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About the course

Are you looking to pursue a career in a rewarding profession? Solent’s social work apprenticeship degree will help you develop a thorough grounding of the standards required to become a professional social worker. You’ll develop leadership skills alongside other skills, knowledge, values and first-hand experience, key to making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

The first two years of this apprenticeship degree concentrate on learning the basis of professional social work and includes looking at subjects such as social work theory, working in organisations and communities, law, psychology and human development and sociology and society. For your final year, you can choose to specialise in adults or children and families to help focus your career path upon graduation.

An important element of the course is the approval gained from industry regulator Social Work England. As a result, you’re eligible to register as a qualified social worker once you’ve graduated. The qualification is also valid for practice in Europe, Canada, Australia and the USA, widening the career opportunities for graduates wishing to travel after their degree.

The course team’s strong links with local employers, service users and carers within the industry have allowed previous students the opportunity to practice the theory they’ve learnt in work placements, enabling them to build their skills and confidence as a social worker and develop their professional network.

These established links with the industry have also allowed past students to attend regular guest lectures where they have benefitted from talks delivered by social work professionals giving valuable insight into the industry and the career opportunities available.

You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

You’ll learn from a core team of registered social workers with a broad range of academic and industry experience

What does this course lead to?

Social workers have opportunities to work with other professionals such as the police and doctors, to plan support and offer services to those in need of care and support.

If a social worker is successful in enabling change, it can mean that a child or vulnerable adult may achieve a new lease of life and positive possibilities for the future.

Who is this course for?

This BA (Hons) Social Work apprenticeship programme prepares students for a wide range of social work and community care roles.

Ideal candidates should aspire to work with vulnerable members of the community. Applicants typically come from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training. Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs. 

The programme cost for 2022/23 is not yet available. 

You can find out more about funding an apprenticeship and the apprenticeship levy in our guide for employers.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2022/23 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been: 

Compulsory costs:

  • DBS – Enhanced DBS fee, paid by employer
  • Student travel expenses to placements – dependent on placement location/travel required
  • Professional dress for placement work – dependent on placement location

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

Prospective apprentices will be recruited, put forward and funded by the employer organisation for a place on the programme.  Entry requirements will normally be:

  • A levels: BBC
  • Access: Pass with 15 level 3 credits worth of units at Distinction and 15 at Merit

Interview, DBS and health checks required.

Applicants must have relevant social work or social care experience.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 94 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

If you are currently in work and are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship here at Solent, please speak directly with your employer to see if there is an existing agreement in place.

If you would like more general information about apprenticeships, please see our apprenticeship homepage.

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Sociological Perspectives in Contemporary Society
    In this module you will journey through the historical changes in society which have led to the formation of social work and how it developed as a profession. This module will introduce you to a critical understanding of the historical context of social work and the changing role of politics and the State in relation to social work.
  • Legislative Frameworks for Social work Practice
    This module introduces the general legal context and framework for social work practice in respect to working with vulnerable children, young people and adults. You will gain an understanding of key legislation and determine the associated social work duties and responsibilities.
  • Psychological Perspectives Across the Life Span
    You will learn about the stages of human development throughout the lifespan with a focus on cognitive psychological development, psycho-social and emotional theories, mental health and the interaction between the environment and a person’s psychology.
  • Community and Culture
    This module builds on the knowledge acquired while studying ‘Sociological Perspectives in Contemporary Society’ in the first semester and explores the origins of community social work.
  • Establishing Contemporary Practice in Context
    This module runs over period one and two of the academic calendar. This is your primary, formative year: where you begin to consolidate and integrate learning from both the taught modules, and you will use this to underpin the development of your practice within your workplace.  

Year two

Core modules
  • Applied and Informed Practice
    This module leads to a deeper understanding of your professional identity and develops an understanding of the application of the law and social policy in relation to social work practice.
  • Social Work Assessment, Theory and Models
    It is important for social workers to identify, understand and be able to analyse and evaluate a range of different theory, models and methods used when working with people with lived experience and in need of social work. This module will introduce you to a range of different theories, models and methods of intervention that can be used in a variety of areas.
  • Working in Partnership and in Organisations
    The module explores ‘big picture’ topics, such as the role of law and wider political factors. In addition, we look at everyday practice, including teamwork and assertiveness. We will also consider working in partnership and organisations from a systemic perspective. How professionals work together is a key issue of the module.
  • Developing Contemporary Practice in Context
    You will be allocated to a team working in an area of social work where you will be working to acquire skills and knowledge, as well as utilising your current skill set.  This module requires you to ‘step-up’ from level 4. To achieve this, you will receive coaching from your line manager, colleagues and the university.

Year three

Core modules
  • Contextual Curricula Learning and Development
    Bringing together your learning from your degree and your work-based learning experience, this module will enable you to reflect and consolidate your knowledge and skills within a professional context.
  • Consolidating Contemporary Practice in Context
    This module is a further ‘step-up’ from level 5. You will continue to receive support from your line manager, colleagues and the university. The expectation at this level is that you will be able to work more autonomously and you will feel increasingly confident in using your professional judgement, while working under the guidance of your line manager.
  • End Point Assessment
    This module further develops your knowledge and skills in reflection, engagement, research techniques, multi-agency working, analysis and effective writing.

Meet the course team

Jan Parker academic profile Jan Parker Head of Subject View profile
David Galley academic profile David Galley Course Leader View profile
Gavin Tucker academic profile Gavin Tucker Senior Lecturer View profile
Marietjie Joubert academic profile Marietjie Joubert Senior Lecturer View profile
Colin Bright academic profile Colin Bright Senior Lecturer View profile
Neil Glasspool academic profile Neil Glasspool Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The team are research active and able to include research informed practice into a contemporary social work curriculum.

Your future

Solent’s (BA Hons) Social Work apprenticeship programme equips graduates with current professional standards suitable to undertake a variety of roles. As a registered social work practitioner, suitable roles include working in areas such as:

  • Children and families services
  • Education services
  • People with disabilities
  • People with health and mental health needs
  • Services for older people
  • Local authority departments
  • HM Armed Forces
  • Voluntary sector – e.g. Barnardos, MIND, NSPCC, SSAFA
  • Private sector – e.g. care homes, rehab services
  • Independent – Self-employed and Agency

Industry links

You'll experience collaborative learning with social work practitioners and experience regional education and employment forums to support your professional development and transitions. 


As an apprenticeship, this programme combines the workplace and university-level tuition to provide a fusion of practice and academic study.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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