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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

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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)

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 foundations in social work theory and practice, psychology and sociology. Access to HE Diplomas have been specifically designed for those that lack the formal qualifications needed to enter higher education. Therefore, the course will prepare you for the demands of university study as it includes units about study skills as well as exploring different topics associated with Social Work.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

You will embark on the 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 study schedule. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies.. 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 able to 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) be completed within two years. However, most students complete their course within 9-12 months.

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 marked and graded by your tutor. By providing feedback at the end of each unit, you will be able to improve your academic writing skills as well as your knowledge and understanding of the different subject areas included in the course.

To achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Social Work), you will need to gain 60 credits in total. Of these, 45 credits will be drawn from graded units relating to academic subject areas, while the remaining 15 credits are ungraded units designed to help you to build a solid foundation of 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 knowledge of social theory and the skills needed to study at undergraduate degree level. If you continue to higher education, you will then be able to attain approved Social Worker status. You could then progress to careers such as Senior Social Worker, Mediator, Research Social Worker.

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 GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Social Work (or similar) degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own entry requirements, 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 or distinction.
  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 Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2.

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 Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university 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 Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student 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 foundations in social work theory and practice, psychology and sociology. Access to HE Diplomas have been specifically designed for those that lack the formal qualifications needed to enter higher education. Therefore, the course will prepare you for the demands of university study as it includes units about study skills as well as exploring different topics associated with Social Work.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

You will embark on the 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 study schedule. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies.. 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 able to 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) be completed within two years. However, most students complete their course within 9-12 months.

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 marked and graded by your tutor. By providing feedback at the end of each unit, you will be able to improve your academic writing skills as well as your knowledge and understanding of the different subject areas included in the course.

To achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Social Work), you will need to gain 60 credits in total. Of these, 45 credits will be drawn from graded units relating to academic subject areas, while the remaining 15 credits are ungraded units designed to help you to build a solid foundation of 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 knowledge of social theory and the skills needed to study at undergraduate degree level. If you continue to higher education, you will then be able to attain approved Social Worker status. You could then progress to careers such as Senior Social Worker, Mediator, Research Social Worker.

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 GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Social Work (or similar) degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own entry requirements, 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 or distinction.
  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 Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2.

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 Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university 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 Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student 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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