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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

Overview

Do you want a career that really matters? Are you a good problem solver with great people skills? If so, you could make an amazing social worker. However, in order to begin practicing in this field, you will need to achieve a degree. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) has been designed for people who want to go to university and study social work, but do not already have the A-levels they need to enrol on an undergraduate course.

Check your course is right for you

University entrance criteria varies, so it is always advisable to check with the university of your choice, that your diploma will be accepted for the particular degree course you would like to study in the future. Some universities will make offers, in advance, so you can plan ahead. We can liaise with your chosen university, if necessary, to provide any information they require.

During the course of this Access to HE Diploma, you will start building up a foundation of knowledge in social work; learning about practice, theory, psychology and sociology. You will also spend time developing fundamental study skills like organisation, time management and research. These skills will help to prepare you for the challenges of university level study, and will prove useful in your future social work career.

How does the course work?

Unlike a traditional college course, our Access to HE Diplomas are delivered via distance learning. This means that you will be able to access all of the materials online, from the comfort of your own home. The good thing about studying remotely is that you don’t have to worry about attending classes and you can fit your learning around your prior commitments. Another bonus is that once you enrol, you can start learning right away. Working at your own speed, you can choose to finish your qualification in as little as 6 months, or you can take longer and complete it in 18 months.

Modules

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback.

Unit 2: 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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

Unit 3: 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 4: Roles, Responsibilities & Relationships in Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the teacher/mentor/trainer
  • Understand the professional relationships between teachers and trainers engaged in education.
  • Understand the importance and use of Teacher’s Standards.
  • Understand the importance of continued professional development for education staff.

Unit 5: The Developing Child

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the stages of development of children from birth to 18 years.
  • Understand the stages of cognitive development of children from birth to 18 years
  • Understand factors which affect social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in children from birth to 18 years.

Unit 6: Influences on Educational Achievement

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the differences in educational achievement between different groups.
  • Understand measures to address differences in educational achievement.

Unit 7: The Psychology of Learning 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theories of learning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different learning and teaching styles

Unit 8: The Human Nutrition and the Digestive System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system
  • Understand nutrients and their sources
  • Understand the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

Unit 9: Theories of Child Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand Piaget’s theory of development.
  • Understand the major criticisms of Piaget’s work in child development.
  • Understand alternative theories of development.
  • Understand how stages of development link to practical situations.

Unit 10: Language acquisition

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the stages of development on children’s language.
  • Understand the contrasting views on language acquisition.

Unit 11: The Development of Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes and developments in the educational system.
  • Understand contrasting theories of the role of education in society.
  • Understand the relationships between educational opportunity, social class, gender and ethnicity.

Unit 12:  Developmental Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development.
  • Understand explanations of the development of individual differences.

Unit 13: Disability and Special Education Needs

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the different types of disability and special education needs.
  • Understand key features of the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for working with learners with disabilities and special education needs.
  • Understand the planning approaches used in the classroom to support inclusive learning involving learners with disabilities and special education needs.

Unit 14: Play

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand types and the value of play.
  • Understand the theories of play in relation to children’s life stages.
  • Be able to plan, deliver and review an activity linked to a theory of play, which meets an intended learner’s needs.

Unit 15: Short story

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand narrative elements of the story.
  • Understand textual features and language.
  • Understand the influence of social and historical factors on the text.
  • Know how to make a personal response to the text.
  • Know how to use supporting evidence.

Unit 16: Managing Behaviour in the Classroom

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of maintaining a positive learning environment in a classroom.
  • Understand how to maintain a positive learning environment
  • Understand some of the underlying causes of behavioural problems as displayed in the classroom.
  • Understand methods for managing pupil behaviour.

Unit 17: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive tract throughout life
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to puberty

Unit 18: Sociology of Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socializing agency.
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society.
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy.

Unit 19: Equality of Opportunities

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.

Unit 20: Safeguarding in Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the development of legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding learners in education.
  • Be able to categorise different types and recognise indicators of, abuse.
  • Understand policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding in an educational institution, and their use.
  • Understand how different agencies work together to safeguard learners in education.
  • Understand the importance of application of accepted Codes of Practice in classroom practice.

Requirements

Anyone planning to begin an Access to HE Diploma must have a GSCE in maths and English at grade C or above. This is because universities will usually request these grades as a minimum requirement for entrance on to their courses.

Although Access to HE courses fulfils the entry requirements for most higher education institutions, we would like to remind learndirect students to double check with the university they wish to attend. This is because each university may have its own list of specialised requirements which students are expected to meet. Examples of such requirements include but are not limited to:

  1. Having achieved a certain number of credits at a merit or a distinction.
     
  2. Attending and passing a face-to-face interview at the university.
     
  3. Passing a literacy or numeracy test provided by the university.
     
  4. Completion of a work placement or period of work experience specified by the uni.
     
  5. 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. In every case, the individual learner is responsible for researching the university’s entrance criteria and meeting the requirements. 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.

Assessment

For every module you study, you will be required to complete an assignment. Assignments vary and could come in the form of a series of questions, an essay or an academic report. Each assignment will be marked and graded by your tutor and then returned to you along with useful feedback and tips for improvement. From these assessments you will earn a number of credits.

Altogether you will need 60 credits to achieve your Access to HE Diploma. Of the 60, 45 will be taken from the graded, academic modules about social work. The remaining 15 credits will be taken from the ungraded units which focus on study skills. You must complete both the graded and ungraded sections of the course. We also advise that you check the entry criteria of you chosen university so you can ensure you can gain the requisite number of credits.

