Social Work

Access to Higher Education Diploma

£138.33 per month *( Price excludes upfront registration
payment of £149.00) * For 12 months.
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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work

Our online social work course will grant you access to a range of university degree courses for this rewarding career.

  • SW1

    Start your career journey to become a social worker, community support officer or gain a role in a wide variety of public sector and charity contexts

  • SW2

    Enhance your career if you’re already working in this area

  • SW3

    Help you work in social work and related areas like charity for the first time

  • SW4

    Help you secure a University place in a social work related course; University courses in this field often attract bursaries

Whatever your previous experience of studying, this course can be right for you.

Designed for adults to be easy to follow online, the course is broken up into a series of easy to understand units, which are provided to you like a “book” to work through at your own pace. You’ll complete a wide variety of activities, such as word searches, questions, problem-solving and case studies. Each unit will normally have links to videos, websites and presentations to help you learn. Completing the activities will help you understand the subject and complete each unit.

Completing a unit unlocks the next unit and so on until you’ve successfully completed every unit to achieve your Diploma. Along the way, you will have feedback from an expert assessor on each unit you submit.

The course covers subjects as interesting and diverse as social service provision, welfare and poverty, equality and diversity, and ethical issues.

Enrol on this course today and receive a 10% discount on course fees when you pay in full!

Payment options

Payment in Full:

Receive a 10% discount at the time of purchase when you pay in full.

Course fees: £1494.00

Registration fee: £149.00

Total Cost of the Course: £1643.00


Monthly Payment Plan:

Initial deposit: £138.33

Registration fee: £149.00

Total at the time of purchase: £287.33

Followed by 11 monthly instalments of £138.33

Total Cost of the Course: £1809.00

How will my course work?

Moodle is a VLE, or virtual learning environment, that was created specifically for online courses, and is designed to be easy to use, interactive and helpful.

Once you’ve enrolled and received your log in, you’ll be able to access your Diploma course, which is easy to follow and designed so that you always know where you are, what you have to do and how you can progress through the course.

Each unit is presented as a book, you just ‘turn’ the pages as you work through the unit. Moodle gives us the opportunity to provide you with varied activities to help your learning in each unit, such as quizzes, crosswords and word searches. Resources like videos and presentations are embedded into units whenever possible, so you don’t have to leave the Moodle to view them and you don’t need to download lots of documents.

On Moodle, it’s easy to:

  • Complete unit activities
  • Check your answers to unit activities
  • Submit your assessments
  • Receive feedback from an assessor
  • Keep up to date with any news or announcements relevant to your Diploma
  • Send and receive messages

One thing you always need to keep in mind – you can’t break it!

How will my course progress?

The units have been written specifically for online learners, provided as ‘books’, for you to work through at your own pace.

There are activities throughout a unit for you to complete, such as:

  • word searches
  • crosswords
  • questions
  • problem solving
  • case studies
  • quizzes

Videos, presentations and web links are provided to broaden your understanding of a subject. These formative activities will help you to complete the assessment that you need to do for each unit, details of which are contained in the unit assessment brief.

You can view the full syllabus for the social work course, which contains the units you need to study, click on the tab section relating to the Syllabus below.

How will I complete my units?

Each unit comes with an assessment brief. You will be able to access the assessment brief right at the beginning of a unit, so you can see what you are working towards. The assessment brief contains all the details you need about the assessment tasks that you must complete to achieve a unit.

Every assessment task is clearly mapped to the appropriate unit learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

The activities that you complete during your work on a unit have been developed so that you gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to complete the assessment.

The types of assessment are varied and interesting. The following are some examples, which can vary depending on which Diploma you’re studying:

  • research notes for a radio programme
  • e-presentation
  • leaflets
  • newspaper article
  • presentation paper with audio summary
  • report
  • diagrams
  • fact sheets
  • case studies
  • calculations
  • drawings

When you have finished your unit study, you submit your assessment tasks, which will be marked by an assessor. Once you have successfully completed a unit, you will be able to progress onto the next one.

How much time will I need?

An Aspire Access Diploma requires the achievement of 60 credits. Each unit in a Diploma carries a certain number of credits – these can be 3, 6 or 9.

The 60 credits comprise:

  • 15 credits from ungraded units
  • 45 credits from graded units (grades are pass, merit, distinction)

1 credit is estimated to take an "average" student up to 10 hours. These hours include all the activities needed to complete the credit, such as:

  • working through the unit
  • completing the activities provided
  • reading
  • your own research
  • preparing for the unit assessment
  • completing the unit assessment

What's the quickest time I could qualify?

