There are no formal entry requirements to study this certificate, but you will need to be working within or have access to a social care agency – for example, through voluntary work.
Note that for the module Foundations for social work practice (KYJ113) you’ll need to organise and complete a minimum 10 day period of verified practice learning in a social care setting which must involve shadowing a qualified social worker. This practice experience must be verified, and may require you to obtain and pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check. If you are already working in a social care setting your employer may help you organise this practice experience but please note that they are under no obligation to do so. You will also be required to attend seven, one-day work shops. You should take all these points into account before registering for this qualification.
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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