Social Work at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

Social workers support people in difficult circumstances to improve their wellbeing. They provide protection to people who may be vulnerable, and challenge social injustice. Social workers work within legal systems, and with communities and related services including:

  • health
  • education
  • housing
  • the police
Studying social work will enable you to think critically about the work that social workers do. You will develop:
  • skills in assessment and communication
  • a strong sense of professional ethics
  • an understanding of the importance of social justice
Our programme will provide you with an internationally-recognised professional qualification, which will enable you to register as a professional social worker. Who is this programme for? Social work is a profession suited to people who:
  • are creative
  • are practical
  • are resourceful
  • enjoy working with other people
You will combine ingenuity and optimism with honesty and realism, in the face of the demanding situations which some service users experience. You should have a stable, well-integrated personality, and you must be able to see beyond the immediate issues presented by service users, the general public, and policy-makers. You will also require well-developed social and communication skills and a high degree of empathy. Good social work combines an interest in people with a rigorous intellectual attitude and the constant search for better methods of helping, supported by research and development. All our students must register with the Scottish Social Services Council. Why Edinburgh? The University started providing training for social workers in 1918 and today we are well-recognised as a leading institution in social work training. We are a diverse and international community of staff and students. We work with local and international partners on all of our teaching programmes to ensure that our teaching reflects our commitment to social work values, ethics and social justice. Our research reflects the wide-ranging experience of our staff and postgraduate researchers and, with the help of our partners, our findings and knowledge exchange makes a difference across the world. Our graduates work throughout the world to make a real difference in the communities where they live. We seek to meet the demands of this changing profession and contribute to an understanding of, and improvements in, public policy and professional practice. We have previously played a major role advising on the future shape of social work services in Scotland. We contributed to reports that led to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, which remains a core legislative basis for Scottish social work today.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

All students must register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as students of social work. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

"Please consult the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) website for additional fitness to practise guidelines for this degree: Students will also need to meet any vaccination requirements for placements."

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)92Total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English AdvancedTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Cambridge English ProficiencyTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE II with distinctions in all four components.
PTE Academic62Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £26500 Year 1
International £26500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Scottish students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees. Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.
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