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University of Edinburgh

Social Work

UCAS Code: L500

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Required subjects: A Level: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4 and Mathematics at grade B or 6. If Mathematics held at grade C or 4, this is accepted but students will be expected to undertake and pass a top-up Mathematics course whilst on-programme in order to satisfy SSSC registration requirements.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Award of Diploma with 34 points (grades 655 at HL). Required subjects: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at grade 4 and Mathematics at grade 5 or Mathematical Studies at grade 6. If Mathematics held at SL grade 4 (or 5 for Mathematical studies), this is accepted but students will be expected to undertake and pass a top-up Mathematics course whilst on-programme in order to satisfy SSSC registration requirements.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B-A,A,A,A

These grades must be achieved by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5: English at grade C and Mathematics at grade B. If Mathematics held at grade C, this is accepted but students will be expected to undertake and pass a top-up Mathematics course whilst on-programme in order to satisfy SSSC registration requirements.

UCAS Tariff

120-132

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

22%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social work

The study of social work allows you to develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to work with vulnerable people who are encountering difficulties in their personal or family lives or whose actions have led to the involvement of statutory services.

Social workers undertake sophisticated assessments in relation to issues of care and control in order to protect the individual and safeguard society. Social workers often work with other services including health, education, housing and the police.

They have a strong interest in human relationships and a commitment to social justice, along with well-developed social, empathic and communication skills. The work of a social worker is challenging, demanding and rewarding. A high level of personal resilience is required in order to manage the various challenges of this career.

Social workers represent society’s response to the challenges of families under stress, offending, long-term illness, mental illness and other serious problems. Good social work combines an interest in people with a rigorous intellectual attitude and the constant search for better methods of helping, supported by research and development.

It is a profession suited to creative, practical and resourceful individuals who enjoy working with people. You will combine ingenuity and optimism with honesty and realism in the face of the demanding situations which some service users experience. You should have a stable, well-integrated personality and you must be able to see beyond the immediate issues presented by service users, the general public and policy makers. You will also require well-developed social and communication skills and a high degree of empathy.

The University started providing training for social workers in 1918 and we are well-recognised as a leading institution in social work training. We have previously played a major role advising on the future shape of social work services in Scotland, and contributed to reports that led to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, which remains a core legislative basis for Scottish social work today.

We seek to meet the demands of a changing profession and contribute to understanding of, and improvements in, public policy and professional practice.

Entry to our Social Work programme is conditional on continued registration with the professional body, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), and up-to-date membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

In Years 1 and 2, you will study the history and development of social work, key milestones in its development and the policy and legal frameworks of practice. You will also begin to develop your people skills. In Years 3 and 4 you will then focus on the context and complexity of social work practice and will undertake two assessed practice placements, each based in different settings.

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

Entrance to BSc (Hons) Social Work is conditional on continued registration as a Student Social Worker with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). Successful applicants will be advised of how to apply for registration.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£20,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

School of Social and Political Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
high
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
49%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

70%
Welfare professionals
17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
3%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social work

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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