Intended learner groups
a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.
c) To provide preparation for study in UK HEIs.
How this diploma meets learners' needs
The Diploma will provide them with underpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to their proposed HE study. A broad range of knowledge will be acquired which support an understanding of social work practice and will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto the relevant degrees.
What this diploma covers
The units include a balance of units which allow the learners to keep their options open until they have fully decided on their preferred route at degree level. The ungraded units have been chosen to support both progression into higher education and also to allow the learners to develop skills relevant to the subject area e.g. Preparing for Higher Education and Study Skills
Face to face
Work placements would also be beneficial to widen opportunities.
Case studies, presentations, short answer questions, essay, report, exam, literature review, controlled assessment, academic poster, information booklet, factsheets
Successful completion criteria
Learners will probably require a pass in maths and English at GCSE level or a Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths to progress onto a degree course.
BA/BSc Social Work
MA/MSc Social Work (for those who are graduates)
BA/BSc Social Policy
BSc Social Sciences
BA Youth and Community Work
BSc Health and Social Care
BSc Social Studies
Provider approval criteria
Depending on the choice of unit, centres will require access to relevant software, hardware and technical equipment.