Access to HE: Social Work and Counselling Level 3 Diploma
An Access course is for mature students (19+) who have been out of full-time education for one or more years and would like to go on to higher education but do not have the formal qualifications needed.
The Access to HE: Social Work and Counselling Level 3 Diploma pathway will offer a range of relevant, progressive and stimulating subjects including sociological perspectives, international relations and communication studies.
The subjects will give insight into the social life of human groups and individuals, and examine the causes and consequences of social change in the modern world.
19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19 or over, and you want to study an Access to Higher Education programme, you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees.
Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE programme, if you go on to complete a higher education/university level course. This means you do not have to repay it. If you don’t go on to study a higher education/university level course, you won’t need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725 per year. Contact us for more details.
Level 3 Entitlement fee remission: If you are aged 19–23 and this will be your first eligible, full Level 3 course, then you may be able to do this course for free.
You will study sociology and social policy plus communication studies (for the day group) or psychology (for the evening group).
Sociology will provide you with a firm understanding of society and how it operates. In Social Policy, we shall look at the Government policies which guide the work of social workers. One of the most important aspects of a social worker is the ability to understand clients and communicate with them and for them and students will find either communication studies or psychology helps with their clients.
As well as developing subject knowledge you will improve your communication, personal and study skills through a common core programme that also provides one-to-one tutorial support.
There will be the opportunity to gain GCSE maths and English as part of your programme, which is a requirement for a Social Work degree.
You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets. Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues.
Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications. Almost all our Access students progress to higher education. You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on projects. All of this is excellent preparation for higher education.
You will learn through a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as essays, reports, oral presentations and timed assessments.
In this pathway there is a very strong emphasis on working with others and developing effective communication skills.
You will regularly participate in a variety of group activities including group assessments. If you do not already have relevant work experience you will be encouraged and expected to seek a voluntary placement to support your higher education application.
Assessment on this programme is through a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).
Assessments are a mixture of:
- structured questions
To be eligible for a place on this programme, you must have at least GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C equivalent) or above, or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification.
*If you wish to go on to study a medicine degree, most universities require 5 GCSEs including English, maths and science at grades 7-9 (A-A* equivalent). Applicants are advised to contact their university of choice to confirm the criteria.
Applicants must be aged over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.
You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3 and may have the opportunity to retake either a maths or English GCSE alongside this course.
Don’t worry, most students are successful in the assessment process. Take a look at these English resources and maths resources to help you prepare.
If you don’t meet the entry criteria don’t worry, we have a range of one-year Pre-Access courses available to help you get started.
There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.