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University of Stirling

Social Work

UCAS Code: L500

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B

AAAB over 2 sittings

UCAS Tariff

120

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20%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social work

Do you want a career that is stimulating, rewarding and makes a positive contribution to society? If so a degree in social work could be for you.
At the University of Stirling we are committed to progressive social change through teaching, research and an active involvement with practice. We believe in a social work profession defined not only by its function but also by its values and integrity. We promote an understanding of social work informed by social justice and human rights, a profession that acknowledges the links between “public issues” and “private troubles” and seeks to address both. We value social work practice that has prevention at its heart and recognises the importance of collective approaches, actively engaging with and learning from user movements. This degree course incorporates the professional qualification for social work alongside a strong grounding in relevant social science subjects. We will help you to become a social worker who is knowledgeable, skilled, analytical and ethical in your approach. You will be taught by a team of qualified social workers including world leaders in their research field and academics who maintain close connections with practice. You will benefit from a combination of small classes, workshops, seminars and formal lectures with creative approaches to teaching and assessment as well as detailed feedback on your progress. You will experience contributions to teaching by people who have used social work services and carers. On practice placements you will be supported and assessed by accredited Practice Educators. In semesters 1 – 3 you will follow introductory courses in Sociology and Social Policy. In addition, you will take four modules that introduce you to social work knowledge, skills, law and policy, one of which incorporates community-based practice. Two other modules of your choice will also be taken. In semesters 4 – 8 undergraduate students benefit from sharing parts of their professional education with postgraduate students studying social work at MSc level. Through an integrated academic and professional curriculum, you will undertake:
• Seven university-based modules focusing on the application of knowledge, theory and research to practice, and the development of specific skills required for social work. These include teaching on: the theory and practice of social work with children, families, people with disabilities and people who offend; human development; ethical practice; assessment and intervention models, working with risk and social inquiry for social work. • Two professional practice learning opportunities in semester 5 (75 days) and in the summer period between semesters 6 and 7 (95 days). These take place in a variety of settings where students will undertake direct work with people who use services.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Stirling

Department:

Applied Social Science

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Social sciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
16%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

83%
Welfare professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
4%
Managers and proprietors in other services
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.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

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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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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