Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Social Work Degree BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Social Work
The role of the social worker is vital to the local community and society in general. Working with people of all ages who may be socially excluded, vulnerable or undergoing some level of crisis, your role will be to guide, support and enable the service user to eventually support themselves as much as possible.
This full-time degree will provide you with the underpinning knowledge, values and skills required by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to practise as a qualified social worker. You will be prepared for practice in all areas of social work, including child care, child protection, criminal justice and community care, and in a range of settings, including community, residential and group care.
This long-established course has an enviable reputation for the high quality of its teaching and support, as well as the high level of employment achieved by its graduates.
2. What you will study
- Study and Research Skills
- Individual Psychology and the Lifespan
- Introductory Sociology
- Social Work Values, Roles and Tasks
- Cognitive and Social Psychology
- Sociology of Identity, Difference and Deviance
- An Introduction to Law and Politics in Social Work
- Social Work in Society
- Law and Social Work
- Human Growth and Behaviour
- Social Policy and Social Work Practice
- Social Work Methods
- Social Work Practice 1
- Disability and Mental Health: A Life Course Approach
- Social Work with Older People
- Social Work with People with Substance Problems
- Social Work Practice 2
- Practice Learning 2/Contexts
- Personal and Professional Development 1
- Social Work with Children and Families
- Social Work Practice and Research Methods
- Social Work in Criminal Justice
- Counselling within Social Work Practice
- Social Work Practice 3
- Practice Learning – Risk Assessment/Risk Management
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Dissertation Study
- Integration and Interdisciplinary Practice
- Social Work in a Global Context OR Leadership and Management in Social Work Settings OR Therapeutic Practice with Children
The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.
3. How you will learn
The School of Applied Social Studies uses a variety of instructional methods including; small group teaching, seminars, lectures, role-plays, simulations, laboratory experiments, workshops and projects.
Student studies are supported by state-of-the-art facilities at Garthdee including an excellent library, over 2,500 desktop computers and full network facilities incorporating a virtual learning environment, the Virtual Campus.
The school believes that learning should be applied to practice so students are encouraged to become reflective, independent learners, identifying and working towards their own learning objectives.
All students are allocated a named personal tutor within the School of Applied Social Studies. The personal tutor provides students with advice and guidance on academic and non-academic matters. Initially they may need to help new students adjust to University life and later on personal tutors will check whether students are encountering difficulties that are preventing them from obtaining the full benefit of University studies.
How the tutor time is used is guided by the student and facilitated by the tutor. Many tutors will see their students at least twice a semester however this can be more frequent during the first semester of year one to facilitate the transition to university life. Personal tutors are accessible by appointment throughout the semester. In the case of an urgent request every effort is made to provide an appointment the same day.
4. Entry requirements
SQA Higher: BBCC. Applicants will be expected to have Mathematics, Numeracy or equivalent at National 5 at grade C or above.
GCE A Level: CCC. Applicants will be expected to have Mathematics, Numeracy or equivalent at GCSE level at grade 5/C or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3. Applicants will be expected to have Mathematics, Numeracy or equivalent at grade O3 or above.
IB Diploma: 26. Applicants will be expected to have Mathematics, Numeracy or equivalent at Standard Level grade 4 or above
Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Advanced Entry: Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis. If interested in this possibility please contact the Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
Interview: You will be required to attend an interview. Overseas applicants will be interviewed by Skype. Applicants who do not have an appropriate certificated level of Mathematics, Numeracy or equivalent will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of numeracy at interview.
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.
5. Placements and accreditations
A major strength of the course is the practice placement opportunities which are an integral part of study. You will undertake three practice placements: one lasting two months, one lasting three months and one lasting four months. There is also the opportunity to undertake one placement in a European country other than the UK. The rewards from undertaking these placements are enormous, both in terms of initial professional development and in applying theoretical principles to real-life situations. Practice is assessed according to the competence requirements of Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
Successful completion of the degree confers eligibility to practise as a social worker within the UK, and to register with the SSSC and the other Social Care Councils in the UK.
6. Student Funding
If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.
Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website: