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"Access To..."
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  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

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  • Duration:

    1 Year

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Course Overview

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students without traditional Level 3 qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university.

Our Access to Social Work course runs over one year and is ideal if you wish to progress to university to study on a range of social work or social science programmes. The diploma may also be a beneficial qualification if you are looking to go directly into employment, where Level 3 qualifications are required.

This is a qualification designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue a career as qualified social workers. The social work profession can be highly rewarding, but it can also be demanding and challenging. You should already be interested in social issues and politics.

You will study a variety of units which will cover subjects such as social work theory and practice, sociology, psychology, and academic practice.

Access to University is an intensive study programme, you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full attendance throughout the course.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

There may be opportunities for adult students to study English and maths as part of your programme, and the level and type of qualification will be selected to suit individual need.

Course Highlights

The staff on the programme are professionally qualified to a high standard and are both friendly and approachable. You will benefit from having a tutor who can provide not only academic support, but also pastoral advice and guidance when needed. One-to-one appointments with your tutor are a regular part of the course where there is opportunity to discuss your progress.

This intensive one year course will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the social work sector. You will have the chance to improve your study skills, including your written English and research techniques, in order to gain the confidence and experience you need to successfully apply to university. There is strong tutorial support on the course and our Employability Hub can assist with your application to Higher Education and preparing for your university interview.

Employer Links:

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning, with employers attending our popular employability events.

If you are 24 years old or over you might qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the course fees – see our Fees and funding page for more information.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

This Access Diploma will enable you to progress to a social work or social science degree programme whereby you can secure a dynamic career in this sector.

Many students choose to progress internally and continue to study their degrees at our University Centre, progressing towards their career goals in friendly and familiar surroundings.

Former students have gone on to further study or careers in probation services, social community care, social policy, and youth work, to name a few.


You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways, including essays, debates, and presentations as well as a major project at the end.

This course is wholly assignment based, with no exams.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be required to take an English and Mathematics assessment, regardless of previous qualifications. You must achieve a Level 2 in English and a Level 2 in Mathematics to be accepted on this course.

How To Apply

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