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Social Work – Level 3 Access To Higher Education Diploma


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




1 Year

The Access to Higher Education – Social Work course is recognised nationally by employers and educational institutions. The technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding are transferable to many different careers, for example social worker, youth worker, mental health nurse, care manager, psychologist or counsellor. Students studying this pathway cover units that enable them to understand the challenges faced by those living in a community suffering social deprivation. They include social work practice, social care, mental health studies and care management. 


Advanced Learner Loans 

Advanced Learner Loans are available to students aged 19 and over taking an Access to Higher education course. The loan covers tuition fees and is paid back once the course is completed and you’re earning more than £26,568 a year, so there is no upfront cost. Plus, if you go on to complete a full degree, your loan for the Access course will be written off.

Find out more here.

A Level 2 English Qualification


You will cover the following units: Social work practice,  Social care,  Criminology,  Psychology,  Mental health studies and Care management.  

This is an intensive year of study, with no end exam, but many assignments presented throughout the year. You will study up to twenty modules, with each one formally assessed through means of a marked assignment that can be in the form of an essay, presentation, report or group discussion. This prepares you for the demands of Higher Education assessment methods. 


Combination of Exam and Assignment 


Degrees in Social Work, Youth Work, Criminology, Psychology, Mental Health Nursing and Care Management. 


This course runs one external trip a year, to Winchester University, where they hold an Access to Higher Education Taster Day where queries about fees and funding can be answered, regardless of what university you wish to go to. 

In order to support your application for higher education, we recommend you attain as much work experience in the field as possible. Places at universities are extremely competitive, so ensuring you give yourself the best chance at success is critical. 


You will be taught in our Andover Sixth building and will have access to many different facilities, including: 2 study centres, a Library, A canteen and the Careers Hub.