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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

This Course at a Glance

  • The first step to becoming a Social Worker
  • Start a career that helps other people
  • Completion possible within a year
  • Study a degree without A Levels
  • Affordable payment options
  • Learn at home
  • No exams
 

About your Diploma

 
If you’re looking for a rewarding career, becoming a Social Worker is probably one of the best ways you can help other people. By working in this role, you are directly involved in supporting at-risk individuals in your community.
 
This can no doubt be challenging, but with your help, people can be removed from harmful situations and be put on a care plan that is tailored to their specific needs. The sole focus of this line of work is support, so as a Social Worker, your main goal is to improve the lives of those who need it.  
 
If this sounds like something you would find fulfilling, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is the perfect place to get started. Being solely focussed on this career path, the knowledge you gain from the course is equivalent to three A Levels, which is what is traditionally required to study a social work degree. 
 
As a Social Worker, the support you provide can take many forms and is largely dictated by the individual’s needs and the areas of their lives that they want to support. Throughout your Access to HE Diploma, you will come to understand the many reasons people need external support, as well as the red flags that can indicate someone is at-risk. 
 
You will learn about everything from the role of the Social Worker to moral dilemmas and social work practice. Giving you an ideal foundation of knowledge that you can build on with further study at the higher level. For more information on what you’ll explore in the course, see the ‘Modules’ tab.
 
Another highly desirable aspect of this course, besides the detailed education it provides, is that it can be studied from home. Allowing you to work toward the next stage of your education on your terms. 
 

Getting Started

 
learndirect is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
Studied completely online, the flexibility of this course enables you to work towards your future career outside of your current commitments. So, no matter if it’s a full-time job or childcare, you can complete your course around them. 
 
An Individual Learning Plan will be issued, containing submission deadlines for your assignments to help keep you on track. You will have up to two years to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma. Though, the freedom to move through the course at your pace sees most of our students complete them within 9-12 months. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course. 
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas. 

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment  

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing 

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing
  • Understand the expression of feelings and emotions and how these could be managed
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed

Unit 4: Introduction to Psychology  

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research

Unit 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance

Unit 6: Introduction to Social Work

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the historical development of social work
  • Understand the role of the social worker
  • Understand how social work services are organised in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector
  • Understand the main purposes and values of social work

Unit 7: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues

Unit 8: Sociology of the Family

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist and interactionist views

Unit 9: Contemporary Issues in Social Policy

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand current issues in social policy
  • Understand current legislation in relation to current issues in social policy
  • Understand the economic context of a contemporary issue

Unit 10: Morals and Ethics in Social Work

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand ethics and ethical issues in social work practice
  • Understand moral dilemmas and social work practice

Unit 11: Sociology of Health

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand concepts and models of health
  • Understand the social construction of health and ill health
  • Understand alternative approaches to health

Unit 12: Combating Prejudice and Discrimination

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand theoretical explanations for prejudice and discrimination
  • Understand legislative responses to discrimination and prejudice
  • Understand community initiatives in combating discrimination and prejudice

Unit 13: Abnormal Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders

Unit 14: Understanding Poverty

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand definitions of poverty
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty

Unit 15: Social Work Methods

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the concept of planned intervention
  • Understand the purpose and principles of social work assessments
  • Understand the range of methods used in social work assessments
  • Understand social work intervention methods

Unit 16: The Brain & Nervous System (Psychology)

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

Unit 17: Personal Social Services

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the varying nature of social work provision for children and adults
  • Understand the roles of the voluntary and private sector in the provision of welfare
  • Understand the welfare needs of various groups

Unit 18: Psychobiology of Stress

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand methods used to reduce stress

Unit 19: Equality of Opportunities in Practice

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the main aspects of the legal framework which identify rights and responsibilities about equality of opportunities
  • Understand how to promote equality of opportunities, inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace
You can get started on your Access to Higher Education Diploma right away, but when you come to apply to university, you will need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. As these commonly feature on the entry requirements list for most degrees.
 
