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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

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

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

Social work is a challenging yet fulfilling career that requires dedicated, caring and well-prepared workers. Improving the lives of vulnerable people, becoming a support, but also an advocate for the most disadvantaged social groups of our society and having the resilience to stand for the rights of others is no easy task. That is why this Access to HE Diploma helps you prepare for one of the most rewarding careers: social work.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) provides students with the founding blocks in social work theory and practice, psychology and sociology. Access to HE Diplomas have been specifically designed for those that lack the formal qualifications for higher education. Therefore, it will prepare you for the demands of university study, with modules on study skills, whilst exploring at length the topic of your choice.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

You will embark on this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) from the comfort of your own home, through our engaging online learning platform. There are no set classes to attend and you will be responsible for your own schedule. This will allow you to develop strong organisation abilities and independent study skills. These qualities will serve you throughout your undergraduate degree and any other higher education pathway you pursue.

Enrolling on an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is very straightforward. You will have instant access to all learning materials so you can start learning immediately. As well as this, you will have the constant support of your expert tutors and a friendly virtual community of students. Tutors are available via phone, email and through your online learning platform, to offer guidance and feedback at any stage of your learning.

Distance learning is the most flexible form of study, allowing you to attend to other commitments such as work or family life, while improving your qualifications. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) can be completed in as little as 6 months, or it can take as long as 2 years. The maximum allocated time to complete your studies will be outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). On average, students dedicate approximately 8 or 9 months to their Access to HE Diplomas.
 

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

In order to help you get the most out of this qualification, your learning will be assessed at the end of each study unit. The assessments are then evaluated and graded by your tutor. By providing feedback at the end of each unit, you will be able to improve with each study session and gain the best number of credits to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work).

To achieve this access to social work qualification, you will need to gain 60 credits in total. Of these, 45 credits will be drawn from graded units regarding academic subject content, while the remaining 15 represent ungraded units, included to help you hone your study skills.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Upon successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work), you will have the social theory knowledge and skill confidence to pursue a higher education degree. You are not obliged to gain an undergraduate diploma, if you do not wish. The content covered in this qualification will provide you with enough insight into social work to broaden your career horizon on its own.

If you continue your studies with an accredited degree, you will be eligible to gain qualified status as a social worker. The type of health and care professions you can consider after taking an Access to HE Diploma in Social Work include:

  • Senior Social Worker
  • Research Social Worker
  • Mediator

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

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.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study a Social Work related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These ‘variable’ admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  1. Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit of above.
  2. Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University
  3. Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  4. Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.
  5. Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the diploma and unit choices within meet each set of entry requirements. 

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, Stonebridge Associated College will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

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: 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 ideas and issues in reponding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

 

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: 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: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: The Origins of The Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term welfare state
  • Know the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society
  • Explain and discuss early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society
  • Recognise the significance of the Beveridge Report.
  • Recognise the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address.

 

Unit 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 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: 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.

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).

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

Social work is a challenging yet fulfilling career that requires dedicated, caring and well-prepared workers. Improving the lives of vulnerable people, becoming a support, but also an advocate for the most disadvantaged social groups of our society and having the resilience to stand for the rights of others is no easy task. That is why this Access to HE Diploma helps you prepare for one of the most rewarding careers: social work.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) provides students with the founding blocks in social work theory and practice, psychology and sociology. Access to HE Diplomas have been specifically designed for those that lack the formal qualifications for higher education. Therefore, it will prepare you for the demands of university study, with modules on study skills, whilst exploring at length the topic of your choice.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

You will embark on this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) from the comfort of your own home, through our engaging online learning platform. There are no set classes to attend and you will be responsible for your own schedule. This will allow you to develop strong organisation abilities and independent study skills. These qualities will serve you throughout your undergraduate degree and any other higher education pathway you pursue.

Enrolling on an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is very straightforward. You will have instant access to all learning materials so you can start learning immediately. As well as this, you will have the constant support of your expert tutors and a friendly virtual community of students. Tutors are available via phone, email and through your online learning platform, to offer guidance and feedback at any stage of your learning.

Distance learning is the most flexible form of study, allowing you to attend to other commitments such as work or family life, while improving your qualifications. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) can be completed in as little as 6 months, or it can take as long as 2 years. The maximum allocated time to complete your studies will be outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). On average, students dedicate approximately 8 or 9 months to their Access to HE Diplomas.
 

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

In order to help you get the most out of this qualification, your learning will be assessed at the end of each study unit. The assessments are then evaluated and graded by your tutor. By providing feedback at the end of each unit, you will be able to improve with each study session and gain the best number of credits to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work).

To achieve this access to social work qualification, you will need to gain 60 credits in total. Of these, 45 credits will be drawn from graded units regarding academic subject content, while the remaining 15 represent ungraded units, included to help you hone your study skills.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Upon successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work), you will have the social theory knowledge and skill confidence to pursue a higher education degree. You are not obliged to gain an undergraduate diploma, if you do not wish. The content covered in this qualification will provide you with enough insight into social work to broaden your career horizon on its own.

If you continue your studies with an accredited degree, you will be eligible to gain qualified status as a social worker. The type of health and care professions you can consider after taking an Access to HE Diploma in Social Work include:

  • Senior Social Worker
  • Research Social Worker
  • Mediator

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

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.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study a Social Work related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These ‘variable’ admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  1. Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit of above.
  2. Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University
  3. Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  4. Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.
  5. Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the diploma and unit choices within meet each set of entry requirements. 

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, Stonebridge Associated College will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

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: 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 ideas and issues in reponding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

 

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: 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: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: The Origins of The Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term welfare state
  • Know the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society
  • Explain and discuss early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society
  • Recognise the significance of the Beveridge Report.
  • Recognise the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address.

 

Unit 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 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: 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.

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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