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Social Work

L500

4 years

Full-time

BSc

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 36 points overall and grades 665 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: BBBB by the end of S5 or BBBBB/ABBB from S4–S6. Standard Grades: English at Grade 2 and Mathematics at Grade 2.
  • A Levels: BBB. GCSEs: English at Grade B and Mathematics at Grade B.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 555 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 4 or Mathematical Studies at 5.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Applications

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to complete a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) criminal record check before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don’t live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

Scottish Social Services Council

All students must register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as students of social work.

More information

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 36 points overall and grades 665 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: BBBB by the end of S5 or BBBBB/ABBB from S4–S6. Standard Grades: English at Grade 2 and Mathematics at Grade 2.
  • A Levels: BBB. GCSEs: English at Grade B and Mathematics at Grade B.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 555 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 4 or Mathematical Studies at 5.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Applications

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to complete a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) criminal record check before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don’t live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

Scottish Social Services Council

All students must register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as students of social work.

More information

Overview

Accreditation

The BSc Social Work (Hons) is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

What you will study

Year 1

You will study the roots of social work and the milestones in the field's development. You will also study social policy and will be able to choose a range of optional courses.

Year 2

You will study the policy and legal frameworks of social work and take the course Working and Relating: Developing Your People Skills, plus two optional courses of your choice.

At the end of your second year you will decide if you want to continue towards a professional social work qualification. Acceptance into Year 3 is subject to a recruitment process.

Year 3

You will study compulsory courses: Social Work in Communities; Social Work with Individuals and Families; Working with Self and Others: Skills, Theories and Methods; Understanding Care and Control; Professional Practice in Social Work 1. A short 10-day observational placement takes place towards the end of semester 1.

Year 4

You will study: Working with Risk, Trust and Complexity, Professional Practice in Social Work 2 and undertake a dissertation.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and group activities.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams, coursework and, in your honours years, by a combination of coursework, groupwork and your performance on your practice placements.

Placements

Practice placements in years 3 and 4 are full time and are organised by the University. Placements are generally in agencies in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Scottish Borders and Fife.

Programme structure

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Details

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