Access to Higher Education - Social Work (OCN) Level 3
All applications for this course must
be submitted before Friday 8th August.
Any applications received after this date will be:
- considered for entry onto the level 2, ‘Stepping up to Access’
- added to the reserve list for Level 3 Diploma
The aim of the course is to give mature
learners a second chance at education which will facilitate access
to Higher Educational programmes such as Social Work degrees,
HNC/HND Advanced Practice in working with Children and
Families. The course also enables students to develop confidence,
self-esteem and enhance their interpersonal skills. To achieve the
Access to HE Diploma, 60 Access credits are required, 45 of which
must be at level 3.
All modules are internally assessed and graded and internally
and externally moderated. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or
The course is made up as follows:
- Personal & Professional Development
- English & Communication
- Study Skills
Subject specific units from:
- Welfare and Social Policy
The course can be studied as follows
One year programme (Studying at Level
The course can be studied as follows:
12.5 hours per week of timetabled sessions
will be delivered using a blended approach which combines direct
tutor contact with distance learning using the college virtual
learning environment. In addition, you will be expected to
complete a minimum of 12 hours per week of independent study.
Course Entry Requirements
GCSE English at Grade C or above is essential,
GCSE in Maths at Grade C is preferred; however a Level 2 Maths
equivalent maybe accepted in some cases. Certain universities
also prefer a qualification in IT.
Applicants must be able to evidence a minimum
of 75 hours relevant work or voluntary work experience, (within the
last 5 years), with the capacity to evidence 150 hours before the
course starts, (a reference will be requested).
Please make sure you bring copies of your
existing qualifications with you to the interview.
Recruitment onto Access courses is a three stage process which
begins following receipt of your application.
This process will be used to provide
individual guidance onto an appropriate level/route of study.
- Stage One: Skills Review (Maths and
- Stage Two: Diagnostic Assessment (A more in
depth Maths and English assessment).
- Stage Three: Interview.
Offers are made on a first come, first served
basis, following the interview. Failure to attend any one of these
stages could impact on your chances of securing a place.
In preparation for achieving the level three
Access to HE Diploma by the fastest route possible you should
consider the following:
- Achieving (or updating) Maths GCSE C or above or the level 2
- Achieving (or updating) English GCSE C or above.
(You can arrange a brush up on one or both of
these subjects by contacting the basic skills team on 0800 358
- Specific University entry requirements such as GCSEs or
- Specific University work experience requirements, either paid
Or why not consider doing our 'Stepping
up to Access' course which can include GCSEs in Maths, English
and much more.
Once on the course you will be required to
complete an application for a University place straight away.
Therefore, prior research is essential. Please refer to the
University websites or visit http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ to explore
your career options and/or visit our careers drop in service during
the following days/times.
- Monday and Wednesday 1pm-5pm.
- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-1pm.
Please note: some university
courses require that you must have RELEVANT work experience (paid
or voluntary) prior to submitting your application for a university
place. If you need to do voluntary work to gain relevant
experience then you will need to consider completing the Access
course over 2 years see details of our 'Stepping up to Access' level 2 course.
24+ Advanced Learning Loans - Loans may be
available for learners over the age of 24. For further information,
see our Financial
Support pages or https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/overview
Please Note: This course is designed to
meet the needs of students over the age of 19 and as such it is not
funded for students aged between 16 and 19 when the course
On successful completion of the course you
will be prepared for entry onto a HE programmes related to Social
Course Career Prospects
Career routes relevant to this course could include social work,
youth work, probation, local and central government.
Useful careers websites:
If you are unsure about your career progression please contact
the Careers Team.
For Specific Course Information Contact
Course Leader: Ruth Scott- Chambers 01302 553680 firstname.lastname@example.org
Admin Assistant: Ann Thompson 01302 553716 email@example.com or