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Course summary

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.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Scottish Social Services Council

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Subject Specific Requirement: Numeracy and Literacy requirements evidenced at a minimum by Maths and English Standard Grade 3, National 5(c), Intermediate 2(c), GCSE (c/4) or equivalent qualification at this level. Those without the formal qualifications for numeracy may be able to undertake additional study in the first year. If you do not have these requirements please contact [email protected] to discuss your qualifications. A written stage 2 selection task for selected applicants.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Obtain IELTS 7.0 with 6.0 minimum in each skill or equivalent.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements there are English language courses which can help you prepare for your degree:

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

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Fee rates have still to be confirmed for the 2022/3 Academic Session. To view the fee rates for last session, please review on our website:
Social Work at University of Stirling - UCAS