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For detailed information about our Social Work degree programme, including entry requirements, fees and English languauge requirements, please visit our programme overview pages on the University of Edinburgh website:

Social Work (BSc)

Programme of Study

The BSc (Social Work) comprises two years of foundation studies in the social sciences followed by two years of professional education and training. In the first two years, students take four courses in social work, plus other outside subjects. The social work courses provide an introduction to policy and practice in social work, as well as covering the history of social work and its place in society, and key research studies in social work. Towards the end of the second year, students apply for entry to the second half of the degree programme. Those selected on the basis of suitability for social work proceed to the professional part of the course for two more years.

Students who do not wish to progress to the professional course, or who are not selected to do so, transfer to the main social sciences degree courses of BSc or MA (one or two years respectively).

The final two years are spent in preparation for practice. Students spend about half their time in professional social work settings, in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, where their work is supervised by a qualified practice teacher. The rest of the time is spent in the university, in classes which cover everything from the law to policy and practice as it relates to social work. All students undertake an honours dissertation which relates to an aspect of social work practice.

For further information on the Social Work (BSc) degree programme, please visit the Social Work subject page

Social Work