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Apprenticeship training course

Social worker (integrated degree) (level 6)

Protecting vulnerable children and adults from harm or abuse, and supporting adults to live independently.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Care services
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Ensure professional ethical standards are developed, maintained and promoted.
  • Take responsibility for your decisions and recommendations.
  • Be aware of the impact of your own values on practice.
  • Exercise authority as a Social Worker within the appropriate legal and ethical frameworks.
  • Ensure the highest standard of person centred approach, so that people are treated with dignity and their rights, values and autonomy are respected.
  • Practise in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • Hear the views of people who use services, carers, their families and communities, recognise their expertise, and enable their views to have validity and influence.
  • Promote the best interests of people who use services, carers, their families and communities.
  • Work with people to enable them to make informed decisions and exercise their rights.
  • Work to promote individual growth, development and independence.
  • Undertake assessments of need and/or capacity.
  • Initiate resolution of issues and use initiative.
  • Gather, analyse, critically evaluate, and use research information and knowledge in your practice to develop an understanding of the individual’s situation.
  • Make and receive referrals appropriately.
  • Use social work methods, theories, and models to enable individuals to identify actions to achieve change and improve life opportunities.
  • Manage and weigh up competing/conflicting values or interests to make reasoned professional judgement.
  • Work within scope of practice as an autonomous professional.
  • Maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct.
  • Manage the physical and emotional impact of your practice.
  • Identify and apply strategies to build professional and emotional resilience.
  • Use supervision to support and enhance the quality of your practice.
  • Maintain your own health and well-being.
  • Recognise the need to manage workloads and resources effectively.
  • Keep your skills, knowledge and ongoing professional development up to date.
  • Show an awareness of current and relevant legislation.
  • Use a range of research methodologies to inform your practice.
  • Work in partnership with others
  • Balance appropriate levels of autonomy within a complex system of accountability
  • Respond appropriately to unexpected situations, identify and challenge practices which present a risk to, or from, people you are working with, their carers or others in order to uphold professional requirements.
  • Respond appropriately to signs of harm, abuse and neglect.
  • Establish and maintain personal and professional boundaries.
  • Follow health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Communicate in English at the level required by Social Work England.
  • Communicate your role and purpose sensitively and clearly, using appropriate language and methods.
  • Communicate in a way which is engaging, respectful, motivating, and effective, even when dealing with conflict or resistance to change.
  • Exercise professional curiosity.
  • Have difficult conversations with empathy.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
  • Engage with individuals and their families/carers and sustain effective relationships in order to effect change
  • Engage effectively in inter-professional and inter-agency working to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Support networks, groups, and communities to meet needs and outcomes.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records in accordance with applicable legislation, protocols, and guidelines.
  • Prepare formal reports in line with legislation, policies, and procedures.
  • Critically reflect on/review practice and record the outcomes of reflection appropriately.
  • Present reports in formal settings.
  • Use technology to manage your work.
  • Use technology to communicate appropriately.
  • Maintain individuals’ information security and protect data.
  • Advise people on how to use assistive technology.
  • Promote the use of technology to achieve better outcomes.

Full information on Social worker (integrated degree) (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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