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Social Work (Scotland) (graduate entry) (Q50) BA (Hons)
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Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Social Work

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Social Work at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £31000 £31000 £33500
25-75 percentile range £29000 - £33000 £26000 - £34500 £28000 - £39000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Social Work

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £29127 £24882 £27670
25-75 percentile range £25062 - £31576 £17078 - £30541 £18866 - £34301

Course Description

This social work qualification is for students who already have a degree in any subject from a UK university. A shorter version of our BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland) (Q41), it enables you to join the programme at a later stage, provided that you meet the entry requirements.

This degree is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), and successful completion entitles you to apply for registration as a qualified social worker, working in either children’s or adult services. To take this course, you need to be working in a social care agency in Scotland, whether or not you’re sponsored by your employer.

Key features of the course

  • Continue in your employment while you study, earning while you learn

  • Study through work-based and distance learning

  • 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

Accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirements for registration with this body.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Social Work (Scotland) (graduate entry) (Q50) BA (Hons) at The Open University

85% Welfare Professionals
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Welfare and housing associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Social Work (Scotland) (graduate entry) (Q50), BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The Open University in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #45 
    • #401 
    Social Sciences
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

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About The Open University

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Where is this programme taught

Distance Learning
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