Access to Social Work & Social Professions - Evening

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:PL9AC1SWP
Start Date:28/08/2018
End Date:19/06/2019
Start Time:18:00
End Time:21:00


Course Overview

Access to HE enables adults without qualifications such as A Levels to progress on to Higher Education. The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK Universities and Colleges. In this pathway, you will study Human Biology, Psychology and Sociology. Lessons take place every Tuesday evening (18.00-21.00) and one Saturday a month (09.00-15.00). In addition to this, you are required to five additional evenings on a Thursday (18.00-20.00) between Sept-Dec. The dates are to be arranged. This will enable you to complete your Study Skills component which is an essential part of your Diploma. As the course progresses, additional classes are included to cover course content.  

In addition to the compulsory Access subjects, you can attend Tutorial on a Tuesday (17.00-18.00) and have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor on a one-to-one basis to assist with HE applications.

You are advised to apply for this programme between November 2017 and June 2018. Interviews start in February and this course is very popular.

There are fees for this part time programme. Currently these are as above. Please note fees may increase in subsequent years.

Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for financial support towards such costs as travel, equipment, books and childcare. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your Access course tuition fees (see This loan may be written off, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education qualification. Please contact our Learner Futures Centre on 01223 226315 or email

If you are applying as an International Student, please contact our International Centre via email or telephone 00 44 (0)1223 226317.

Progression & Career Opportunities

Many Access students feel they have not yet fully developed their potential and the programme offers them the chance to get to grips with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to succeed in Higher Education.

Access to Social Work will enable progression to study on a variety of degree courses including Social Work, Social Policy, Youth Work and Social Sciences - often leading to careers in Social Services, the Housing Sector, Employment Services, Health & Welfare services and the Criminal Justice System. Social Work degree courses often require students to have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above (some will accept alternative Level 2 qualifications).

Entry Requirements

The Access programme is designed for students who wish to return to study with a view to going on to Higher Education. Most degree courses now require at least Level 2 Maths and English.  Therefore, you will need GCSE Maths and GCSE English grade 9 - 4 (A* - C), or Level 2 Maths and English equivalent) as a minimum before applying for this course.

Please research HE requirements very carefully.  A STRONG COMMITMENT IS NEEDED AS THE COURSE IS VERY INTENSIVE.

Acceptance onto the Access programme is condition on you

•   Completing a research task over the summer including a draft personal statement
•   A satisfactory reference
•   Attending taster days: Monday 2nd July - Tuesday 3rd July 2018.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learnng and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Assessment is by coursework and examination. There will be at least one assignment for each unit (four units per subject). These written assignments may be essays / research projects and practical report.  

The programme takes one year, starting at the beginning of September and finishing in late June the following year. In addition to timetabled classes, it is expected that students will complete at least 15 hours of further independent study per week.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete a CRC Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website Download here or contact us via email If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448. Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend an interview/Welcome Event, which gives you the opportunity to discuss your choice of pathway and your future career plans with the Access team. You will also have a chance to look around the College and ask any questions you may have.

Passport to Success

We will help you to develop a range of wider skills including English & Maths that will make you into a well-rounded professional who will be highly valued by employers and universities.

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.