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Social Work - Access to Higher Education Diploma

£2,719.80

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is designed for students who are planning to further their education and plan a career related to Social Work.

Many of our students study from home in their spare time and use this Access to Higher Education Diploma as a route into a full degree.

Social Work - Access to Higher Education Diploma

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  • On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (400/0409/0).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

    All of our course materials are easy to understand, and provide you with a broad range of additional information to support your learning. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who’ll have regular contact with you via our platform, by phone, email or Skype. You’ll be responsible for setting your own study schedule to fit around your lifestyle and responsibilities; you can therefore study at your own pace and in your own way.

    Whilst you will have a great deal of flexibility with your studies, you’ll need to develop the discipline to study independently as well as be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available. Contact is all available with fellow students via our unique platform, and through debates and forums where you can share thoughts and ideas.

    Your Access to Higher Education Diploma will be made up of a number of units, each of which will require you to complete an assignment. You’ll find ‘assessment planners’ included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your personal tutor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you’ve produced, and how you can improve.

    All assignments provide the evidence required to award you with learning credits. You will need 60 credits to achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Of the 60 credits required, 15 will be ungraded and 45 will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

    The main objective is for you to apply to a University and enrol on a Social Work related degree course. However, not all careers need a degree, and an Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) is also an excellent way to improve your job prospects.

    If it’s your main goal to enrol on a degree course then our experience in distance learning and higher education means can make the difference. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are well suited to meet University entry requirements as well as preparing you for undergraduate study.

    UCAS, (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a valuable source of information for all stages of university applications process, including what and where to study. Review the “what to study” unit on the UCAS website and watch the video.

    After successfully completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) and/or achieving a degree you can then enter a profession within social work. You could care and support a variety of people including older people, teenagers, young offenders, families or Refugees and asylum seekers.

    You could carve out your career and provide support or care for someone or a group of people, within a role in the:

    • An NHS Trust
    • A local authority
    • The voluntary sector
    • Private sector

  • After each graded and ungraded unit there will be an assignment which needs to be completed and submitted online to your assessor for marking. You'll find 'assessment planners' included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your assessor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you've produced, and how you can improve.

    The assignments contain one or a combinations of 2 tasks that you need to complete. As an example this could be any combination of a short series of questions, an essay, an academic report or a presentation. Learners must work their way through their ungraded and graded course units and attempt to get as many “Distinction” credits as possible. These are important as a minimum amount maybe specified in your university degree entrance criteria.

    This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 360 hrs.
  • This course contains the following modules:

    • Module 1: Preparing to study
    • Module 2: Academic writing skills
    • Module 3: Preparing a written assignment
    • Module 4: Independent research
    • Module 5: Progressing to Higher Education
    • Module 6: Introduction to sociology
    • Module 7: Social factors in health care
    • Module 8: Poverty & health
    • Module 9: Sociology of health
    • Module 10: Sociology of the family
    • Module 11: Introduction to social work
    • Module 12: Morals and ethics in social work
    • Module 13: Anti-Oppressive practice
    • Module 14: Combating prejudice & discrimination
    • Module 15: Personal social services
    • Module 16: Contemporary issues in social policy
    • Module 17: Foundations of social policy
    • Module 18: The origins of the welfare state
    • Module 19: Introduction to psychology
    • Module 20: The brain & nervous system

  • All learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent qualification), a relevant NVQ at level 2 or above and aspire to study a related degree at university.

    Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to Higher Education Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each University has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

    • Number of credits to be attained at Merit or Distinction level.
    • Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
    • Passing a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
    • Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
    • We strongly recommend learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full L2 NVQ qualification in a related subject.


    Each learner must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. This research should be undertaken as soon as possible. learndirect will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to secure an offer from a Higher Education institution.

    The vast majority of universities and colleges will accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as an entry requirement, but you‘re advised to check this with each of the establishments you’re interested in attending. Most universities/colleges will also require a minimum of Grade C in English and Maths GCSEs, or equivalent. You’ll also need to meet this requirement in order to commence your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work).

Technical Requirements
Technical requirements
Duration
360 Guided learning hours
Course media type
Online
Course code
Access to HE Midwifery
Length of access
12 months