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Access to University (Social Work) - Level 3

Overview

If you want to make a positive difference in the community, a career as a social worker could be a perfect choice for you.

Access to University (Social Work) is specifically designed for adults who have been out of formal education for some time, but want to enter university-level courses. The course is made up of various modules designed to prepare you for the demands of higher-level study. You will become a critical thinker, develop writing techniques and research skills. 

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded an Access to Higher Education Social Science Diploma. Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) designs and validates Access to Higher Education Diplomas. To find out more visit www.cava.ac.uk

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Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years of age to enrol on an Access to University course.
  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above.
  • Students are strongly recommended to secure work placement in a social work setting.

Don’t have the entry requirements for an Access to University course? Why not consider the Pre-Access to University course?

This course will provide you with the entry requirements to progress onto an Access to University course of your choice. The Pre-Access course provides GCSE English and GCSE maths plus a wrap-around qualification featuring research skills, revision techniques, advice on applying to university and work experience. This course is ideal for those who are returning to education with the view to progress to university. 

If you are interested in the Pre-Access course, please apply here

How long is the course?

Our Access to University courses can be studied within one academic year – up to 450 hours of class time.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include: essays, reports, presentations, and group exercises. These are all designed to develop those skills required for higher level study.

What does the course lead to?

Careers in youth work, probation, social care, youth justice, psychology, sociology and criminology. Salaries in social work usually start between £19,500-£25,000, in youth work around £21,000 and probation £21,000-£27,000.

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules which include:

  • Study skills
  • Individual research project in a social work-related field
  • Social policy
  • Law
  • Equal opportunities
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

How do I apply?

It's easy to apply online using our simple step-by-step application form.

We will then get in touch to arrange an interview before starting the course.

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