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Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) - Level 3

Overview

If you want to make a positive difference in the community, a career as a social worker could be a perfect choice for you. Access to HE Social Work is specifically designed for adults who have been out of formal education for some time, but want to enter university-level courses. 

You will study a number of different modules designed to give you the best possible preparation for your university course. You will also undertake a number of core academic subjects that are designed to prepare you for the demands of higher level study. These are common to all Access pathways, with an emphasis on critical thinking, the techniques of written and spoken presentation and research skills.

Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) designs and validates Access to Higher Education Diplomas. To find out more visit www.cava.ac.uk

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Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years of age to enrol on an Access to HE course.
  • GCSE English and maths at grade C (4 points) or above.
  • Students are strongly recommended to secure work placement in a social work setting.
  • If an applicant has one of the entry requirements they will be considered but will be subject to diagnostic assessments.

These entry requirements are subject to the programme being revalidated and may change.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19
Sep 20171 yr(s)1059A1003FREE* to £2960.00**Apply online

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

** Course fees shown are for guidance only and are the fees charged for courses running this year. Fees for courses starting in September 2017 will be confirmed in spring 2017.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to HE course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

Our Access to HE courses can be studied within one academic year – up to 450 hours of class time.

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How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on the assignments which are set regularly throughout the course. Some of these assignments will be completed under exam conditions but most will be completed in your own time. Assessment methods include: essays, reports, presentations, and group exercises. These are all designed to develop those skills required for higher level study.

What does the course lead to?

Careers in youth work, probation, social care, youth justice, psychology, sociology and criminology. Salaries in social work usually start between £19,500-£25,000, in youth work around £21,000 and probation £21,000-£27,000.

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules. These will include:

  • Study skills: this will focus on the generic skills required for high level study (essay and report writing; referencing, critical thinking and analysis etc.).
  • Individual research project in a social work-related field: this gives students the opportunity to conduct a study in an area of personal interest and relevant to your future course/career.
  • Social policy: this looks into the ways in which governments seek to address those issues relating to social work such as unemployment and poverty.
  • Law
  • Rights and opportunities: a course concerned with prejudice, discrimination, and legislation designed to combat those issues.
  • Psychology: Treatments in psychology, debates and perspectives.
  • Sociology: Concepts and perspectives, research methods, social stratification and crime and deviance.   

You may also complete GCSE maths alongside the programme if necessary.

These modules are subject to the programme being revalidated and may change.

How do I apply?

You can complete an online application form or contact the college for an application form to be sent to you.

All students must be interviewed before starting the programme.

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