Unlock your potential as a social researcher at the National Centre for Social Research! Join our team and gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge research methodologies, data analysis, and societal impact assessment. You'll work alongside experts in the field, contributing to projects that shape policies and drive positive change in society.

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Closing date: 16 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    25 day Holiday entitlement

  • Working week

    37 Hour Working Week Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

What You Will Do in Your Working Day: Your day-to-day tasks will revolve around honing essential research skills vital for success in the field of social research. You'll:

  • Design surveys, conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses, and craft comprehensive reports.
  • Develop proficiency in statistics and utilize various research methodologies.
  • Cultivate teamwork, communication, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Begin with quality checking key outputs and gradually take on more responsibilities, including conducting independent analysis and managing small-scale projects.
  • Gain insights into all facets of the research process, explore diverse sectors, understand client needs, and learn about industry-leading practices.

The training you will be getting

The Training You Will Be Getting: You'll undertake a Social Researcher Level 6 apprenticeship standard, supplemented by a (BA) Applied Social Research program. Our blended learning approach offers a mix of online and face-to-face learning experiences:

Online Learning:

  • Participate in live, real-time online classes.
  • Engage with online distance learning materials, requiring approximately 6 hours per week.

Face-to-Face Learning:

  • Attend Kent University annually during Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4.
  • Benefit from quarterly day-long face-to-face teaching sessions in London, potentially extending to other locations based on employer demand.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you'll emerge as a fully-fledged Social Researcher within our organization. Armed with comprehensive skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience, you'll be equipped to contribute meaningfully to our research endeavors, shaping policies and making a tangible difference in society.

    Ready to embark on a rewarding journey in social research?


    Join us at NatCen and kickstart your career in making impactful change!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade C/4) Essential
Other A Levels (Grade 96 UCAS Points) Essential

Things to consider

Access to state-of-the-art facilities and mentorship from seasoned professionals, your journey at the National Centre for Social Research promises invaluable skill development and a rewarding career path in the realm of social science.

About the employer

Join the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and embark on a journey to become a proficient social researcher. At NatCen, we lead the field in producing high-quality research that informs policies and positively impacts society. As an apprentice, you'll dive into the heart of social research, gaining invaluable skills and experiences under the mentorship of industry experts.




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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


University of Kent Apprenticeship Team

Apprenticeship standard

Social researcher

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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