This degree course is restricted to students working or volunteering in social care in Wales.
There are two routes into this qualification, depending on whether you are being sponsored by your employer or studying independently.
For sponsored students, entry has to be made through the employing agency.
Independent students must apply via The Open University in Wales.
To study this degree you must:
- have a qualification in Maths and Welsh or English (this must be equivalent to grade C at GCSE or above)
- show that you can communicate clearly in spoken and written English or Welsh
- demonstrate that you have the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to be a social worker
- take part in an interview
- obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) with barred lists (children and adults) check and a medical check
If you are an independent student, in addition to the above, you must have successfully completed the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales) (T34)
. Following selection you then enter the degree at Stage 2.
For more information on either route or how to apply, contact the Wales Faculty on 02920 262728 or Email: Wales-HWSC@open.ac.uk
Apply by 30 April 2018 (independent route) and 01 July 2018 (sponsored route).
Apply by 30 April 2018 (independent route) and 01 November 2018 (sponsored route).
How much time do I need?
Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner
- Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
- This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
Counting previous study
You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification, if you have:
- already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
- other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.
Find out more about credit transfer
Preparing for study with an Access module
If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:
- a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
- support from a dedicated team throughout your study
- detailed written feedback.
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