Students welcome new Transition into Social Work programme

Students welcome new Transition into Social Work programme

Ayrshire College and the Open University (OU) this week announced their new Transition into Social Work programme enabling students to study for a degree in social work in the College.

The programme, which is the first in Scotland, was designed to meet student needs, as a gap had been identified in terms of progression opportunities. The exciting new venture builds on the existing partnership between the College and the OU. It is the second campus based pathway model, and will hopefully follow the success of the current Social Sciences degree programme

Students can face many challenges when accessing university, so the idea is to make the transition from college much easier. Students will be able to study on a part time, flexible basis in their local environment. They will benefit from familiar surroundings and small class groups, which will allow increased levels of support.

College Principal Heather Dunk and OU Director Susan Stewart signed the official articulation agreement, at launch event attended by the teams responsible for implementing the programme, and college students.

Susan Stewart said “This programme builds on our experience of working with Ayrshire College to support students who want to progress from college to university. We aim to take learning to where the student is, and Transition into Social Work is another great example of how the OU is supporting college to university transition”.

Heather Dunk added “Our students are really excited about this programme. It gives those who perhaps wouldn’t have considered university a viable option. Thanks to the Health and Social Care Team, who have worked really hard to make this happen.

Steven Geddes, HNC Social Services student, said “University simply wasn’t an option for me. I have children to support and would have really struggled financially. It’s great that degree level study is now a possibility. This will help me to progress within my current employment and open many doors for me.” 

Lori Callan, HNC Social Services student, said “This is a great opportunity for students. It will eliminate the need to travel, and allow natural progression and a smooth transition to university, giving the opportunity for a good work/life balance.”

If you are interested in the programme, which starts in October 2019 at Kilmarnock Campus, please contact Christine Hutchison on 01563 523501.

25 January 2019

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