• Care

    Access to Social Work (SWAP) (Level 6)

  • SCQF Level

    Equivalent to SCQF Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

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If you’d like to train as a Social Worker, but lack the necessary qualifications, this could be the course for you.

Access to Social Work is part of the Scottish Widening Access Programme (SWAP) and is specifically for people who have been out of full-time education for at least 5 years. It prepares adult returners for entry into Higher Education and can lead to a place at college or university.

SWAP courses have helped many adults become aware of their abilities and given them the self-confidence to successfully progress to a degree.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working with people
  • An interview with us
  • A satisfactory reference
  • Previous experience in the Health & Social Care sector

What's Involved

This course develops your skills and knowledge in preparation for a degree in Social Work.

Here’s some of the units you’ll study:

  • Values and Principles in Care - the health and social care provision available in Scotland to meet people’s needs, legislation, and positive care environment and practice.
  • Social Influences - a sociology based unit which looks at the impact of social influences on people’s life chances, and what society can do to improve these.
  • Human Development & Behaviour - a psychology based unit which looks at different stages of development across the life span and the effects of life experiences on people.
  • Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness - the difference between the two, current perceptions, effects on behaviour, treatment and legislation for people’s rights.
  • Social Services in Scotland - an introduction to the context and range of social services provision, providers of services, and the role of social services and healthcare partnerships.
  • Communication in Care Relationships - the importance of communication, including factors that might create barriers to communication, and ways in which barriers can be reduced.
  • Caring for People with Dementia - understanding dementia, identifying skills and strategies to meet the needs of dementia sufferers, and how to support carers.
  • Working with Individuals with Additional Support Needs - the issues faced by those who require additional support, the different types of support available and the skills and qualities required to work within this area.
  • Essential Skills - communication, numeracy, ICT.

Throughout the course, you’ll hear from a range of guest speakers, including people from the health board and local care services.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto to a degree in Social Work or HNC Social Services

Start Date

27 Aug 2018




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