Access to HE Online
After successfully completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma, you’ll have a good understanding of social theory and the skills needed to study a social work related undergraduate courses. Once you have chosen and completed your degree programme, you will be ready to begin your chosen career. Many graduates go on to work in the NHS or even private practice. Careers open to graduates include:
Senior Social Worker
Research Social Worker
Course Fee: £3,022
Course length: 10 months
Recommended study per week: 15 hours*
Total number of units within the course: 21
* You should allow a total of around of around 15 study hours per week to complete the whole qualification, over 10 months. If you study more hours each week, you may finish the course more quickly.
A qualified Assessor will mark your work and provide written feedback via the VLE. Your appointed Assessor will confirm contact hours once you start your learning and will be able to offer support via email correspondence. During Induction you will be provided with a Study Plan including the expected assessment schedule for your course.
Each unit includes specific Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria.
To achieve a Pass in any assessment you must meet all criteria.
The list of detailed Assessment Criteria for each Unit is made available to you on the VLE.
The course consists of 21 Units of Study.
Unit 1 (Induction Unit): Preparing for Success
Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills
Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment
Unit 4: Health & Wellbeing
Unit 5: Introduction to Psychology
Unit 6: Understanding Crime & Deviance
Unit 7: Introduction to Social Work
Unit 8: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Unit 9: Sociology of the Family
Unit 10: Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
Unit 11: Morals & Ethics in Social Work
Unit 12: Sociology of Health
Unit 13: Combating Prejudice & Discrimination
Unit 14: Abnormal Psychology
Unit 15: Understanding Poverty
Unit 16: Social Work Methods
Unit 17: The Brain & Nervous System
Unit 18: Study Skills Portfolio Building
Unit 19: Personal Social Services
Unit 20: Psychobiological Stress
Unit 21: Equality of Opportunities in Practice
The study materials and all assessment for this course is through an online platform (VLE). You won’t need to purchase any books unless you wish to supplement these study materials.
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
In order to complete this diploma, you must achieve a total of 60 credits. 45 credit graded (taken from the subject specific areas of social policy, social work, psychology, and sociology) and 15 credits are ungraded from the skills for learning and IAG assessments. You should note that 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are earned via taking ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study skills.
The Access to HE Diploma in Social Work is made up of a number modules that fall under specific subject areas. The subject are:
Skills for Learning
You will study the online course materials and self-direct your study.
You will be required to submit assessments by a set deadline. To pass the module you must meet all the assessment criteria. After your first submission your assessor will provide feedback. At this point you will either have met all the pass criteria and your module will be graded or will be asked to resubmit your assessment taking on board the assessor’s feedback and you’ll be permitted to make further submission of your work. Once your module has been achieved you can then proceed to the next module of the course. You will continue in this way through until you have completed all modules of the course.
Once all of the assessments are complete and have gone through internal moderation and external moderation the College will then present your grades to the Awarding Body.
Learners should ideally already have a GCSE in English and maths (grade A* - C or Level 4 – 8’ or an equivalent) or be working towards. We also ask that learners have the ambition to study a healthcare related degree at a higher education institute or university.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas are extensively accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entrance. The Access to Higher Education Diplomas have a reputation of successfully helping students to gain admission to University.
Learners should, however, be aware that each university apply their own admissions criteria, and we highly recommend that you research universities prior to applying to this course, to ensure your chosen university accepts this Diploma and the credits and graded units available for each subject area.
Whilst we have confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and sufficient to form part of a University application, East Sussex College will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the individual set requirement of each university or higher education institution.
Study time includes:
working through the interactive content
completing the assignments for each unit
reading assessor feedback and reviewing course material or other resources as directed
resubmitting your assignment where requested
Your course is fully supported by a dedicated assessor each subject. This assessor will guide you through the course providing assistance and a tailored course experience for you.
East Sussex College Hastings offer a 14-day Induction Period for this course which enables you to assess whether both the course and the online mode of study is suitable for you. It also allows the College to assess your suitability, in particular whether you can produce work to meet the standards set by Open College Network, the awarding body.
The induction is conducted online so you do not have to travel to our campus. During the week you will receive your login details to the VLE and a welcome phone call from your assessor to discuss how to attempt the induction unit.
You will be sent a deadline/due date by e-mail which allows you two weeks to submit answers to the induction assessment.
If you do not meet the pass criteria for the induction assessment after the maximum number of submissions, you won't be enrolled onto the course and you won't have any fee liability. You will not incur any fees during the induction period, or have any outstanding loans to re-pay.
Enrolment onto the qualification will take place once you have passed the induction assessment and have funding in place for the course fees.
If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your fees, then this will be activated 14 days from the course start date.
If you wish to withdraw, you may cancel your enrolment by notifying the Administration Team in writing (by e-mail) prior to day 14 and you will owe nothing. After 14 days, you will owe the full course fee plus an administration charge, in line with the Tuition Fee Policy.
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If you are 23 or under and have no prior Level 3 qualification, then you may be entitled to a tuition fee waiver*
*subject to eligibility and availability check
If you are over 19 years-old and have a full Level 3 qualification you have two options: an Advanced Learner Loan or self-funding.
This Government loan will be paid directly to the college, and is linked to your attendance.
You will start to repay your loan when you start to earn over £27,295 per annum (correct at time of posting).
If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund an Access to HE Diploma, then go on to complete a higher education course, you’ll be eligible to have the balance of your Advanced Learner Loan written off. However, if you don’t complete either course, you won’t be eligible to have the balance written off, and will need to repay your loan in full.
For more information about Advanced Learner Loans visit: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan
Email: ELearning@escg.ac.uk Tel: 030 300 38368