What are the entry requirements for Social Work?
A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with honours at a minimum of 2.2 preferably in a Social Science related subject and social care experience.
Preference for interview will be given to candidates with 2.1 and above, with relevant social care experience. Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or significant relevant work experience, which demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills or who have a post graduate or distinction award in a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant health and social care profession where honours study was not an option will be considered for selection on an individual basis.
Literacy & Numeracy requirements
It is essential for students to demonstrate skills in literacy and criticality over the course of the degree programmes to fully meet the Standards in Social Work Educaion (SiSWE). Applicants must be able to:
(i) demonstrate proficiency in English language
(ii) have capability in literacy to meet programme outcomes
(iii) have capability for digital and technological literacy to meet programme outcomes.
These skills would normally be equivalent to a minimum SCQF level 5 (Grade C or equivalent). Literacy skills may also be evidenced by a test at point of interview mapped against SCQF Level 5 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 7.
Applicants will evidence one of the following:
i) The numerical skills required to understand the course materials and meet the Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE), for example: financial assessment; budgetary procedures; managing care plans and resources or interpreting graphical data
These skills would normally be equivalent to a minimum SCQF level 5 Core Skills Numeracy at Grade C. Numeracy skills may also be evidenced by a numeracy test at point of interview mapped against SCQF Level 5.
ii) The ability and opportunity to learn and to demonstrate the required numerical skills while studying for the degree, for example successful completion of an undergraduate statistics or data skills module in the first year.
We will support students throughout the programme in continuously developing their abilities in numeracy, literacy, digital and technological literacy to meet programme outcomes and prepare for professional practice.
Non-academic entry requirements
1. Commitment to and knowledge of subject area
Applicants must demonstrate commitment to, and knowledge of, Social Work. A personal statement will be required alongside the application form evidencing experience in a social care /social work setting. This work can be on a voluntary or paid basis. Normally, we would expect work experience to be a minimum of six months at the time of application.
Applicants will be expected to provide two references in support of their application. These references will normally include one academic and one professional reference.
3. English language entry requirements
As all learning, teaching and assessment activities are conducted in English, if your first language is not English you must have a minimum International English Language Testing System score of 7.0 with all four elements having a score of at least 6.5.
4. Criminal records check
All candidates (both UK and overseas) are required to undergo an enhanced criminal records check by the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme in Scotland and have a satisfactory outcome. International candidates must provide an equivalent, criminal records check from the country or countries of residence prior to entering the UK.
5. Applicants with a declared disability
We are committed to providing equality of opportunity through the best possible level of support to students. Any disability or medical condition requiring additional support should be disclosed on the application to ensure ENU can provide student-centred support.
There will be an individual selection interview. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.
Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Check. This will be sent to you prior to interview and will be conducted on the interview day. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.
All students are required to register as a Social Work student with the Scottish Social Services Council on joining the programme.
Can I get admission into Social Work based on my working experience in this sector?
This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.
Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.
Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?
If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 with no individual component score of less than 6.5. For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
- BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
- BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
- All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.
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