Should you not have these qualifications when you start your Access to HE Diploma, you can work towards them at the same time. Which is something many of our learners do successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying. 
 
It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. 
In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • A face-to-face interview at the university 
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience 
  • GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)
It’s up to you to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Social Work). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

 

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

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: (40012578). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

The careers an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) and a subsequent social work degree can lead to are incredibly broad. Social work in itself takes numerous forms and depending on your interests and abilities, you could focus your efforts on supporting children, people with disabilities, the elderly, individuals with mental health issues or people suffering from drug and alcohol misuse.
 
Social Workers cover a large range of sectors in society, including:
  • Youth and community work
  • Mental health care
  • Palliative care
  • Elderly care provision
  • Young offenders
  • Education services
  • Working with people with disabilities
  • Drug and alcohol misusers 
 
As such, the type of role you can work in will vary depending on your specific focus. During your training to become a Social Worker you will get the opportunity to work with several different at-risk groups. This will help you get an understanding of what it takes to be a Social Worker in each of these fields. From there you can position your new career to work in that area of social services.
You could become a:
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Child Social Worker
  • Hospital Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Homelessness Officer
  • Daycare Social Worker 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

 
As such a diverse area of work, there are many ways you can progress your career. You could study a specific area of social work to transition into another avenue of support. Or you could become a specialist in your field and take on more organisational responsibilities in terms of running practices.
 
You could also study courses in leadership and management that would help you progress to a management position or become a Senior Social Worker, where you would supervise a larger network of social care in the local community. With experience, you could progress to director level.
 
If you’re happy to go back to university to get postgraduate qualifications, you could advance your career by taking higher level social care qualifications. With these, you can transition to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) or a Best Interests Assessor (BIA). 
 
Alternatively, you could study the ProfDE that is delivered by the British Association of Social Workers, after which you could progress to:
  • Social work management
  • A senior practitioner
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Specialising in a social sector
  • Becoming a social work director
  • Running an NHS Trust

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

This Course at a Glance

  • The first step to becoming a Social Worker
  • Start a career that helps other people
  • Completion possible within a year
  • Study a degree without A Levels
  • Affordable payment options
  • Learn at home
  • No exams
 

About your Diploma

 
If you’re looking for a rewarding career, becoming a Social Worker is probably one of the best ways you can help other people. By working in this role, you are directly involved in supporting at-risk individuals in your community.
 
This can no doubt be challenging, but with your help, people can be removed from harmful situations and be put on a care plan that is tailored to their specific needs. The sole focus of this line of work is support, so as a Social Worker, your main goal is to improve the lives of those who need it.  
 
If this sounds like something you would find fulfilling, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is the perfect place to get started. Being solely focussed on this career path, the knowledge you gain from the course is equivalent to three A Levels, which is what is traditionally required to study a social work degree. 
 
As a Social Worker, the support you provide can take many forms and is largely dictated by the individual’s needs and the areas of their lives that they want to support. Throughout your Access to HE Diploma, you will come to understand the many reasons people need external support, as well as the red flags that can indicate someone is at-risk. 
 
You will learn about everything from the role of the Social Worker to moral dilemmas and social work practice. Giving you an ideal foundation of knowledge that you can build on with further study at the higher level. For more information on what you’ll explore in the course, see the ‘Modules’ tab.
 
Another highly desirable aspect of this course, besides the detailed education it provides, is that it can be studied from home. Allowing you to work toward the next stage of your education on your terms. 
 

Getting Started

 
learndirect is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
Studied completely online, the flexibility of this course enables you to work towards your future career outside of your current commitments. So, no matter if it’s a full-time job or childcare, you can complete your course around them. 
 
An Individual Learning Plan will be issued, containing submission deadlines for your assignments to help keep you on track. You will have up to two years to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma. Though, the freedom to move through the course at your pace sees most of our students complete them within 9-12 months. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course. 

Modules

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas. 

