Routes into social work

Social Work Apprenticeship programme

The Social Work Apprenticeship enables you to study for a fully funded BA (Hons) in social work with our partner higher education provider, while working full-time for Norfolk County Council and receiving a salary.

Through the 3-year apprenticeship programme you will gain experience of working in a range of social work services within the local authority, including time in both Adult Social Services and Children’s Services. You will also regularly attend teaching sessions, workshops, seminars and tutorials with the higher education provider to develop your skills and knowledge. You will be supported throughout the programme by mentors in the workplace.

When you complete the integrated degree apprenticeship successfully, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Social Work and a guaranteed post as a newly qualified social worker (NQSW).

Pay and conditions

Social Work Apprentices are employed on a 3-year full-time fixed term contract.

The salary is G grade (£25,419 to £27,514).

The apprenticeship posts will be based across the county in a range of locations.


We are looking for resilient and motivated people who have experience in social care and can demonstrate the skills and knowledge for entry to the social work degree. See PCF - Point of entry to training on the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) website.

You will need to have at least two years direct experience of working with children and families or adults with care and support needs.

This is a degree programme so you will need to demonstrate your academic ability by having level 3 qualifications that are equivalent to 96 UCAS points (eg 3 A Levels at grade C or equivalent including BTEC, NVQ, Access to HE), or higher.

You will also need to have GCSEs in English or English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or the new grade 4 and above, or an approved equivalent such as functional skills level 2.

We will need to see your qualification certificates. You can order replacements online, if you need to.

You will need a driving licence and use of a vehicle - or confirm that you'll be able to travel for work if you do not have a vehicle. 

How to apply

Complete a job application through NCC’s online recruitment site.

The posts are advertised annually in the spring/early summer. Interviews take place in July with posts offered to successful applicants in September. The programme starts in January each year.

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