Access to Social Work

West Thames College
Course summary
Professional Training
1 hour
3,384 GBP

Course description

Access to Social Work:

Access courses are intensive, demanding one-year courses designed for mature students (aged 19+) who want to gain the study skills and academic knowledge required for university-level study. You will attend college up to 16 hours per week and you should plan for a roughly similar amount of independent study. If you work or have childcare/other responsibilities, you must put arrangements in place to enable you to meet the full demands of the course. You should have relevant, recent work experience (or you will be expected to find a regular work placement before the course begins).

This course is for those wishing to pursue a career in social work or other care professions. It covers social policy, sociology, social work theory and practice, psychology, study skills, and GCSE Maths and English.

You will study:

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Maths
  • Sociology
  • Social work theory and practice
  • Psychology
  • Study skills.

You are expected to find a work placement in time for the start of the course.

The course is designed for adult learners and is taught by tutors who have experience with and are sympathetic to the needs of people returning to study after a long break. You will attend classes for 36 weeks during the year for up to 13 hours per week. You should, however, plan for a roughly similar amount of unsupervised study. You will not be timetabled in college during the normal school holidays. You will usually be in a group of 20-22 adult students and will participate in a variety of group and individual activities.

It is essential that you undertake work experience or voluntary work outside curriculum hours. This will support your application to university.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Universities require learners to have GCSEs to progress onto a degree in Social Working and West Thames College can help you get these alongside your Access course. To join an Access course, students must already have either their GCSE Maths or GCSE English (or both) at grade A*-C / grade 9-4. If you need to achieve either your GCSE Maths or English qualifications, we will enrol you on this when you join the Access course and you will study this GCSE as you also study for your Access course. If you need to study more than one of the above GCSEs then why not enrol on our Adult GCSE courses for an academic year and then join your Access course. Please note that this is a very demanding course, equivalent to an A-Level programme, so you will need to have a good level of literacy and numeracy (GCSE grade A*-C standard / grade 9-4) in order to succeed. You will have an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course. If successful, you will be invited for an interview. If you are not quite ready for the Access course we may offer you another course that will prepare you for the Access course. You will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for this course.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Access to Higher Education

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