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Access to Higher Education in Social Work

Full Time

Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

Students will attend college four days a week between 9.30am and 3.30 in the afternoon. Candidates will be assigned a personal tutor who will support studies and personal development.

Good time-management skills are necessary as assessment of the course is on an on-going basis.

The curriculum is structured. Core units are delivered together with the cohorts of the other Access courses at BCoT. The specialist social work and sociology units are delivered to the social work students separately. There are weekly tutorials where one-to-ones take place and learners set their own targets for the development of specific skills and knowledge. This includes completion of the UCAS process. All resources, assignments are available on the Google Classrooms for your use and specific resources for eLearning sessions are updated weekly. 

Course Content

This course includes the following units:

  • Social Work Practice
  • Extended Independent Academic Study (Professional Studies)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Development Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Development of Social Welfare
  • Social Welfare in the 21st Century
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice
  • Health and Society
  • Approaches to Counselling
  • Communication and Presentation
  • Reviewing and Planning.

Entry Requirement

You should have a minimum of GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 or above, or completed our Progression to Access course.


This course is assessed in a variety of ways including presentations, discussions, tests, projects, practical work, problem solving exercises, essays, scientific reports and diagrams.

Where does this course lead to

This course would be appropriate for those who wish to study Social Work, or a similar degree, at University.  We advise checking with the Admissions Tutor for specific degree programmes.

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Course Outline

Course Code: PF41
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 07/09/2020
Duration: 1 Year
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