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
This course develops your skills for further academic study. You’ll learn about a range of subjects including English, Maths, Sociology, Psychology, History, Social Policy and ICT. You’ll also undertake a Community Engagement project of your choice.
Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:
- You’ll develop a sound knowledge of sociological theories and how they explain the structures of our society. You’ll apply these to a variety of contemporary social issues such as the impact of the mass media, the class system in the UK and the education system.
- You’ll examine the psychological explanations of human behaviour through topics such as conformity and obedience. You’ll also look at the research process and the methods psychologists use for conducting research.
- You’ll study the distribution of power in political systems and look at the UK, Scottish and US political structures. You’ll also examine the differing relationships between the institutions within these nations.
- You’ll study events in history, examining the importance of social, economic and political movements such as migration to and from Scotland, the Welfare State, women’s rights and the American Civil Rights Movement. You’ll assess the importance of these historical events in shaping our modern world.
- You’ll develop your skills in understanding, analysing, evaluating and using complex, formal English in a range of written and spoken forms. You’ll read and learn about a variety of literary texts, such as plays, poems and novels.
- You’ll engage with the local community through a range of projects, including campaigns to raise awareness of local issues, working in teams to devise sporting activities for local primary school pupils and other projects of your choice.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto a range of degree programmes, such as Social Sciences and Arts degrees.
- Progressing onto a variety of HNC programmes including Social Sciences, Early Years, and Health and Social Care programmes.
- Exploring a number of career opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors, such as education, central and local government, social policy, care sector, and campaigning and research.