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The Social Work pathway on the Access to Health and Social Care course offers you an insight into the profession of social work and introduces the initial skills and subject areas related to social work. This course is for people who want to pursue a career in social work; it gives them a recognised qualification to help gain entry to university to study a social work degree. It is also useful for students who may want to study further in social policy or the social sciences. This is a one-year course contained within 3–4 days per week. This course is for mature students returning to education, or those wishing to pursue a different career route. A range of Academic Subject Content units are delivered from the following categories: social work skills, psychology and sociology. A range of Academic Preparation Skills units are also offered.
How will I know how I am doing?
The course consists of 60 credits: 45 Academic Subject Content (ASC) credits graded at pass, merit or distinction, and 15 Academic Preparation Skills (APS) credits. You will be set assignments to gain these credits throughout the academic year. These will involve essay writing, tests/exams, some practical experiments with written reports and presentations.
What do I need to join?
Applicants should already have secured a grade C/4 or above in both GCSE Maths and English to gain entry to the Access course. If applicants are currently studying GCSEs, they will need to have secured these (at a 4 grade minimum) by the course start date. Any applicants that believe they have GCSE equivalency should check with their university of choice if they meet their degree course entry requirements before making an application for Access. An important part of the application for social work-related degrees is based on experience. We therefore require all applicants who wish to pursue the Social Work pathway on the Access course to have at least 3 months' relevant work or voluntary experience. In order to secure either paid or voluntary work experience within the social care sector, we suggest that you contact the local volunteer network and other care providers. In addition, the 1Big Database website lists all agencies within your local area (www.1bigdatabase.org.uk).
What can I do next?
The Access to Social Work pathway offers you the opportunity to progress onto a degree course in social work and related areas such as social policy, and these are offered nationally. The main local providers are: The University of the West of England (Social Work) Bristol University (Social Policy) University of Gloucestershire (Social Work) Bath University (Social Work and Applied Social Sciences) For more information about the university degrees and courses offered, please go to www.ucas.co.uk and click on the course search area, where all the courses available in the UK are listed, along with all the information required.
Fees information is available by contacting the Money Management Team on [email protected] Depending on your age and previous studies, you may be entitled to a reduction in fees and this can be discussed at interview. The Advanced Learning Loan is available for most 19+ applicants, dependent on your nationality/residency status (please check www.gov.uk for more information or contact MMS). In addition, there is a limited Bursary Fund available and MMS can help you apply or give you further information.
Course information last updated: Tuesday 19th January 2021 @ 8.30am (19 hours ago)