Access to HE Diploma (Social Work)

Study level: Access courses
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The Access to Social Work course sets out to offer adult returners a coherent, integrated and supported year of study in preparation for progression to a social work degree course.

Year of entry

2024-25

Location

CU Coventry (Coventry)

Study mode

Full-time

Duration

1 year full-time

Course code

CUCA012

Start date

September 2024


Course overview

Upon successful completion, learners will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful entry into a social work undergraduate degree.

Access programmes are designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education via traditional routes. Our course will give you the opportunity to attain some of the tools you will need to complete a degree programme. As well as some subject-specific knowledge, we will prepare you in the fundamentals of study skills, literacy and referencing.

  • Quickest route to Higher Education.
  • No end-of-year exams.
  • Mapped to match with modules taught on social work degree programmes.
  • Open learning environment.
  • Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete an eligible higher education course (subject to SFE requirements). For more information visit the Advanced Learner Loan website.

Accreditation and professional recognition

This course is Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated.


What you'll study

You will study a range of modules from psychology, social policy and sociology as well as social work modules that include working practices, safeguarding and the role of the social worker. Your final module will be an extended project on a topic of your own choice. You will also develop your study skills including literacy, researching and referencing which will provide you with a foundation for your learning in subsequent years.

Modules

  • An introduction to the major learning theories such as behaviourism and social learning theory.

    Compulsory

  • An introduction to sociological perspectives and how social factors impact society and individuals.

    Compulsory

  • An investigation into the aims and methodology of psychology including different branches of psychology and turning points in the historical development of psychology.

    Compulsory

  • Building on Foundations of Psychology module, this module investigates the cause and approach for treating mental illness from five psychological perspectives.

    Compulsory

  • A study into concepts to explain social influence.

    Compulsory

  • Social and economic factors that have influenced and driven social policy over time.

    Compulsory

  • Sociological concepts that develop understanding of the relationship of the individual to society.

    Compulsory

  • Understanding the differences between the concepts of prejudice and discrimination including the role of stereotyping in developing prejudice.

    Compulsory

  • Understanding the concepts of equality, difference and diversity, the causes and effects of discrimination, challenging discrimination and recognising diversity.

    Compulsory

  • An investigation into professional or non-professional roles in social work including regulatory bodies and the importance of teamwork.

    Compulsory

  • This unit consists of studying how the welfare state developed and how ideological perspectives impact on welfare policies.

    Compulsory

  • Introduction to the safeguarding of children.

    Compulsory

  • A review of legislation around child protection.

    Compulsory

  • Independent choice of topic to be agreed with your tutor.

    Compulsory

    • Report Writing
    • Reading and Comprehension of Texts
    • Writing Standard English
    • Essay Writing
    • Finding and Reading Information

    Compulsory

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

The access course offers an opportunity for you to study for a Level 3 Diploma. The CU Coventry model of delivery focuses on one module at a time, allowing you to focus on the in-depth content of the subject. Lectures are delivered by subject experts using a variety of methods to reinforce the concepts of the topic such as traditional lectures, group work, worksheets, case studies and research activities.

Teaching contact hours

The number of full-time contact hours may vary from module to module, however, on average, it is likely to be around 20 contact hours per week. Additionally, you will be expected to undertake self-directed study of approximately 10 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods may include:

  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2024/25 entry.

Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English are preferable but not mandatory for commencing the Access course. Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English can be acquired alongside the Access course as they are a pre-requisite to progress onto universities for Social Work degree programmes.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK £3,384   Not available

You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. Visit the Advanced Learner Loan website for full information and to check your eligibility. If you are eligible and awarded an Advanced Learner Loan, and successfully complete an eligible Higher Education course, the outstanding balance from your Access course could be written off.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permits an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


Facilities

Lectures take place at CU Coventry Mile lane campus with use of Elm Bank and Priory Building teaching rooms.


Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you will have the underpinning knowledge and academic skills to be able to apply for a Social Work degree at a variety of universities.

Further study

On successful completion of the course, you will be guaranteed an interview for the following relevant courses:


How to apply

  • Access courses are designed for students who haven’t had the opportunity to access higher education, so formal qualifications are not mandatory. If you’re interested in an Access to HE course you’ll need to apply to us directly by completing our online application form.

    Once your application form has been processed you’ll receive the outcome of your application via the email address you provided.

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    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.

    1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or international opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be unpaid and/or subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the current 2024/2025 contract is available on the website. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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