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    January 15

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    Why study Social Work at Dundee?

    At the University of Dundee we approach social work from a social justice perspective, always aware of issues of human rights and of the disadvantages many people encounter in our society.

    Social workers are often involved in complex and sometimes difficult situations. They are also involved in rewarding and meaningful work. At the University of Dundee you will learn the skills to equip you to successfully work with the wide range of social problems encountered in social work settings as well as the skills to engage far more widely with people in all sorts of circumstances.

    Our programme draws heavily on the expertise of users of social work services and carers, as well as wider stakeholders such as local authority, voluntary agency and private agency staff. Users of social work inform many aspects of the programme such as assessment and also work alongside lecturers to deepen your understanding of their needs.

    Alongside developing knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities, the programme will provide you with an underpinning knowledge about ethical theory and will stimulate discussion and reflection on your own ethics.

    There is a strong commitment within the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education to provide you with experience of working with other caring professions. You will be offered a strong inter-professional thread throughout the four years of the degree, including practice learning opportunities within inter-professional settings. The worth of this approach has been formally recognised by the award of a university prize for innovation.

    What's so good about Social Work at Dundee?

    Our programme offers a range of Practice Learning Opportunities in various settings and with various service-user groups including children and families, offenders, older adults, people with physical and learning disabilities, people with mental ill health and people who misuse substances.

    Students often tell us that the learning and experience they gain from practice learning remains with them forever.

    • We have very strong links to local agency partners who provide us with Practice Learning Opportunities for students.
    • We have a clear focus on looking ahead to finding employment in the final year.
    • We have a reputation for producing good quality graduates.
    • We collaborate closely with our Service Users and Carers group. Service users and carers are involved in the selection of students, in teaching and in many other aspects of the programme.

    The current need for qualified social workers means that the vast majority of graduates find attractive posts within a short time of leaving university. You may find that you can secure employment within one of your placement agencies in advance of finishing your studies. Dundee graduates in recent years have risen to the highest professional levels in social work and related agencies.

    Since social workers are employed in a wide range of community and group care settings, providing services for most social groups, there is scope to pursue a career in line with your particular interests. The programme provides you with a generic qualification which will allow you to work across all social work contexts.

    UCAS Code: L500

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee

    The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

    The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

    Fee category

    Fees for students starting September 2015

    Scottish students

    £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

    Rest of UK students

    £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.

    EU students

    £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

    Overseas students (non-EU)

    £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

    Not specified Start date September 2015 Course starts in September Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    What You'll Study

    This degree course is based in the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education.

    A variety of teaching methods is used throughout the programme and the emphasis is on experience and participation.

    Honours Degree

    An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below

    Advanced Entry Honours Degree

    Direct entry to Levels 2 and 3 of the programme may be considered where the applicant can provide evidence of the appropriate level of qualifications and experience. This would be discussed at the point of application.

    Typical Degree Programme

    Level 1

    This year introduces you to the fundamentals of your social work training, embedding knowledge, skills and values in relation to reflective and professional practice. You will have an opportunity to learn alongside students from teacher education and community education within a joint module.

    There will also be formative practice learning experiences which will give you the opportunity to learn about the community context of social work, the social work role and task and the experience of service users and carers.

    • Reflective Social Work Practice
    • Working Together
    • Formation of Social Work
    • Assessing Human Behaviour in the Social Environment 1
    • Relationship-based Social Work
    • Power, Politics and Practice

    Level 2

    This year consolidates learning and reflective skills and the theoretical components underpinning contemporary practice, including the legal context of social work and social policy. You will also learn more about the values base in which social work operates and some of the ethical issues facing us in today's society. The joint learning continues with your peers from teacher education and community learning and development and issues of a national and global level are explored.

    You will undertake your first assessed period of practice learning in the second semester which will give you a valuable opportunity to link your academic learning to practice, and to develop your practice skills.

    • Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Social Work Law and Practice
    • Practice Learning 2
    • The Foundations of Policy and Practice
    • Practice Learning 3

    Level 3

    The third year of the programme gives you an opportunity to develop your knowledge base to encompass more specialist areas of theory and research. This learning has a strong focus on practical application and you will develop a clear and critical understanding of models of social work intervention.

    • Working Together to Achieve Social Justice
    • Models and Methods of Intervention
    • Reading, Understanding and Applying Research
    • Assessing Human Behaviour in the Social Environment 2

    Level 4

    This year contains your final practice learning opportunity. You will be required to meet the standards required of a qualifying social worker, and will be given opportunities to consider ongoing professional development needs beyond the programme. The year represents the culmination of all your learning on the programme.

    • Reflective Practice 4
    • Professional Practice
    • Practice Learning 4
    How you will be assessed

    Assessment is predominantly concerned with assignments drawn from coursework which are designed to build your knowledge and skills base progressively and systematically. Social work practice is also assessed on Practice Learning Opportunities, as are the written assignments generated by the experience.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    See Course Homepage for Full Details

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Dundee.


    Professional Accreditation

    This programme is accredited by The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and is recognised by all the UK social work registering bodies.

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