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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

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 social course as a route into a full degree. However, it’s also beneficial if you’re looking to go directly into employment, where a Level 3 qualification is required.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) covers areas from a range of social work-related topics including social work theory and practice, psychology, sociology as well as core study skills.

You’ll also pick up and learn organisational skills, time management skills and the ability to research on your own. This is important as social workers need to be able to manage heavy workloads at times and use their time effectively. They also need to keep up-to-date notes and records for other professionals to access.

Remember that this is distance learning so the Access to HE Diplomas fits into your life rather than the other way around. You can choose how long you'd like to study your Diploma for - after a short amount of time on the course you’ll be capable of things you hadn't previously thought possible.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

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.

How will my Access to Higher Education Diploma be assessed?

Your Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) 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.

What happens after the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

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 in 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 the Access to HE Diploma 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