You must be aged 19 years or over by 31 August in the year the course starts.
The diploma is a 12-month full-time intense programme which is recognised by universities as an alternative to A levels for entry to many degree courses.
Funding for Access HE courses is available via student loans. For those of you who progress to university and pass your degree, the loan cost of the Access HE Diploma will be written off. Further information on this can be provided at the interview.
Who is this course for?This diploma is the ideal choice for learners who are interested in a career in social work; a rewarding profession that gives you the chance to promote social change and improve the wellbeing of others.
You must be 19 years of age by 31 August in the year the course starts.
It is essential that you will have attained GCSE grade C or above in English, maths and science (if specifically required for your choice) prior to entry on the Access course as these subjects are often required for degree-level courses. If necessary, you may be able to study one GCSE or a level 2 qualification alongside your diploma.
Some universities will accept an alternative to GCSE (you must check this with your choices). Professional qualifications will also be considered. Those who do not have level 2 qualifications will be directed to suitable level 2 alternatives as preparation for progression to Access level 3 or other level 3 courses.
Assessment TypesAssessment will take place throughout the course. There are no end of year controlled assessments.
Learners studying this diploma will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and practical skills through a range of subject areas including:
- Roles & Responsibilities of a social worker
- Practical Counselling Skills
- Social Policy & The British Welfare State
- Values, Diversity & Rights
- Academic Writing Skills
- Presentation Skills
- Reflective Practice
Benefits/SkillsYou will develop the academic skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to progress to university and pursue a professional career of your choice.
Successful completion of this diploma will open doors to a number of university courses, giving learners the chance to study a broad array of degrees leading to careers in:
- Social work
- Youth work
- Social policy
- Support workers
- Many others...