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University of the West of Scotland

Social Work BA Hons

UCAS Code: L500

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

108
23%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Social work

Qualify as a social worker through this professionally accredited 4-year Honours programme, developing the practical skills and knowledge you need to play a crucial role in improving peoples lives.The programme is designed and delivered in collaboration with employers and service users to ensure you are equipped to make a difference in the field, and all lecturers are themselves registered social workers. Practice learning is an integral component of the degree and you will apply your learning through 200 days of practice in settings such as prisons, childrens units, addiction teams, womens support and womens aid. The programme meets the requirements of the Scottish Government. It has been approved by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and graduates will register with them.Course contentThe programme is designed and delivered in collaboration with employers and service users to ensure you are equipped to make a difference in the field, and all lecturers are themselves registered social workers. Practice learning is an integral component of the degree and you will apply your learning through 200 days of practice in settings such as prisons, childrens units, addiction teams, womens support and womens aid. The programme meets the requirements of the Scottish Government. It has been approved by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and graduates will register with them. In Year 1 you will be introduced to key issues in social work as part of a broad based social science curriculum. In Year 2 you will focus exclusively on social work, developing your practitioner communication skills and knowledge of social work law, and undertaking a 30-day practice placement In Year 3 you will consolidate your knowledge of social work theory and practice across various service user groups, and undertake 85 days of practice placement. In Year 4 (Honours) you will study the critical and radical social work tradition, carry out a research dissertation on a social work topic of your choice, and undertake 85 days of practice placement. Career prospectsGraduates enjoy excellent reputations with employers, working in local authority social services; the voluntary or independent sectors; and in health or education. Careers also include children and families, community care or criminal justice.Placement/Work-based learningPractice learning is integral to the programme, and you can apply your academic learning via 200 days practice learning in traditional and innovative settings. Placements are varied, including prisons, childrens units, hospices, addiction teams, womens support and womens aid. Students have also undertaken observational placements in organizations such as Alzheimers Scotland and Crossroads Youth and Community Association.Professional recognitionThe programme meets the requirements of the Scottish Government and has been approved by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and successful applicants will register with them.Useful Information96% student satisfaction (NSS 2015)95% of students in work/further study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVGs)Applicants will be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme), managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. For more information please refer to www.scotland.gov.uk

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Paisley Campus

Dumfries Campus

Department:

Media, Culture and Society

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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.

76%
med
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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

75%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
21%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

43%
Welfare professionals
36%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
10%
Childcare and related personal 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.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£20k

£20k

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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