You'll study psychology, social policy, sociology, study skills, social work theory and English. In addition to this, tutorial sessions will help you with your university applications through the UCAS system.
You will study real cases and will explore the role of social workers with children and families as well as vulnerable adults and the elderly.
Assessments take place throughout the course with essays, assignments, presentations, tests and exams. To gain the Access Diploma you'll need to achieve 60 credits with a minimum of 45 at Level 3.
You should be 19 or over at the start of this course.
Candidates should have GCSE English Language at grade C/4. If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade C/4 you may be given the opportunity to study this subject alongside your Access Diploma to achieve a grade 4 or above. Acceptance onto the GCSE course will be dependent on the result of an initial assessment.
This course will prepare you for study at university-level, but you should check the entry requirements for the universities you are interested in as well. For social work most universities require a minimum of 12 weeks previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people normally within a social care or health context.
English and maths
Most universities ask for GCSE English and maths grade A*-C/9-4 but some will also accept Functional Skills at Level Two.
If you're missing one of these GCSEs at the required grade:
You will need to sit an assessment and depending on your results, you could study a GCSE course or a Level 2 Functional Skills course alongside Access.
This option is intensive, so you'll need to be committed to studying the extra hours.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).
Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.
Choose your university course and remember that South Thames runs university-level courses too so there could be something here that fits your career plans.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.