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  • 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 two years 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. 

On successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work), (QAA ref = 40014381), you will receive a Skills & Education Group Access, QAA recognised, Access to Higher Education Diploma at Level 3. 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.

An access validating agency with a strong social purpose to recognise achievement, particularly for those who have benefited least from their previous educational experiences, Skills and Education Group Access supports the needs of learners, providers, businesses and communities.

You must hold Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths, or be working towards them alongside studying your Access to Higher Education Diploma. You also need to have a UK address to enrol.

University Entry Criteria

It must be reiterated that each university will 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.

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In many cases, to get started on healthcare courses at university, 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 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)

It is your responsibility to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect will not be held accountable if completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

Minimum age restriction

This course is ideally suited to those who have completed full-time education but have not achieved the grades required to get into university.

Average completion timeframe

The average time it takes our learners to complete the course is 9-12 months.

Assessment requirements

A range of assessment methodologies are used, including: academic report, essay, case study analysis, academic poster, journal article, experiment, portfolio, academic poster, presentation (video and audio recording), academic writing skills tasks

Exams required

There are no exams included in the assessment of the course.

Membership required?

No membership is required to enrol on this course.

Additional requirements

Learners must be actively studying for a minimum of six months before results can be ratified and certificates ordered. The six month period does not start until you have passed unit 2 of your course and you must be submitting assignments regularly (in line with the deadlines in your Individual Learning Plan) to meet this six month requirement. Certificates can only be issued once your course is paid for in full.

Certification Timeframe

You can expect to receive your certificate 12-16 weeks from your final assignment being marked and graded, depending on the time of year. You will be provided with regular updates throughout the certification process so that you are fully informed of your individual timeframes.

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Unit 1: Writing and Studying Academic Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write academically and with relevance.
  • Be able to interpret and express ideas in a piece of academic work.
  • Be able to analyse and summarise text, and appreciate the problems caused by plagiarism.

Unit 2: Planning and Writing an Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select and assess appropriate source information in response to a task.
  • Be able to reference sources used in a recognised style.
  • Understand different reading strategies.
  • Be able to take effective notes.
  • Be able to plan, draft and produce a written assignment.

Unit 3: Resilience, Stress and Managing Emotions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand resilience and mental wellbeing including threats and strategies.
  • Understand the management of emotions and feelings and the impact of stress.

Unit 4: Exploring an Introduction to Psychological Research and Approaches

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand scientific research methods in the field of psychology.
  • Understand different psychological approaches to explaining behaviour.
  • Understand ethical issues connected with psychological research.

Unit 5: Exploring Theories of Crime and Deviancy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able explain of crime and deviance from a range of viewpoints.
  • Understand the social structural theoretical basis of crime and deviance.
  • Understand the media’s influence on perceptions of crime or deviance.

Unit 6: The Evolution and Structure of the Social Work Sector

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the history and evolution of social work.
  • Understand social workers role in the current day.
  • Understand the different structures of social work and social services in a range of sectors.
  • Understand the intent and values of the modern social work sector.

Unit 7: Models, Research and Application of Cognitive Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand contrasting psychological perspectives and research evidence in one area of cognition.
  • Be able to apply psychological research to real life.

Unit 8: Family Structure and Changes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family.
  • Understand a range of sociological explanations of the family.

Unit 9: Modern Social Policy in Context

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the current issues in social policy today.
  • Understand how legislation can affect social policy.
  • Be able to analyse social policy in the context of economics.

Unit 10: Morality and Ethical Challenges in Social Work Practice

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the ethical principles of social work practice.
  • Be able to find solutions to moral challenges arising in social work practice.

Unit 11: Concepts of Health and ill Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand a range of concepts and models of health.
  • Understand societal influences on definitions of health and ill health and links to social inequality.
  • Understand alternative approaches to healthcare.

Unit 12: Responding to Prejudice and Discrimination

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand theories for prejudice and discrimination.
  • Understand legal responses to discrimination and prejudice.
  • Understand community initiatives in overcoming discrimination and prejudice.

Unit 13: Introduction to Abnormality and Psychological Disorders

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the challenge of defining and diagnosing mental illness.
  • Understand a range of explanations for a chosen psychological disorder.
  • Understand the treatment of one psychological disorder.

Unit 14: Defining, Measuring and Explaining Poverty

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand different definitions of poverty.
  • Understand poverty measurement methods.
  • Understand the extent of poverty in the UK today.
  • Understand different sociological explanations of poverty.

Unit 15: Social Work Interventions and Assessments

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of planned intervention.
  • Understand how social work assessments and tools work and relate to theory.
  • Understand the effectiveness of social work assessments.
  • Understand different social work interventions.

