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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 100% online learning
  • 20 units
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

This Course at a Glance

  • Make the switch to a career in social work 
  • Get on the fast track to degree level study
  • Average completion time 9-12 months
  • Equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • Flexible payments
  • Learn at home
  • No exams
 

About your Diploma

If you want a career that is equally rewarding as it is important, becoming a Social Worker is the perfect way to tick these boxes. By making the decision to get qualified for this role, you will spend your professional life supporting at-risk individuals and those with identified needs in your community.
 
Social Workers help anyone from the elderly to children, and people with all manner of ability. They could be experiencing anything from homelessness to abuse or a sudden health diagnosis, which means your work will certainly have its challenges. Though, with your help, they can be removed from harmful situations and receive a care plan that will help them meet their goals.  
 
If you like the idea of helping others in need through your work, you will need to study a degree to become a Social Worker. Thankfully, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is equivalent to 3 A Levels and can help you meet the requirements for your degree.
 
As the course is solely focused on this career path, you will learn everything you need to hit the ground running on a social work course at university. If you have been out of education for some time, there are also modules that equip you with the study skills you will need. 
 
The other modules you will cover will help you understand the various reasons people require external support, as well as warning signs that can indicate someone is at risk. You will also study the role of the Social Worker and the moral dilemmas that can arise in this line of work. 
 
All of this and more will give you the ideal foundation of knowledge that you can build on with further study at university. For more information on what you’ll explore in the course, see the ‘Modules’ tab.
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is nationally recognised as a Level 3 qualification, and it is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
Your studies will be carried out online, so it provides you with complete flexibility to move through the modules at your pace. You will be given an Individual Learning Plan that outlines your assignment submission dates to keep you on track, but outside of this our learners on average complete their course within 9-12 months.  
 
You will have up to one year to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma, but the added benefit of studying when and where it suits you allows you to complete it much quicker. 
 
*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. 

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

n 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 been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

You can get started on your Access to Higher Education Diploma right away, but when it comes to applying to university, you will need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 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 is essential to note that each university 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 C/4 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. Stonebridge is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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.

 

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, interactionist and postmodern 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

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.

 

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96.00).
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

This Course at a Glance

  • Make the switch to a career in social work 
  • Get on the fast track to degree level study
  • Average completion time 9-12 months
  • Equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • Flexible payments
  • Learn at home
  • No exams
 

About your Diploma

If you want a career that is equally rewarding as it is important, becoming a Social Worker is the perfect way to tick these boxes. By making the decision to get qualified for this role, you will spend your professional life supporting at-risk individuals and those with identified needs in your community.
 
Social Workers help anyone from the elderly to children, and people with all manner of ability. They could be experiencing anything from homelessness to abuse or a sudden health diagnosis, which means your work will certainly have its challenges. Though, with your help, they can be removed from harmful situations and receive a care plan that will help them meet their goals.  
 
If you like the idea of helping others in need through your work, you will need to study a degree to become a Social Worker. Thankfully, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is equivalent to 3 A Levels and can help you meet the requirements for your degree.
 
As the course is solely focused on this career path, you will learn everything you need to hit the ground running on a social work course at university. If you have been out of education for some time, there are also modules that equip you with the study skills you will need. 
 
The other modules you will cover will help you understand the various reasons people require external support, as well as warning signs that can indicate someone is at risk. You will also study the role of the Social Worker and the moral dilemmas that can arise in this line of work. 
 
All of this and more will give you the ideal foundation of knowledge that you can build on with further study at university. For more information on what you’ll explore in the course, see the ‘Modules’ tab.
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is nationally recognised as a Level 3 qualification, and it is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
Your studies will be carried out online, so it provides you with complete flexibility to move through the modules at your pace. You will be given an Individual Learning Plan that outlines your assignment submission dates to keep you on track, but outside of this our learners on average complete their course within 9-12 months.  
 
You will have up to one year to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma, but the added benefit of studying when and where it suits you allows you to complete it much quicker. 
 
*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. 
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

n 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 been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

You can get started on your Access to Higher Education Diploma right away, but when it comes to applying to university, you will need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 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 is essential to note that each university 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 C/4 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. Stonebridge is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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.

 

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, interactionist and postmodern 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

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.

 

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96.00).
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