What do I learn?
You will study sociology and social policy plus communication studies (for the day group) or psychology (for the evening group). Sociology will provide you with a firm understanding of society and how it operates. In Social Policy we shall look at the Government policies which guide the work of social workers. One of the most important aspects of a social worker is the ability to understand clients and communicate with them and for them and students will find either communication studies or psychology helps with their clients.
You will learn through a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as essays, reports, oral presentations and timed assessments. In this pathway there is a very strong emphasis on working with others and developing effective communication skills. You will regularly participate in a variety of group activities including group assessments. If you do not already have relevant work experience you will be encouraged and expected to seek a voluntary placement to support your higher education application. Assessment is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).
What do I gain?
As well as developing subject knowledge you will improve your communication, personal and study skills through a common core programme that also provides one-to-one tutorial support. If you do not already have a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths there will also be the opportunity to gain nationally recognised Level 2 qualifications in numeracy and literacy, which is a requirement for a Social Work degree. There is a wide range of support available at the college for students including financial support. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets. Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues. Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications. Almost all our Access students progress to higher education. You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on projects. All of this is excellent preparation for higher education.
What do I need?
Students must be aged 19 or over. No specific qualifications are asked for however a GCSE grade C in English or maths would be beneficial. You will be interviewed and have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3. At your interview you will need to demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve. You will need relevant paid or voluntary work experience in the care sector. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities.
What can I do next?
On completion of this course you can progress to study social work, criminal justice, criminology and law, media, cultural studies, sociology and politics.