Social work is a complex and demanding role working with vulnerable individuals to support and improve people’s lives. Social workers are always in demand and there are many opportunities to progress as a senior social worker, a social work manager, in teaching or as an inspector for regulatory bodies. The degree can also open up opportunities to work in other sectors throughout the UK.
Year 1: Preparing for Lifelong Learning; Understanding Social Science and Social Research; Individuals, Communities and Society; Psychology for Social Work; Poverty, Disadvantage and Discrimination; Values, Ethics and Justice.
Year 2: Law for Social Work Practice; Social Work Organisation and Collaborative Practice; Social Work Processes and Practices; Observational Placement; Social Work in Diverse Contexts; Understanding Risk and Protection; optional module.
Year 3: Practice Learning 1: Organisational Context; Practice Learning 1: Social Work Practice (80 day placement); Social Work Approaches and Methods; Social Research for Social Work; Social Work in a Global Context.
Year 4: Practice Learning 2: Organisational Context; Practice Learning 2: Social Work Practice (80 day placement); Preparing for Professional Practice; Honours dissertation.
2024 entry requirements
4 Highers at AABB (from S6) including English or a social science subject at B plus English (if not held at Higher) and Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5 at C.
Widening access entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (from S6) including English or a social science subject at B plus English (if not held at Higher) and Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5 at C.
You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Work and Social Policy