This course is for those wishing to pursue a career in social work or other care professions. It covers social policy, sociology, social work theory and practice, psychology, study skills, and GCSE Maths and English.
About the Course
You will study:
- GCSE English
- GCSE Maths
- Social work theory and practice
- Study skills.
You are expected to find a work placement in time for the start of the course.
The course is designed for adult learners and is taught by tutors who have experience with and are sympathetic to the needs of people returning to study after a long break. You will attend classes for 36 weeks during the year for up to 13 hours per week. You should, however, plan for a roughly similar amount of unsupervised study. You will not be timetabled in college during the normal school holidays. You will usually be in a group of 20-22 adult students and will participate in a variety of group and individual activities.
Universities require learners to have GCSEs to progress onto a degree in Social Working and West Thames College can help you get these alongside your Access course. To join an Access course, students must already have either their GCSE Maths or GCSE English (or both) at grade A*-C / grade 9-4. If you need to achieve either your GCSE Maths or English qualifications, we will enrol you on this when you join the Access course and you will study this GCSE as you also study for your Access course.
If you need to study more than one of the above GCSEs then why not enrol on our Adult GCSE courses for an academic year and then join your Access course.
Please note that this is a very demanding course, equivalent to an A-Level programme, so you will need to have a good level of literacy and numeracy (GCSE grade A*-C standard / grade 9-4) in order to succeed. You will have an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course. If successful, you will be invited for an interview. If you are not quite ready for the Access course we may offer you another course that will prepare you for the Access course.
You will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for this course.
On completion of this course you will receive an OCN London Diploma. You may progress to an HND or a degree programme at university. Previous students have gone on to study many types of higher education courses, including BA degrees in sociology, social administration, social policy, law, psychology and social work.
Your development and progress in the course will be assessed on a regular basis both informally and formally. You will receive regular feedback from your tutors about your progress.
The assessment procedures vary from module to module and so will depend on what you are studying; there will be some set essays, coursework projects, and tests throughout the course. All of the modules use continuous assessment processes, which means that there is no dependence on final examinations (except for GCSE English and Maths).
As you go through the course you will know whether you are meeting the requirements or not, and you will be given opportunities to catch up and make good any problems.