Access to HE Diploma (Social Care & Social Sciences)
Mon, Tues, Wed Evening session now available
This course is for you if you're looking at achieving a diploma to progress in Social Care, Social Services, Social Sciences and Teaching at a degree level. The course provides learners with a platform to HE upon achieving an overall pass and meeting the entry requirements and conditions of their prospective HE establishments.
Learners will develop a wide range of skills from academic writing to reflective skills to name a few. You will also develop skills in group work as well as independent skills. The tutors provide a supportive learning environment to ensure individual needs are met and ensure successful achievement of their learners.
Some of the modules that you can expect to study on the Access to Social Care & Social Sciences include:
- Study skills
- Researching and understanding opportunities for study in Higher Education
- Access project
- Social policy and welfare
- Professional practice
- The sociology of crime and deviance
- Values and practice in care and development
This Access course is particularly suitable for people who are considering a career in the fields of Social Care, Social Services, Social Sciences and Teaching. Other areas such as Community Studies, Counselling, Education Welfare, Youth Offending and Probation Service degrees are a good route also. Other potential job opportunities include:
- Social worker
- Senior care worker
- Probation officer
- Community development worker
- Children and young families
From September 2016, we may also be offering an evening timetable. If this would be your preference, please inform the tutor at your interview.
Nelly Louise, a current Access student said "I am a mum with 3 children and had been out of work for numerous number of years and wanted a change of direction. I decided to go back into education and enrolled on the Access course. This was a daunting experience as I had been out of education since I left school. There was a diverse range of people on the course and I made very good friends. The course was very strenuous with assessments one after another, however with guidance from my tutor and support of my peers, I managed to achieve the grades I needed to get into university. I have been offered a place at Huddersfield and start this year, and now I'm looking forward to a new start that couldn't have been achieved without my tutor and the Access course."
As the course is at level 3 commitment is essential. In addition to your work at college you will be required to undertake independent study and research.
Course Leader profile
My work experience consists of 18 years of working in the care sector and the local authority, social services, training and development provisions to enhance care workers’ continuous professional development through short and long courses on the job and in the community. I have further 13 years of working in Further Education and Higher Education. I have delivered range of programmes from level 3 to level 5. I have taught on the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care both at Calderdale College and at Bradford University where I am an Associate Lecturer. I have a leadership and management development background to teach on the Business courses. I have taught academic writing and management development units to business students. I enjoy making a difference in students learning and career journey for adults returning to education to enhance their career prospects.
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You must be at least 19 years of age and have GCSE English Language and maths at grade C or grade 4 or above (Level 2 equivalents will be considered, this will be discussed at interview). If you are looking to going into teaching you will need to have a science at grade C as well. You can take one GCSE alongside the Access course. You are advised to check, prior to application the entry requirements of any universities you wish to apply for.
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Questions & Answers
How is the course assessed?
Learners are assess throughout the course via a variety of methods such as assignments, presentations, portfolio building and examinations.
Are there any opportunities for progression?
This course can lead to degrees in Social Work, Psychology, Teaching, Counselling, Youth and Community Studies, Foundation Degrees, HNC/HND's and other related studies. Further education studies can include the PGCE or Masters studies
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During Your Study
To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.Apply for this course
- Attendance: Full-time
- Start Date: September 2017
- Hours per week: 12/13 hours per week
- Days: Monday to Wednesday days
- Start Time: 9.30 am
- End Time: 2.30 pm
- Duration: 36 Weeks
- Course Fees: Please contact Advice & Guidance on 01422 399367 19 – 24 funding available. 24+ loan available. Contact Advice & Guidance for more information
- Venue: Calderdale College
- Faculty: HE & Professional Manager
- Department Manager: Karen Robson
- Level: Level 3
- Qualification Name: Level 3 Diploma in Social Care and Social Sciences
- Awarding Body: One Awards
- Course Contact: Bally Kaur (9659)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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