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: (40010466).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.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

Do you want a career that really matters? Are you a good problem solver with great people skills? If so, you could make an amazing social worker. However, in order to begin practicing in this field, you will need to achieve a degree. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) has been designed for people who want to go to university and study social work, but do not already have the A-levels they need to enrol on an undergraduate course.

Check your course is right for you

University entrance criteria varies, so it is always advisable to check with the university of your choice, that your diploma will be accepted for the particular degree course you would like to study in the future. Some universities will make offers, in advance, so you can plan ahead. We can liaise with your chosen university, if necessary, to provide any information they require.

During the course of this Access to HE Diploma, you will start building up a foundation of knowledge in social work; learning about practice, theory, psychology and sociology. You will also spend time developing fundamental study skills like organisation, time management and research. These skills will help to prepare you for the challenges of university level study, and will prove useful in your future social work career.

How does the course work?

Unlike a traditional college course, our Access to HE Diplomas are delivered via distance learning. This means that you will be able to access all of the materials online, from the comfort of your own home. The good thing about studying remotely is that you don’t have to worry about attending classes and you can fit your learning around your prior commitments. Another bonus is that once you enrol, you can start learning right away. Working at your own speed, you can choose to finish your qualification in as little as 6 months, or you can take longer and complete it in 18 months.

Modules

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback.

Unit 2: 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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

Unit 3: 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 4: Roles, Responsibilities & Relationships in Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the teacher/mentor/trainer
  • Understand the professional relationships between teachers and trainers engaged in education.
  • Understand the importance and use of Teacher’s Standards.
  • Understand the importance of continued professional development for education staff.

Unit 5: The Developing Child

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the stages of development of children from birth to 18 years.
  • Understand the stages of cognitive development of children from birth to 18 years
  • Understand factors which affect social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in children from birth to 18 years.

Unit 6: Influences on Educational Achievement

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the differences in educational achievement between different groups.
  • Understand measures to address differences in educational achievement.

Unit 7: The Psychology of Learning 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theories of learning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different learning and teaching styles

Unit 8: The Human Nutrition and the Digestive System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system
  • Understand nutrients and their sources
  • Understand the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

Unit 9: Theories of Child Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand Piaget’s theory of development.
  • Understand the major criticisms of Piaget’s work in child development.
  • Understand alternative theories of development.
  • Understand how stages of development link to practical situations.

Unit 10: Language acquisition

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the stages of development on children’s language.
  • Understand the contrasting views on language acquisition.

Unit 11: The Development of Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes and developments in the educational system.
  • Understand contrasting theories of the role of education in society.
  • Understand the relationships between educational opportunity, social class, gender and ethnicity.

Unit 12:  Developmental Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development.
  • Understand explanations of the development of individual differences.

Unit 13: Disability and Special Education Needs

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the different types of disability and special education needs.
  • Understand key features of the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for working with learners with disabilities and special education needs.
  • Understand the planning approaches used in the classroom to support inclusive learning involving learners with disabilities and special education needs.

Unit 14: Play

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand types and the value of play.
  • Understand the theories of play in relation to children’s life stages.
  • Be able to plan, deliver and review an activity linked to a theory of play, which meets an intended learner’s needs.

Unit 15: Short story

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand narrative elements of the story.
  • Understand textual features and language.
  • Understand the influence of social and historical factors on the text.
  • Know how to make a personal response to the text.
  • Know how to use supporting evidence.

Unit 16: Managing Behaviour in the Classroom

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of maintaining a positive learning environment in a classroom.
  • Understand how to maintain a positive learning environment
  • Understand some of the underlying causes of behavioural problems as displayed in the classroom.
  • Understand methods for managing pupil behaviour.

Unit 17: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive tract throughout life
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to puberty

Unit 18: Sociology of Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socializing agency.
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society.
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy.

Unit 19: Equality of Opportunities

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.

Unit 20: Safeguarding in Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the development of legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding learners in education.
  • Be able to categorise different types and recognise indicators of, abuse.
  • Understand policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding in an educational institution, and their use.
  • Understand how different agencies work together to safeguard learners in education.
  • Understand the importance of application of accepted Codes of Practice in classroom practice.

Requirements

Anyone planning to begin an Access to HE Diploma must have a GSCE in maths and English at grade C or above. This is because universities will usually request these grades as a minimum requirement for entrance on to their courses.

Although Access to HE courses fulfils the entry requirements for most higher education institutions, we would like to remind learndirect students to double check with the university they wish to attend. This is because each university may have its own list of specialised requirements which students are expected to meet. Examples of such requirements include but are not limited to:

  1. Having achieved a certain number of credits at a merit or a distinction.
     
  2. Attending and passing a face-to-face interview at the university.
     
  3. Passing a literacy or numeracy test provided by the university.
     
  4. Completion of a work placement or period of work experience specified by the uni.
     
  5. 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. In every case, the individual learner is responsible for researching the university’s entrance criteria and meeting the requirements. 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.

Assessment

For every module you study, you will be required to complete an assignment. Assignments vary and could come in the form of a series of questions, an essay or an academic report. Each assignment will be marked and graded by your tutor and then returned to you along with useful feedback and tips for improvement. From these assessments you will earn a number of credits.

Altogether you will need 60 credits to achieve your Access to HE Diploma. Of the 60, 45 will be taken from the graded, academic modules about social work. The remaining 15 credits will be taken from the ungraded units which focus on study skills. You must complete both the graded and ungraded sections of the course. We also advise that you check the entry criteria of you chosen university so you can ensure you can gain the requisite number of credits.

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: (40010466).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.

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

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