Mode of study:
Access to Social Work
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 courses are designed to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress to a degree or diploma course in higher education. These courses enable adults who do not have the necessary level 3 qualifications (such as ‘A’ levels) required to enter higher education to acquire the Access to HE Diploma, which is equivalent in standard to these qualifications.
This is a qualification designed for:
- Adults with a current or previous role or interest in Social Work, Youth and Community Work, Social Policy, Psychology and Sociology.
- Adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a Social Work related profession.
- You will be required to have some work experience such as a support worker or a care worker.
- Social workers, counsellors and occupational therapists they’re jobs which involve a lot of contact with a range of different people so good communication skills are key.
Access to University is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full attendance (100%) throughout the course.
Good English and Maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects therefore, Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.
Academic and tutorial support is given throughout the course, and you’ll receive help and advice with your university application throughout the UCAS process.
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.
- Students are supported by London South Bank University and attend a two-day programme to get a head start in their Extended Project module of the Access to HE Diploma.
- The course will help you to develop the essential academic skills of critical thinking, evaluation and analysis. All of which will prepare you for independent study at university.
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.
Career Opportunities & Further Study
Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Social Work. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Social Work, Youth and Community Work, Social Policy, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology and other related degrees. In addition, some colleges offer internal progression to, for example, to their Higher National Diplomas in Health and Social Care.
In addition, internal progression to the Foundation Degree in Public Health and Social Care at the Croydon’s University Centre, progressing towards their career goals in friendly and familiar surroundings.
On this course you will develop your knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of sociology, psychology and social work theory. You will study real cases and will explore the role of social workers with children and families as well as vulnerable adults and the elderly.
- The Access to Social Work course are delivered over two days.
- Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods: formal reports, presentations, written assessments, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, exams, case studies and reflective statements.
Ideally you will already have a Level 2 English and Maths qualification at the start of the programme. However all applicants will be required to take an English and Mathematics paper-based assessment, regardless of previous qualifications and must achieve a Level 2 in English and a Level 2 in Mathematics to be accepted on this course.
- You will need to sit an assessment and depending on your results, you could study at least one Level 2 Functional Skills course alongside Access. This option is intensive, so you’ll need to be committed to studying the extra hours.
Universities are increasingly asking for GCSEs or Functional Skills as part of their entry criteria and 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 needs. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.
- All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that the course is the right choice based on previous educational and work experience. Every student will need to provide at least one satisfactory reference to support their application.
You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria.
- Click here to check if you’re eligible before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
- Apply for the Advanced Learner Loan – click here
- Contact Student Finance – Click here
Repaying your loan:
Access to Higher Education (HE) course: Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.
There may be financial support to help with childcare. Please check with MIS or Senior Management Team.
How To Apply
Use the below link to apply for the above course.