Taught course

Social Work

Robert Gordon University · School of Applied Social Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in a social science discipline.

Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

GCSE in Maths grade B or equivalent required. Applicants that do not have this will be offered the University’s numeracy test.

Applicants are also required to show evidence of computer literacy for the European Computer Driving Licence.

Some experience in a caring or closely allied field is normally required, as well as basic knowledge of the UK and political system.

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service/Criminal Conviction Check, a successful interview and passing our written test.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will introduce you to the values, skills and competencies required for the practice of social work. It provides graduates with the opportunity to train as social workers to the standard prescribed as qualifying level by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The higher exit option (MSc) is an academic award based on research rather than a professional award, and offers a methodological underpinning for those seeking to move into research or training in social work. As a graduate of this course you will be capable of gaining employment in areas where a professional qualification in social work is required, including field work, group care, community care and hospital settings in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Information for international students

Postgraduate courses normally require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components. Some of our courses require a different level of English. Please check our course pages for specific details. Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

Fees and funding

UK students
Scottish/EU Students £3,400 per academic year, Rest of UK Students £6,750 per academic year
International students
£12,670 per academic year

For more information, visit www.rgu.ac.uk/finance

Qualification and course duration


full time
27 months


full time
24 months

Further details of qualification

This course provides graduates with the opportunity to train as social workers to the standard prescribed by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as qualifying level. The higher exit option (MSc) is an academic rather than a professional award.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment45
Professional practice45

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1224 262728