This degree will provide you with the knowledge, values and skills to practise as a qualified social worker, a role which is vital to the local community and the wider society.

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Robert Gordon University (RGU) is the largest provider of Social Work training in Scotland and the qualification you will achieve is widely recognised both at home and internationally.

You will be prepared for practice in all areas of social work, including Child Care, Child Protection, Criminal Justice and Community Care across a range of settings. This course is known for the high quality of its teaching and support, and the high level of employment achieved by its graduates.

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

L500

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Year 1

The foundations of Social Work are covered in Year 1 and you will engage in Sociology and Psychology to look at internal and external factors impacting on the lives of service users. You will be encouraged to start using research to support academic writing, and will also be introduced to Law.

Year 2

The foundations covered in Year 1 are built upon in Semester 1 of Year 2 before you commence your first placement. When you return for Semester 2 the focus turns to service user specific modules and we explore the skills and knowledge base required for each area.

Year 3

You will commence your second practical placement which takes place in Semester 1. Upon return in Semester 2, the modules will again focus on service user specific areas and will also start to prepare you for writing your dissertation.              

Year 4

Semester 1 will see you commence your final placement and in semester 2 you can select an elective module to study, alongside interdisciplinary practice and your dissertation study. 


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Study And Research Skills
  • Individual Psychology And The Lifespan
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Social Work Values, Roles And Tasks
    Semester 2
  • Cognitive And Social Psychology
  • Sociology Of Identity, Difference And Deviance
  • An Introduction To Law and Politics in Social Work
  • Social Work In Society
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Law And Social Work
  • Social Work Methods
  • Social Policy and Social Work Practice
  • Human Growth And Behaviour
    Semester 2
  • Social Work With Older People
  • Social Work With People With Substance Problems
  • Social Work Practice 1
  • Disability and Mental Health: A Life Course Approach
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Personal And Professional Development 1
  • Practice Learning 2/Contexts
  • Social Work Practice 2
    Semester 2
  • Social Work in Criminal Justice
  • Social Work with Children and Families
  • Counselling Within Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Practice And Research Methods
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Social Work Practice 3
  • Practice Learning - Risk Assessment/Risk Management
  • Evidence Based Practice
    Semester 2
  • Dissertation Study
  • Integration and Interdisciplinary Practice
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Social Work in a Global Context
  • Therapeutic Practice With Children
  • Leadership and Management in Social Work Settings
  • We use a variety of methods including; small group teaching, seminars, lectures, role-plays, simulations, laboratory experiments, workshops and projects.

    You are allocated a named personal tutor within the School of Applied Social Studies. The personal tutor provides you with advice and guidance on academic and non-academic matters. Tutor time is guided by you and facilitated by the tutor. 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.

    We believe that learning should be applied to practice so you are encouraged to become reflective, independent learners, identifying and working towards your own learning objectives.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 60 students per group
    • Four hours per week

    Seminars

    • Approximately 20 students per group
    • Eight hours per week

    Tutorial

    • One to one and a half hours average – student led

    Project Supervision

    • One to one and a half hours average – student led

    Placement

    • One student per group
    • 40 hours 

    Independent study summary

    There is a strong emphasis on independent study where you are encouraged to research material in preparation for tutorials, prepare group work exercises, and conduct a research project.  All modules will direct you to indicative and recommended reading. On average, you are encouraged to engage in 20 hours of independent study per module. 

    Staff delivering this course

    All staff delivering teaching on the Social Work course are qualified and hold a variety of academic qualifications.

    We have external providers who will provide teaching, as well as colleagues from across other schools in the Health and Social Care building. 

    Facilities

    • Moot Court
    • University Library 

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester: 

    Written Exams

    • Year 1 – Three exams with an average time of two hours per exam 

    Written Assignments, including essay

    • Year 1 –  Five
    • Year 2 – Eight
    • Year 3 – Six
    • Year 4 - Four 

    Oral Assessments

    • Year 1 – Two
    • Year 3 – One
    • Year 4 –  One

    Dissertation

    • Year 4 – One 

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

    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.

    English Language

    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:

    English Language requirements

    * 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.

    Compulsory unpaid placements of 40, 60 and 80 days (Year 2, 3 and 4) are integral to the course.

    Professional Accreditation

    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.

    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:

    Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,600 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,160 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,250 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Scottish, EU and Rest of UK applicants

    You must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    For course enquiries contact Stewart Brodie s.brodie@rgu.ac.uk or phone 01224 263226.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Following successful completion of the course, students find employment across the social work sector. In the past our students have been in great demand throughout the UK. The international focus of the course also provides employment possibilities in a range of European countries, the USA and Australia. Our graduates have also found employment in criminal justice, child care/child protection as well as working with people with mental health issues, substance misuse problems, physical disabilities or old age.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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