use of supervision and the appropriate referral process if child protection safeguarding adults and/or domestic violence issues are involved.

Law In Social Work

You will consider the role of the social worker within the legal system and explore the difference between legal rules and rights and the ethical dilemmas that arise, in a context of applying the law to promote human rights, equality and social justice. You will also be expected to visit a court and to reflect on the impact of that experience. The major statutory responsibilities of social work agencies will be examined and evaluated and linked to the major relevant pieces of legislation.

Ethics, Dilemmas And Personal Resilience

You'll develop the ability to apply philosophical ethics and ethical reasoning, as a tool for exploring value dilemmas and conflicts in interpersonal and professional contexts. You will consider strategies that develop personal resilience alongside seeking to contribute to making resilient organisations. Learn to understand the contested nature, scope and purpose of social work in an unequal society.

Assessed Practice 1

There is an expectation that you will undertake practice learning in line with the Domains set out in the Professional Capabilities Framework: Domain 1 Professionalism: Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development Domain 2 Values and Ethics: Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice Domain 3 Diversity: Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice Domain 4 Rights, Justice and Economic Wellbeing: Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic well-being Domain 5 Knowledge: Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory Domain 6 Critical reflection and Analysis - Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making Domain 7 Intervention and Skills: Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse Domain 8 Contexts and organisations: Engage with, inform, and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within own organisational frameworks and contribute to the development of services and organisations. Operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional partnerships and settings Domain 9 Professional Leadership: Take responsibility for the professional learning and development of others through supervision, mentoring, assessing, research, teaching, leadership and management

Mental Health

This module explores key dominate themes within contemporary mental health practice. You will examine the bio-psychosocial conceptual framework model) alongside other mental health models and learn to utilise these models within the field of mental health. It will identify what factors both enhance and debilitate mental health and the ways in which professionals may respond and work together to support them.

Professional Effectiveness In Groups And Organisational Contexts

This module will build on previous skills modules with a particular emphasis on effective working with groups and teams. It will prepare you to work within multi-disciplinary and multi-organisational teams, networks and systems.

Complexity And Risk Part 1

This module introduces you to the complexities of managing risk within the social work profession. You will critically explore the current organisational and policy context alongside relevant research into practice, as well as methods of observation with children and adults including the setting up of observations and addressing ethical issues and the tension these create.

Complexity And Risk Part 2

This module introduces you to the complexities of managing risk within the social work profession. You will critically explore the current organisational and policy context alongside relevant research into practice, as well as methods of observation with children and adults including the setting up of observations and addressing ethical issues and the tension these create.

Assessed Practice 2

There is an expectation that you will undertake practice learning in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework Domains appropriate for the final placement in relation to the following: Domain 1 Professionalism: Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development Domain 2 Values and Ethics: Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice. Domain 3 Diversity: Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice Domain 4 Rights, Justice and Economic Wellbeing: Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic well-being Domain 5 Knowledge: Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory Domain 6 Critical reflection and Analysis: Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making Domain 7 Intervention and Skills: Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse Domain 8 Contexts and organisations: Engage with, inform, and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within organisational frameworks and contribute to the development of services and organisations. Operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional partnerships and settings Domain 9 Professional Leadership: Take responsibility for the professional learning and development of others through supervision, mentoring, assessing, research, teaching, leadership and managementThere is an expectation that you will undertake practice learning in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework Domains appropriate for the final placement in relation to the following: Domain 1 Professionalism: Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development Domain 2 Values and Ethics: Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice. Domain 3 Diversity: Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice Domain 4 Rights, Justice and Economic Wellbeing: Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic well-being Domain 5 Knowledge: Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory Domain 6 Critical reflection and Analysis: Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making Domain 7 Intervention and Skills: Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse Domain 8 Contexts and organisations: Engage with, inform, and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within organisational frameworks and contribute to the development of services and organisations. Operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional partnerships and settings Domain 9 Professional Leadership: Take responsibility for the professional learning and development of others through supervision, mentoring, assessing, research, teaching, leadership and management

Facilities

Course Costs

Your employer will pay your tuition fees to the University so you will graduate without tuition fee debt. 

As an employee you will receive your salary from your employer and be eligible for employee benefits while you study. You will not be eligible for a student loan.

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Entry Requirements

Degree apprentices are recruited directly by employers or are already employed by the company.

To be eligible for the course you will need any of the following:

A Levels
C or above
3 A Levels
BTEC Vocational Qualifications
Level 3
Relevant work social work or social care experience

Applicants will be required to produce certificates for all qualifications. If you have no formal qualifications you will be set ‘non-standard’ entry tasks.

  • A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.
  • You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

You need to apply directly to an employer for a degree apprenticeship, unlike traditional degree programmes.

You will be employed in a full time role while studying in partnership with the University of Chichester.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

Any other questions

If you have any other questions please contact apprenticeships@chi.ac.uk.

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