Are you someone who cares about others? Do you want to work in your local community and help support individuals and their families to achieve the best possible outcomes in their lives? Then an apprenticeship in social care may just be for you.

But, why choose Social Care?


At Focus Adult Social Work, we get asked a lot of questions about Apprenticeships. So here are the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.

Can I qualify as a social worker through an Apprenticeship?

Absolutely. Social work is a graduate profession so you can train through a Level 6 or 7 degree apprenticeship. A social work degree apprenticeship is a practice-based course which aims to prepare students to work as fully qualified social workers.

Funded by the Government and an employer, an apprenticeship combines work-based learning and education. After successfully completing an Apprenticeship you can to apply to register as a social worker with Social Work England.

If I am working as an Apprentice, when do I study?

The Social Work Degree Apprenticeship is a 3-year practice based course. You will learn using a mixture of academic study and work-based placements.  As an Apprentice you will have the opportunity to attend University for one day as week, have protected study time and support from a practice educator who works in conjunction with the university to facilitate your success.

An Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills and apply them in a practice environment. What’s more, you will earn as you learn. That’s right. You will earn a full-time wage while completing your apprenticeship and you can qualify as a social worker without having to worry about tuition fees or student debt. This makes an Apprenticeship a great way to start a career in social work.

What are the Entry Requirements?

A Social Work Degree Apprenticeship is suitable for existing and new social care staff, who are responsible for delivering direct services. Candidates have to be employed over 30 hours a week in a relevant job role.

Applicants will also need their employer to agree to fund the course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. Applicants also need to demonstrate their ability to study academic subjects at degree level.

Would your current Apprentices recommend Focus Adult Social Work as the place to complete an apprenticeship?

It’s a good question. It’s important to understand the experiences of current apprentices when making a decision about whether this is the right path for you.

We asked two of our current Adult Social Work Apprentices, Molly Stephen and Mags Flanagan to share their experiences of being an Apprentice at Focus Adult Social Work.


Does an apprenticeship sound like it might be the right fit for you? For more information on Adult Social Care Apprenticeships in North East Lincolnshire contact 0300 330 2975.