Agored Cymru Access to HE - Social Care Level 3

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Access to HE



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time

Crosskeys Campus

Start Date

Start Date
07 September 2022


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above are desirable. Learners without qualifications will be required to undertake Numeracy and Literacy assessment and achieve a Level 2 as a minimum.

In a nutshell

This course is ideal if you want to progress on to Higher Education (HE) and into a social care profession. It provides a fast-track route (1 year) and gives you the opportunity to study on a healthcare related degree course. This course prepares mature students, or students who wish to change career, for higher education either vocational or academic.

The course is mainly academically based with study skills units embedded, preparing students for higher education.

This course is for you if...’d like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need. want to prepare for study at university level. have a passion for health/social care-related studies and careers. are returning to education

… you are currently working in the sector and wish to upskill

What will I be doing?

This course will prepare you for further social care related study. You will also gain skills such as time management, teamwork, communication skills and develop research study skills to help you in your future studies.

A range of units could include the following;

  • Communications
  • Numeracy
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social and welfare policy
  • Introduction to criminology
  • Social dimensions to crime and justice
  • Socialisation and culture
  • Human development – life stages
  • Sociology of the family
  • Psychology and the management of stress

This is assessed via Internal Formal Assessments. You will undertake a range of assessment criteria via assignments, tests, oral presentations, practical tasks and an extended essay.

Alongside the Access Diploma students applying for the social work degree have to provide (210 hour) evidence of practical experience through either paid work or volunteering.

You’ll achieve the Agored Cymru Access to HE – Social Care Diploma which will hold UCAS points.

Provision only at Crosskeys currently.

What is expected of me?

GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above are desirable. Learners without qualifications will be required to undertake Numeracy and Literacy assessment and achieve a Level 2 as a minimum. This is an intensive course which requires a high level of commitment and dedication. Applicants will be expected to attend all sessions and undertake significant independent study.

Respect for others, enthusiasm for the subject and self-motivation are the essential qualities we expect to see in all our learners. All assignments must be successfully completed in order to achieve the qualification.

What comes next?

The course gives students the academic requirements to progress to university to study social work, social policy, youth work, criminology, psychology, teacher training and many other undergraduate degree programmes.

Students have been known to progress within current employment after completing the course and some students have gained employment in the field of health care assistant/support worker, youth work or teaching assistant.

Additional information

It is advised learners check University entry requirements as these may differ between institutions.

Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 07 September 2022

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team