Social Work (Scotland) (Q41) at Open University - UCAS

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Degree level: Undergraduate
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Social Work (Scotland) (Q41)

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Course summary

Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. The OU offers a work-based distance learning route to the degree. All social work students in Scotland must be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). Successful graduates can apply for registration as qualified social workers with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), working in children’s, adult or justice services. To take this course, you need to have at least one year's experience working alongside service users and carers in a supportive capacity. The programme is available to students who may be sponsored but also for those who may be studying independently. You'll need to be released from your substantive post to undertake two contrasting 100-day placements. It should be assumed that these placements will not be in your substantive role. Key features of the course

  • Study through work-based and distance learning – this includes undertaking two 100-day work placements
  • Develop the knowledge and practical skills that underpin effective practice
  • Learn to deal professionally with complex, difficult and sensitive issues
  • Improve your career progression opportunities within social work


You’ll begin Stage 1 with two introductory modules – one with a focus on health and social care and one with a focus on the social sciences. Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study a module on children and young people followed by a practice-based module. Stage 3 consists of a module on the law and social work, followed by a practice-based module where you’ll undertake a 100-day placement. Finally, in Stage 4, you’ll study either a module with a focus on investigating health and social care or mental health, and complete your degree with another 100-day social work practice placement.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

This degree course is restricted to students working in social care in Scotland. For sponsored students entry has to be made through the employing agency: you cannot apply direct to the OU. A limited number of places are available to non-sponsored students – for more information contact The Open University in Scotland. Employing agencies and individuals who are interested in this degree should contact the Social Work Co-ordinator at The Open University in Scotland on 0131 226 3851 or email [email protected]. All candidates for the degree must: have qualifications in English and Maths at the level of Standard Grade Two show that they can communicate clearly in spoken and written English demonstrate that they have the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to be social workers take part in an interview register with the SSSC as a student social worker – this includes a Disclosure Scotland check. Many students receive credit transfer for study completed elsewhere, enabling them to start this programme at Stage 2. However, some may need to complete additional modules at Stage 1. If you are a non-sponsored student, you must have completed Stages 1 and 2 either by passing the specified OU modules or by being awarded credit transfer for previous study elsewhere. Following a successful interview and selection, you will then enter the degree at Stage 3.

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Social Work (Scotland) (Q41) at Open University - UCAS