The Open University
Social Work (Scotland) (Q41) BA (Hons)
The Open University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. The OU offers a work-based distance learning route to the degree. Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), 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. You'll also need to be released from your substansive post to undertake two 100-day placements. In exceptional circumstances, placements within your work setting can be considered but will require the approval of the OU Social Work Team in Scotland.

Key features of the course

  • Study through work-based and distance learning – this includes undertaking two 100-day work placements

  • 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.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 8 graduates of Social Work (Scotland) (Q41) BA (Hons) at The Open University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Social Work.

Overall student satisfaction
100 /100
8 total respondents


Salary of all UK Graduates of Social Work

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28232 £24030 £26245
25-75 percentile range £24467 - £31397 £16167 - £29504 £17741 - £33083

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

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Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

The Open University is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Average student cost of living in 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

    • #35 
    • #301 
    Social Sciences
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

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About The Open University

The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and it’s the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.

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Where is this programme taught

Distance Learning
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