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Who is this course for? The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work is a wellestablished, national qualification which allows students without traditional Level 3 qualifications to apply for and enter university for pathways in social work and related professions.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Sports Science

If you are a mature student (over 19) and want to progress to university to attain a career in social work, social care, youth work, youth justice, housing, psychology, sociology, criminology or similar areas, then this is the perfect route for you.

What qualifications or experience do I need? Successful candidates will need to have a grade C (4/5) or above in GCSE English and maths. You will also have to pass a numeracy and literacy assessment which is set at GCSE (Level 2) standard. Evidence of paid or voluntary employment within the health and social care sector in an area that you wish to pursue as a career is beneficial.

Key Facts

What will I study?

Campus: Southgate

Access is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and you are required to maintain 100% attendance. You are expected to self-study for a minimum of 10 extra hours a week in order to manage strict work deadlines and to cope with the work load.

Who is this course for?

The Access to HE Diploma in Social Work is composed of the following subject areas:

n adults with a current or previous role or interest in a sports science related area

n Study skills n Psychology

n adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, were unable to participate in or benefit from initial education

n Interpersonal skills

n adults from groups under-represented in higher education

n Safeguarding children

n adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a sports science related profession

n Sociology

n Social work practice

How will I be assessed? A wide range of assessment methods will be used to assess your knowledge and understanding. The assessment methods may include one or a combination of essays, classwork, projects and exams. In order to be able to achieve the full qualification, you will need to gain 60 credits (a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2).

What can the course lead to? On successful completion of this course students can progress onto social work, housing, youth work, or similar vocational degrees at any university. This course has especially strong links with our local universities; Middlesex, Hertfordshire and London Metropolitan. Please note, you will not be able to progress to university unless you have achieved Level 2 English and maths qualifications.

Duration: 1 year

This course is aimed at: n adults aged 19+

What qualifications or experience do I need? Although prior qualifications in sport and/or fitness are required, there are no formal entry requirements. It would be advantageous to have GCSE maths and or English at grade A*-C (8/9-4/5). In some cases, you may be able to study one of these GCSEs alongside the Access to Sports Science. The College will ask you to sit a maths and English diagnostic test and you may be asked for an interview as part of the application process. Vocational experience in the industry is desired.

What will I study? Some of the units the Access to Sports Science course will cover include: n Anatomy and physiology n Health and fitness n Biomechanics n Study skills n Maths and statistics

How will I be assessed? You will be assessed in variety of ways, including practical assessments, theory assignments, timed exams, presentations and workbooks.

What can the course lead to? Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Sports Science. These may include some of the following areas of degree level study: physical education, sports science, sports management, nutrition, sport psychology, physiotherapy and related degrees. This course also helps to develop the skills and attitudes to cope with study in a Higher Education environment.

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Higher Level Learning & Skills Guide  

A summary of the higher education courses and options available at Barnet and Southgate College

Higher Level Learning & Skills Guide  

A summary of the higher education courses and options available at Barnet and Southgate College