Unit 16: Studying the Brain and Nervous System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of nervous system including key areas of the brain.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 17: Social Care Provisions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the adult and child social work provisions in the UK.
  • Understand the contributions of the voluntary and private sector in the provision of care.
  • Understand the differing welfare needs of groups of people.

Unit 18: Biological and Psychological Approaches to Stress

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential physiological and psychological stress responses.
  • Understand research into the link between stress and illness.
  • Understand an example of psychological and biological stress reduction strategies.

Unit 19: Promotion of Equal Opportunities, Inclusiveness and Diversity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand legislation pertaining to equal opportunities.
  • Understand the promotion of equality of opportunity, inclusiveness, and diversity in practice.

 

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 two years 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%

On successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work), (QAA ref = 40014381), you will receive a Skills & Education Group Access, QAA recognised, Access to Higher Education Diploma at Level 3. 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.

An access validating agency with a strong social purpose to recognise achievement, particularly for those who have benefited least from their previous educational experiences, Skills and Education Group Access supports the needs of learners, providers, businesses and communities.

Unit 1: Writing and Studying Academic Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write academically and with relevance.
  • Be able to interpret and express ideas in a piece of academic work.
  • Be able to analyse and summarise text, and appreciate the problems caused by plagiarism.

Unit 2: Planning and Writing an Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select and assess appropriate source information in response to a task.
  • Be able to reference sources used in a recognised style.
  • Understand different reading strategies.
  • Be able to take effective notes.
  • Be able to plan, draft and produce a written assignment.

Unit 3: Resilience, Stress and Managing Emotions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand resilience and mental wellbeing including threats and strategies.
  • Understand the management of emotions and feelings and the impact of stress.

Unit 4: Exploring an Introduction to Psychological Research and Approaches

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand scientific research methods in the field of psychology.
  • Understand different psychological approaches to explaining behaviour.
  • Understand ethical issues connected with psychological research.

Unit 5: Exploring Theories of Crime and Deviancy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able explain of crime and deviance from a range of viewpoints.
  • Understand the social structural theoretical basis of crime and deviance.
  • Understand the media’s influence on perceptions of crime or deviance.

Unit 6: The Evolution and Structure of the Social Work Sector

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the history and evolution of social work.
  • Understand social workers role in the current day.
  • Understand the different structures of social work and social services in a range of sectors.
  • Understand the intent and values of the modern social work sector.

Unit 7: Models, Research and Application of Cognitive Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand contrasting psychological perspectives and research evidence in one area of cognition.
  • Be able to apply psychological research to real life.

Unit 8: Family Structure and Changes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family.
  • Understand a range of sociological explanations of the family.

Unit 9: Modern Social Policy in Context

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the current issues in social policy today.
  • Understand how legislation can affect social policy.
  • Be able to analyse social policy in the context of economics.

Unit 10: Morality and Ethical Challenges in Social Work Practice

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the ethical principles of social work practice.
  • Be able to find solutions to moral challenges arising in social work practice.

Unit 11: Concepts of Health and ill Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand a range of concepts and models of health.
  • Understand societal influences on definitions of health and ill health and links to social inequality.
  • Understand alternative approaches to healthcare.

Unit 12: Responding to Prejudice and Discrimination

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand theories for prejudice and discrimination.
  • Understand legal responses to discrimination and prejudice.
  • Understand community initiatives in overcoming discrimination and prejudice.

Unit 13: Introduction to Abnormality and Psychological Disorders

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the challenge of defining and diagnosing mental illness.
  • Understand a range of explanations for a chosen psychological disorder.
  • Understand the treatment of one psychological disorder.

Unit 14: Defining, Measuring and Explaining Poverty

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand different definitions of poverty.
  • Understand poverty measurement methods.
  • Understand the extent of poverty in the UK today.
  • Understand different sociological explanations of poverty.

Unit 15: Social Work Interventions and Assessments

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of planned intervention.
  • Understand how social work assessments and tools work and relate to theory.
  • Understand the effectiveness of social work assessments.
  • Understand different social work interventions.

Unit 16: Studying the Brain and Nervous System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of nervous system including key areas of the brain.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 17: Social Care Provisions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the adult and child social work provisions in the UK.
  • Understand the contributions of the voluntary and private sector in the provision of care.
  • Understand the differing welfare needs of groups of people.

Unit 18: Biological and Psychological Approaches to Stress

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential physiological and psychological stress responses.
  • Understand research into the link between stress and illness.
  • Understand an example of psychological and biological stress reduction strategies.

Unit 19: Promotion of Equal Opportunities, Inclusiveness and Diversity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand legislation pertaining to equal opportunities.
  • Understand the promotion of equality of opportunity, inclusiveness, and diversity in practice.

 

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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