Access to HE Social Work Diploma

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  • Overview

    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.

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  • 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.
  • Entry Requirements

    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 in English and maths or Functional skills Level 2, 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. Students who do not meet the requirements for the Level 3 Access courses can be enrolled on our one year Level 2 certificate in preparation for progression onto the Level 3 access course.

  • Assessment Types

    Assessment will take place throughout the course. There are no end of year controlled assessments.
  • Units/Modules

    Learners studying this diploma will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and practical skills through a range of subject areas including:

    • Safeguarding
    • Family
    • Roles & Responsibilities of a social worker
    • Psychology
    • Practical Counselling Skills
    • Social Policy & The British Welfare State
    • Values, Diversity & Rights
    • Academic Writing Skills
    • Presentation Skills
    • Reflective Practice
  • Benefits/Skills

    You will develop the academic skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to progress to university and pursue a professional career of your choice.
  • Careers/Progression

    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
    • Counselling
    • Many others...
  • Success Stories

    Jodie’s journey

    I left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications and very little prospects. Since joining the access course I have grown so much in knowledge and confidence. I had never written academically and was very anxious about my ability to do so for this course. However, the support given by the tutors has been amazing. The support and reassurance from the tutors has made this course possible for me. This course has changed me for the better and has really given me confidence for my future.

    Jodie will be starting a degree in social work this September.

  • Did you know?

    • 85% of our Access students remain in part time employment while studying with us.
    • 99% of our Access students fund their studies through an Advanced Learner Loan.
    • Our Access students range between the ages of 19 and 50 years old.
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