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment  

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing 

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing
  • Understand the expression of feelings and emotions and how these could be managed
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed

Unit 4: Introduction to Psychology  

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research

Unit 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance

Unit 6: Introduction to Social Work

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the historical development of social work
  • Understand the role of the social worker
  • Understand how social work services are organised in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector
  • Understand the main purposes and values of social work

Unit 7: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues

Unit 8: Sociology of the Family

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist and interactionist views

Unit 9: Contemporary Issues in Social Policy

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand current issues in social policy
  • Understand current legislation in relation to current issues in social policy
  • Understand the economic context of a contemporary issue

Unit 10: Morals and Ethics in Social Work

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand ethics and ethical issues in social work practice
  • Understand moral dilemmas and social work practice

Unit 11: Sociology of Health

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand concepts and models of health
  • Understand the social construction of health and ill health
  • Understand alternative approaches to health

Unit 12: Combating Prejudice and Discrimination

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand theoretical explanations for prejudice and discrimination
  • Understand legislative responses to discrimination and prejudice
  • Understand community initiatives in combating discrimination and prejudice

Unit 13: Abnormal Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders

Unit 14: Understanding Poverty

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand definitions of poverty
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty

Unit 15: Social Work Methods

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the concept of planned intervention
  • Understand the purpose and principles of social work assessments
  • Understand the range of methods used in social work assessments
  • Understand social work intervention methods

Unit 16: The Brain & Nervous System (Psychology)

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

Unit 17: Personal Social Services

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the varying nature of social work provision for children and adults
  • Understand the roles of the voluntary and private sector in the provision of welfare
  • Understand the welfare needs of various groups

Unit 18: Psychobiology of Stress

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand methods used to reduce stress

Unit 19: Equality of Opportunities in Practice

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the main aspects of the legal framework which identify rights and responsibilities about equality of opportunities
  • Understand how to promote equality of opportunities, inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace

Requirements

You can get started on your Access to Higher Education Diploma right away, but when you come to apply to university, you will need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. As these commonly feature on the entry requirements list for most degrees.
 
Should you not have these qualifications when you start your Access to HE Diploma, you can work towards them at the same time. Which is something many of our learners do successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying. 
 
It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. 
In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • A face-to-face interview at the university 
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience 
  • GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)
It’s up to you to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

Assessment

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Social Work). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

 

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

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: (40012578). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

The careers an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) and a subsequent social work degree can lead to are incredibly broad. Social work in itself takes numerous forms and depending on your interests and abilities, you could focus your efforts on supporting children, people with disabilities, the elderly, individuals with mental health issues or people suffering from drug and alcohol misuse.
 
Social Workers cover a large range of sectors in society, including:
  • Youth and community work
  • Mental health care
  • Palliative care
  • Elderly care provision
  • Young offenders
  • Education services
  • Working with people with disabilities
  • Drug and alcohol misusers 
 
As such, the type of role you can work in will vary depending on your specific focus. During your training to become a Social Worker you will get the opportunity to work with several different at-risk groups. This will help you get an understanding of what it takes to be a Social Worker in each of these fields. From there you can position your new career to work in that area of social services.
You could become a:
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Child Social Worker
  • Hospital Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Homelessness Officer
  • Daycare Social Worker 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

 
As such a diverse area of work, there are many ways you can progress your career. You could study a specific area of social work to transition into another avenue of support. Or you could become a specialist in your field and take on more organisational responsibilities in terms of running practices.
 
You could also study courses in leadership and management that would help you progress to a management position or become a Senior Social Worker, where you would supervise a larger network of social care in the local community. With experience, you could progress to director level.
 
If you’re happy to go back to university to get postgraduate qualifications, you could advance your career by taking higher level social care qualifications. With these, you can transition to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) or a Best Interests Assessor (BIA). 
 
Alternatively, you could study the ProfDE that is delivered by the British Association of Social Workers, after which you could progress to:
  • Social work management
  • A senior practitioner
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Specialising in a social sector
  • Becoming a social work director
  • Running an NHS Trust

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