Social Work

Course details





Start Date

September 2020


BA (Hons)

About the course

Help improve the lives of others and kick-start your journey towards qualifying as a practising social worker with UWS’s BA (Hons) Social Work programme.

This programme offers a progressive, flexible and student-centred learning environment that allows you to develop personally and professionally and achieve a nationally recognised professional qualification that opens doors to a rewarding and increasingly important career.

  • This programme has been designed in collaboration with employers and service users to provide you with the knowledge and practical experience to qualify as a practising social worker.
  • Teaching covers a wide range of topics, including social policy, social work law and social work with children and families.
  • An individualised and research-driven approach to learning allows you to develop your own areas of interest throughout this programme.
  • Practical learning experiences are a key feature of the course, allowing you to apply both classroom-based learning and your own enquiry-based learning in real-world settings.
  • This programme has been approved by the Scottish Social Services Council.

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

Scotland & EU/EEA

  • Year 1: Closed
  • Year 2: Closed
  • 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 (108 UCAS Tariff points) plus SQA National 5 / Intermediate 2 / Standard Grade (Credit) English and Maths
  • A levels: CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points) plus GCSE English and Maths
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 Hs including English plus Maths at Ordinary Level 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points, 3@Higher Level
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities ABB or Access to Social Work AAB – both must include SQA 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 or Childhood Practice or Health Care (for SQA HNCs, all must have Grade B in Graded Unit) – in addition, all must also possess SQA National 5 / GCSE English & Maths (or equivalent)

NB: Through a special agreement with Dumfries & Galloway College for current (HNC Social Care/Social Science students) – if applicants do not have SQA National 5 Maths (but have National 4 Maths, or equivalent) may be invited to interview and, if successful, to attend a dedicated Maths Summer School

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points, 4@Higher Level
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Care; Social Studies; Care & Admin Practice [combined with relevent real life experience] (for SQA HNDs, with Grade A in Graded Units) in addition, all must also possess SQA National 5 / GCSE English & Maths (or equivalent)

Clearing Guide

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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

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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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