Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) - online for Adults

Course Code: Q267427

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    Access to Higher Education

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    £3,022.00 or Free

Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) - Online

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.

The course is made up of 20 units:

  • preparing to study
  • academic writing skills
  • preparing a written assignment
  • independent research
  • progressing to higher education
  • introduction to sociology
  • social factors in health care
  • poverty & health
  • sociology of health
  • sociology of the family
  • introduction to social work
  • morals and ethics in social work
  • anti-oppressive practice
  • combating prejudice & discrimination
  • personal social services
  • contemporary issues in social policy
  • foundations of social policy
  • the origins of the Welfare State
  • introduction to psychology
  • the brain & nervous system.

If you're a UK resident aged 19 or over then you may have pay your own fees but you can apply for the government backed Advanced Learner Loan. This will be paid back in monthly instalments but the payments only begin once you've finished the Access to HE diploma and are earning over over a certain amount - please check here for up-to-date details.

Ideally, once you've finished the Access to HE diploma you'll then go on to complete a higher education (HE) qualification, such as a degree course. The outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will then be written off.

We understand that with the time constraints of home and work life, our students don’t have to wait until September to enrol on a course and start studying. You can start your studies with us as soon as you enrol. Additionally, to save you even more time, there will be no classes to attend. Your entire qualification can be completed from the comfort of your own home, as and when you like.

At the end of your completed course, you will have a varied choice of careers or progression opportunities.

This programme is suitable for adult returners to learning or those with few or no traditional qualifications to help you prepare for higher education and university.

This is a recognised entry qualification to universities and colleges across the United Kingdom.

You are required to have a GCSE in maths and English at grade C/4 or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English.

You will study this course fully online. You will be supported by an online tutor.

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.

School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies. If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived: Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support. You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course). * If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement. It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

Your Access to HE diploma and the way it is delivered within an innovative learning platform and 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 for thousands of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

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