Social Work

Course details





Start Date

September 2018


BA (Hons)

About the course

The UWS BA Social Work has been designed in collaboration with employers and service users to provide you with the knowledge and practical experience to qualify as a practicing social worker. 

Within a globally defined profession, social workers help people help themselves and play a crucial role in improving lives. 

Throughout the course, we offer a progressive, flexible and student-centred learning environment. This allows you to develop personally and professionally to achieve an honours degree, a nationally recognised professional qualification and the opportunity to pursue an extremely rewarding and increasingly important career in modern society. 

Key features of our programme are: 

  • An individualised and research-driven approach to learning that allows you to study and develop your own area of interest across the 4 years of the programme; 
  • A sound, inter-disciplinary social science foundation; 
  • An appreciation of the centrality of practice reliant on strong relationships with both service users and carers and social work employers; 
  • Practice learning experiences in years 1, 2, 3 and 4, in which you can apply both classroom-based learning and your own enquiry-based learning; 
  • Multi-campus delivery; 
  • Opportunities for international experiences; 
  • A strong, personalised tutorial support system.

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:

Scotland & EU/EEA

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Open
  • Year 3: Closed

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Open
  • Year 3: Closed

International (non-EU)

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Open
  • Year 3: Closed

Entry Requirements

  • Scottish Highers: BBBB plus English and Maths at Standard Grade / National 5 level or 108 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: CCC including English and Maths or 96 UCAS Tariff points
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including English plus Maths at Ordinary Level 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities AAB with Higher English or Comm4 and Literature 1
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Sciences or Social Care or Social Studies or Early Education & Childcare or Working with Communities or Counselling or Social Services or Additional Support Needs: Managing & Supporting the Services
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Care plus English and Maths at Standard Grade / National 5 level or Social Studies plus English and Maths at Standard Grade / National 5 level or Care & Admin Practice with life experience plus English and Maths at Standard Grade / National 5 level

Clearing Guide

Clearing can sometimes feel like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Don’t worry though as we’re here to guide you through the process, giving you the information and advice you need.

UCAS Track

You should use UCAS Track to keep up-to-date with your Undergraduate application. Your UCAS Track account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Fees & Funding

Your tuition fee status is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ordinarily resident. Find out all about undergraduate fees and funding for Scottish, UK, EU and International students, including tuition fees, student loans, and alternative sources of funding.

Contact us

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

Whilst we may be dealing with a lot of enquiries during Results Day, our advisors will do everything they can to answer your call or email as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)


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Need help? Call the Clearing hotline: +44(0)141 849 4101

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we’re here to help!

Lines are open from 8.45am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday with extended hours on the dates below. Whilst our lines may be busy during results day, our advisors will do everything they can to answer your call as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

  • Tuesday 6th August – 8.30am-6pm
  • Wednesday 7th August – 8.30am-6pm
  • Thursday 8th August – 8.30am-6pm
  • Friday 9th August – 8.30am-6pm

From Monday 12 August and onwards: 8.45am – 4.45pm

Clearing drop-in sessions

Our clearing drop-in sessions will be taking place simultaneously at both our Paisley and Lanarkshire campuses on Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th of August from 3.00 – 6.00pm.

Our student recruitment team and ambassadors will be on-hand to give you advice about your potential study options and what you are eligible to apply for.

If you already have your results, we’ll even be able to take you through your UCAS application if you wish to apply on-the-spot.

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