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Access to Social Work West Thames College



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Access courses are intensive, demanding one-year courses designed for mature students (aged 19+) who want to gain the study skills and academic knowledge required for university-level study. You will attend college up to 16 hours per week and you should plan for a roughly similar amount of independent study. If you work or have childcare/other responsibilities, you must put arrangements in place to enable you to meet the full demands of the course. You should have relevant, recent work experience (or you will be expected to find a regular work placement before the course begins).

This course is for those wishing to pursue a career in social work or other care professions. It covers social policy, sociology, social work theory and practice, psychology, study skills, and GCSE Maths and English.

You will study:

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Maths
  • Sociology
  • Social work theory and practice
  • Psychology
  • Study skills.

You are expected to find a work placement in time for the start of the course.

The course is designed for adult learners and is taught by tutors who have experience with and are sympathetic to the needs of people returning to study after a long break. You will attend classes for 36 weeks during the year for up to 13 hours per week. You should, however, plan for a roughly similar amount of unsupervised study. You will not be timetabled in college during the normal school holidays. You will usually be in a group of 20-22 adult students and will participate in a variety of group and individual activities.

It is essential that you undertake work experience or voluntary work outside curriculum hours. This will support your application to university.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Access to Social Work.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

Contact provider


08 Sep, 01 Sep, 09 Sep


West Thames College

London Road,



TW7 4HS, England

Entry requirement for international students

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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