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Access to Social Welfare / Social Work

Level 3
34 weeks
Telephone: 01792 284000 (Tycoch)



The Access Diploma to HE Social Welfare / Social Work course is a successful programme that prepares mature students, or students who wish to change career, for higher education either vocational or academic.

The course is mainly academically based with study skills units embedded, preparing students for higher education. Units studied in the course are listed below:

  • Introduction to political ideas
  • Social and welfare policy
  • Theories of poverty in Britain
  • Discrimination
  • Introduction to criminology
  • Social dimensions to crime and justice
  • Race in British society
  • Socialisation and culture
  • Research skills
  • Reporting research
  • Human development – life stages
  • Sociology of the family
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychology and the management of stress
  • Essential skills ICT presentation skills
  • Essential access study skills
  • Revision and exam skills
  • Written communication.

Rules of Combination (RoC) for AHE Diploma (Social Care)

Level 2

Mathematics = 9

Total Level 2 = 9

Level 3

Communication skills for Access to Higher Education HC83CY007 = 3

Delivering an Oral Presentation HC73CY142 = 3

Total Level 3 = 6

Updated January 2021



Key information

Applicants either need to complete a pre-access course or successfully complete an entry assessment.

The course is delivered through taught lessons, lectures, guest speakers, clinical demonstrations / observations as well as informal discussions and question and answer sessions. 

The course is assessed through the submission of essays, reports, and portfolios of work. Students will also be assessed through presentations and timed assessments within the classroom. 

Alongside the Access Diploma students applying for the social work degree have to provide (210 hour) evidence of practical experience through either paid work or volunteering.

Possible progression is HE courses.

The course gives students the academic requirements to progress to university to study social work, social policy, youth work, criminology, psychology, teacher training and many other undergraduate degree programmes.

Students have  been known to progress within current employment after completing the course and some students have gained employment in the field of health care assistant / support worker, youth work or teaching assistant.