Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work)


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 2023


Adult 19+

If you'd like to study social work, psychology, mental health nursing or teaching at university level, you've found your course!

This programme boasts a great track record of getting its students on to their preferred degree course.

As well as specific subject knowledge, this course will help you put your education into practice.

This course is comprised of the following units:

• Reading and Comprehension of Texts
• Speaking and Listening Skills
• Preparation for HE
• Report Writing
• Essay Writing
• Role of the Health or Social Care Professional
• Individual and Society
• Mental Health and Illness
• Safeguarding and Children's Welfare "
• Crime and Deviance
• Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
• Attachment Theory
• Health Inequalities
• Psychological Perspectives
• Communication Skills in a Professional Setting
• History and Development of the Welfare State
• Introduction to the Law
• Extended Project

Learners will be assessed through coursework, presentations, debates and exams.

Work experience is highly desirable to support your UCAS application. You'll also need literacy skills - either via GCSE English or Level 2 Functional Skills.

The Access programme requires the study of 19 units, over 9 month period and therefore to successfully complete this programme you'll require a lot of self-discipline and resilience. It's designed for mature learners who have substantial work, personal or academic experience and can demonstrate that they have successfully overcome challenges before.

Access to HE Diploma courses are for students aged 19+ by 31st August in the year in which they start the Access programme. You must have, or be enrolled on, a level 2 Functional Skills or GCSE qualification in English and maths.

Course tutors have extensive experience in preparing students for:

  • Further and higher education programmes
  • Employment in related sectors

Learners can work alongside the course as they must only commit to two days a week at college for the diploma. We recommend finding relevant work experience to support their UCAS application, however this is not compulsory.

Guest speakers, including Social Workers and Healthcare professionals, University Lecturers and Staff as well as previous students sharing their tips and experiences.

We support learners in signing up for master classes offered by universities.

On completion of this course, you will have the qualifications needed to attend university, where you can study areas including:

Degree subjects this course can lead to:

• Social Work
• Youth Work
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Mental Health Nursing
• Public Health
• Counselling

Full 60 Credit Diploma with 45 credits graded units and 15 ungraded study skills.

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course.