Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)

Overview

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is designed for students who are planning to further their education and plan a career related to Social Work. Many of our students study from home in their spare time and use this Access to Higher Education Diploma as a route into a full degree. However, it’s also beneficial if you’re looking to go directly into employment, where a Level 3 qualification is required.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) covers areas from a range of social work-related topics including social work theory and practice, psychology, sociology as well as core study skills.

You’ll also pick up and learn organisational skills, time management skills and the ability to research on your own. This is important as social workers need to be able to manage heavy workloads at times and use their time effectively. They also need to keep up-to-date notes and records for other professionals to access.

Remember that this is distance learning so our Access to Higher Education Diploma fits into your life rather than the other way around. You can choose how long you'd like to study your Access to Higher Education Diploma for. The minimum expected time a learner would take to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma is 9 months, the maximum is 2 years. After a short amount of time on the course you’ll be capable of things you hadn't previously thought possible.

How does my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) work?

All of our course materials are easy to understand, and provide you with a broad range of additional information to support your learning. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who’ll have regular contact with you via our platform, by phone, email or Skype. You’ll be responsible for setting your own study schedule to fit around your lifestyle and responsibilities; you can therefore study at your own pace and in your own way.

Whilst you will have a great deal of flexibility with your studies, you’ll need to develop the discipline to study independently as well as be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available. Contact is all available with fellow students via our unique platform, and through debates and forums where you can share thoughts and ideas.

How will my Access to Higher Education Diploma be assessed?

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma will be made up of a number of units, each of which will require you to complete an assignment. You’ll find ‘assessment planners’ included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your personal tutor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you’ve produced, and how you can improve.

All assignments provide the evidence required to award you with learning credits. You will need 60 credits to achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Of the 60 credits required, 15 will be ungraded and 45 will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What happens after the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

The main objective is for you to apply to a University and enrol on a Social Work related degree course. However, not all careers need a degree, and an Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) is also an excellent way to improve your job prospects.

If it’s your main goal to enrol on a degree course then our experience in distance learning and higher education means can make the difference. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are well suited to meet University entry requirements as well as preparing you for undergraduate study.

UCAS, (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a valuable source of information for all stages of university applications process, including what and where to study. Review the “what to study” unit on the UCAS website and watch the video.

After successfully completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) and/or achieving a degree you can then enter a profession within social work. You could care and support a variety of people including older people, teenagers, young offenders, families or Refugees and asylum seekers.

You could carve out your career and provide support or care for someone or a group of people, within a role in the:

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

Course modules

Module 1: Preparing to study

On completion of this module 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

Module 2: Academic writing skills

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism

Module 3:  Preparing a written assignment

On completion of this module 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

Module 4: Independent research

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Module 5: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application
  • Understand personal HE opportunities
  • Understand the financial implications of further study
  • Know how to apply for a course

Module 6:  Introduction to sociology

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the sociological approach and its distinction from common sense and other social sciences
  • Understand basic concepts in sociological explanation
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives
  • Understand concepts and perspectives relating to a specific social institution

Module 7:  Social factors in health care

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health
  • Understand the significance of social support networks in health care and maintenance

Module 8: Poverty & health

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand definitions of and explanations for poverty and health
  • Understand approaches to poverty and health
  • Understand the approaches to the social distribution of health chances

Module 9: Sociology of health

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand concepts and models of health
  • Understand the social construction of health and ill health
  • Understand alternative approaches to health

Module 10: Sociology of the family

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include functionalist, Marxist, feminist and interactionist views. 
  • Understand the nature and extent of changes within the family, with reference to gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships. 
  • Understand changing patterns of marriage, divorce, separation and child rearing. 

Module 11:  Introduction to social work

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the historical development of social work
  • Understand the roles and tasks of social workers
  • Understand the legal basis of social work
  • Understand how social work services are organised in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector
  • Understand the main purposes and values of social work

Module 12:  Morals and ethics in social work

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand ethics and ethical issues in social work practice
  • Understand moral dilemmas and social work practice

Module 13:  Anti-Oppressive practice

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the legal framework which identifies rights and responsibilities in relation to equal opportunities
  • Understand how individuals can be affected by oppression
  • Understand society’s and own stereotypes
  • Understand the use of positive action incountering oppression

Module 14: Combating prejudice & discrimination

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand theoretical explanations for prejudice and discrimination
  • Understand legislative responses to discrimination and prejudice
  • Understand community initiatives in

Module 15:  Personal social services

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the development of social care in Britain and the importance of legislation since 1945
  • Understand the varying nature of social work provision for children and adults
  • Understand the role of the independent sector in the provision of welfare
  • Understand the welfare requirements of various groups

Module 16:  Contemporary issues in social policy

On completion of this module 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. 

Module 17:  Foundations of social policy

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the historical origins of social policy in the U.K
  •  Understand the key influences on social policy in the 18th and 19th Centuries. 
  • Understand changes in the political order. 
  • Understand different types of voluntary action and role of poverty surveys. 

Module 18: The origins of the welfare state

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term social welfare
  • 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

Module 19: Introduction to psychology

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research

Module 20: The brain & nervous system

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

Requirements

All learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent qualification), a relevant NVQ at level 2 or above and aspire to study a related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to Higher Education Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each University has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at Merit or Distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. We strongly recommend learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full L2 NVQ qualification in a related subject.

Each learner must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. This research should be undertaken as soon as possible. learndirect will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to secure an offer from a Higher Education institution.

Assessment

After each graded and ungraded unit there will be an assignment which needs to be completed and submitted online to your assessor for marking. You'll find 'assessment planners' included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your assessor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you've produced, and how you can improve.

The assignments contain one or a combinations of 2 tasks that you need to complete. As an example this could be any combination of a short series of questions, an essay, an academic report or a presentation. Learners must work their way through their ungraded and graded course units and attempt to get as many “Distinction” credits as possible. These are important as a minimum amount maybe specified in your university degree entrance criteria.

This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 360 hrs.

Qualification number: 40004090

To gain the qualification you will need to successfully complete all the units in the course.
Please note: Online access is required in order to complete this course.

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: (400/0409/0).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands is 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. Open College Network West Midlands also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

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