Information for learners
Is this the right qualification for you?
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.
The qualification gives you the relevant academic subject knowledge needed for higher education study and the opportunity to develop study skills to help you to succeed. It is well established and widely accepted by universities, qualifying for UCAS tariff points that are comparable to the tariff points for three A levels.
Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Social Work. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study:
- Social Work
- Youth and Community Work
- Social Policy
- Criminology and other related degrees.
In addition, some colleges offer internal progression to, for example, to their Higher National Diplomas in Health and Social Care.
You can find out more about the Access to HE Diploma in our Guide for Learners and Learner Area.