Once enrolled you are given a total of 3 years to complete your diploma. You can complete the diploma wihtin the 3 years, the actual completion time varies dependent on individual circumstances and how much time can be dedicated to working through and completing the diploma.

*Each unit has a maximum allotted time of 3 months ( once unlocked ) to complete.

What's the longest I could take?

The longest you would be allowed to complete your course would be three years from the date you start the course.

How will you help me study?

An Aspire Diploma contains a number of ungraded study skills units, for example:

  • English for Academic Study
  • Producing a Written Assignment
  • Research and Referencing

These units have been designed so that you can improve and refine your study skills to help you maximise your potential on the course. It also means that you are developing a skills set to assist you in your progression from the Diploma, whether in higher education, employment or training. You’ll be able to prove that you have these essential skills to employers.

What help is available on the course?

Once you enrol, you will have access to your course units and will be provided with a student handbook. In addition, an expert assessor will provide feedback on all of your assessments.


Payment Options

You can either pay in full at the time of purchase or by monthly payment schemes

Any awarding body registrations fees are required to be paid upfront.

Payment in Full:

Receive a 10% discount on courses fees at the time of purchase when you pay in full


Monthly Payment Plan:

Pay an initial deposit and Awarding body Registration fee at the time of purchase

Followed by either 5 or 11 monthly instalments depending on the qualification


The whole purpose of an Aspire Online Course is to help people in your situation to be successful.

Many people are nervous when they start a course, particularly if they haven't been in a classroom for some time. At Aspire, we are aware of this and have taken it into account when designing all of our; you won't be thrown in at the deep end or tested on things that you forgot years ago. Our online courses are designed to be easy to understand and you’ll be supported in your learning.

Subjects Covered

Sociology Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Social Divisions

Implications of social diversity. Ethnicity, class, gender, physical ability, learning ability, age. Positive and negative impacts of diversity.


2. Equality and Diversity

Key equality and diversity policies and legislation, the issues of equality and diversity in relation to health/social care.


3. Social Service Provision for Children and Families

Principles underpinning social services provision for children and families and legislation relating to it. The effectiveness of child welfare delivery and the need for inter-agency working.


4. Sociology of the Family

Sociological explanations of the role of the family, historical changes to the family structure, roles within the family and sociological views on the significance of changes in those roles.


5. Welfare Policy

Sociological explanations for the distribution of wealth and income, the roles of statutory, private and voluntary sectors in welfare provision.


6. Research Methods in Sociology

Primary and secondary data in sociological research. Practical, ethical and theoretical considerations of data collection.


7. Ethical Issues in Social Policy

Ethics and ethical dilemmas. Legislation, policies and differing views relevant to an ethical dilemma.


Psychology Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Early Social Development

The concepts of nature and nurture, the theories of attachment and the long-term impact of enrichment and deprivation on a child’s development.


2. Behaviourism

The work of Pavlov and Skinner in classical and operant conditioning and their practical application to human behaviour in an education setting.


3. Perceptual Processes

The cognitive or information processing approach as an explanation of mental activity. What do we mean by perception and what factors affect its development?


4. Conformity and Obedience

Psychological studies which seek to explain why people conform and Milgram’s studies of obedience. Ethical issues involved in research that uses human subjects.


Law Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. The Powers of the Police

Police powers of arrest, search, detention, public order and rights of assembly. Remedies for police misconduct.


2. Understanding English Law

Sources of English law, delegated legislation and the principles of statutory interpretation. Individual rights and freedoms and how they are protected.


Health Studies Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Understanding Mental Health

Factors contributing to mental health difficulties and the effects of mental health difficulties on confidence, self-esteem, relationships and employment. Approaches to treating and managing mental ill health.


Study Skills Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. English for Academic Study

Critical reading and evaluation, different forms of writing and reflection on how to improve your writing skills.


2. Research and Referencing

Different research methods and forms of referencing. Copyright and issues of plagiarism.


3. Producing a Written Assignment

Gathering and evaluating information, planning and producing a written assignment.


4. Preparing for a Controlled Assessment

The purpose and value of controlled assessments, revision strategies. Preparing for, and reviewing performance in, a controlled assessment.


Career Opportunity Examples

  • Family support worker

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Family support workers help and advise families with long- or short-term difficulties.

  • Residential support worker

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Residential support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care.

  • Care home advocate

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Care home advocates (Resident representative) make sure the views and wishes of residents in care homes are heard.

  • Palliative care assistant

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Palliative care assistants (Specialist healthcare assistant) provide specialist end of life care and support to patients and their families.

  • Social work assistant

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Social work assistants (Community support worker, home care officer, social services assistant) give advice, guidance and support to help people with their physical, emotional and social needs.