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Social Work Pathway
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Social Work Pathway - Access to Higher Education Diploma

Do you want a career that improves the lives of vulnerable people? Do you have the drive and resilience to make a stand for what is right? Do you currently fall short of the entry requirements for a degree in social work? If you answered yes to all of these questions, an Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) could be the next step for you. Social work is a challenging and fulfilling profession which is in need of meticulous, dedicated workers. If you think you could make it as a social worker, studying with Stonebridge is guaranteed way to make it happen.

The qualification we offer has been designed especially to prepare students for the demands of undergraduate study in a social work field. Stonebridge’s Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) provides students with a foundation of knowledge in a number of important areas. Students can expect to study modules in social work theory and practice, psychology and sociology. They will also develop their core study skills by completing units in academic writing and independent research.

Our Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) is a distance learning course. Learning in this way allows you to develop your organisational abilities and become independent thinkers. These qualities will be essential whilst studying towards your degree and even more important when you begin your career in social work. Distance learning also allows you the flexibility you need to succeed. You can study from home, online, at a time that is convenient for you. What’s more is that there are no set classes you must attend. At Stonebridge we believe that student-led learning is the key to success.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Once you have enrolled on your Access to HE Diploma (Social Work), the rest of the process is pretty straightforward. We supply all of our aspiring social workers with all the relevant information and useful study tips. As well as this, you will have unlimited access to our online course materials and the constant help and support of our expert tutors. Our tutors are contactable via phone, email and our online platform, PEARL, and will be there to guide you through study methods and help you if things ever get tough.

Distance learning offers students a great deal of flexibility. This means that our social work students can study where and when they choose. While this type of learning is beneficial for most students, it does take an amount of self-discipline on the student’s behalf. All of our distance learners should make sure they are finding time to get the work done and meeting targets.

How long it takes you to complete your Access course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your Access course is six months.

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). For each unit you study in your course, you will be required to complete an assessment. These assessments will be marked and graded by one of our tutors, who will also provide useful feedback to help you improve next time. You will then be awarded a number of credits. In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve 60 credits in total. Of these 60 credits, 45 will be drawn from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to refine and build on your study skills.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

After successfully completing your Access to HE Diploma (Social Work), you should be feeling ready to begin studying at an undergraduate level. If you do decide however, that you don’t want to continue studying, your Level 3 qualification will certainly broaden your career prospects.

Those who do go on to complete a HCPC accredited degree course will be eligible to register as qualified social workers. Once that’s done, individuals can begin working to support a variety of people including the elderly, teenagers, young offenders, families, refugees or asylum seekers. Social workers are needed in lots of different sectors. Once you graduate you could be working for:

  • An NHS Trust
  • A local authority
  • The voluntary sector
  • Private sector


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If you are ready to take the next step click on the "ENROL" button below or request a callback from one of our careers advisors for more information


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We’ve tried to make it easy as possible for you to register onto one of our courses. We understand that not everyone always has the cash needed, to pay for their course upfront, at the time when they want to start their course. So we offer different ways to pay to help you spread the cost over a longer period.

We also allow you to choose whether you want to study your course via the traditional paper based method or online study where you have access to all your course materials immediately. When you proceed through the checkout process you will be given the option to select your preferred method of study.

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If you opt to study via the paper based method there is an additional postage charge which will be highlighted during the checkout. (Royal Mail First Class = £10 per course or Royal Mail Second Class = £5 per course).

Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, there is Government funding available for doing this course...

You can choose to fund this course privately, yourself, or you could get a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. Stonebridge has partnered with Dimensions Training Solutions, who are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. Through Dimensions Training Solutions, you can access your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, if you meet the criteria. The two main conditions are:

  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • You need to be a UK citizen.

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** All Access to Higher Education Diplomas on the Stonebridge website are delivered by Dimensions Training Solutions.

Dimensions Training Solutions are rated "Good" by Ofsted

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