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Access to Social Work

The Access to Social Work pathway is an intensive one-year programme aimed exclusively at adults who are looking to work within the area of social work and related careers.

What is Access to Social Work?

On the course, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and practical skills through a range of subject areas including the role and function of social services, safeguarding and family. Successful completion of this diploma will open doors to a number of university courses, giving you the chance to study a broad array of degrees leading to careers in social work, youth work, social policy, and conferencing.

Do not worry if you have been out of education for a while, or never went to college, the course is under-pinned with study skills throughout to ensure you develop these key skills in academic writing, research, and digital literacy, alongside learning about social work.

The Access to HE diploma is a full level 3 qualification and will enable you to progress on to study a degree in Social Work, Children, Young People and Families (CYPF), Social Policy, Counselling, Sociology, or a number of other related degree choices.

The diploma covers three key subject disciplines: –

Psychology – Key aspects of psychology, developmental psychology, and psychological disorders.
Sociology – Application of sociological approaches and the Family.
Social Policy – The roles and functions of social services, poverty in contemporary Britain, safeguarding and understanding the welfare State.

Alongside the specialist subject disciplines, you will be supported to develop your study skills to ensure you are well equipped to complete your assessments and thrive in an HE environment.

You will be assessed in a range of methods including essays, presentations, reports, and case studies.

You will be required to attend college two days per week for the course, and assignments will need to be completed from home.

To study on this programme, you need a level 2 qualification in English and maths and be aged over 19.

If you are aged under 23 and this is your first full level three, the course will be fully funded for you.

If you already have a Level 3, or aged over 23, you can take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the tuition fees – However, if you progress on to and complete a degree, your loan for the Access Diploma is cleared.