Social Work BA (Hons)

School of Education and Social Work

Build your confidence and obtain the knowledge and experience to enter the social work profession

Date of entry

September 2021



Start date

September 2021


4 years

Study mode

Full Time


Dundee City Campus

Our BA Social Work graduate Catherine and Sarah from Dundee Carers Centre, tell us about the benefits of the placements and work experience available to our students at the University of Dundee.

Social justice is central to effective social work and to this course. You will develop a wide range of skills, values, and knowledge framed from a social justice perspective, to understand and address the social challenges faced by vulnerable people.

Social work offers you a fascinating and rewarding career. You'll gain valuable insight and experience of the social work role through a combination of learning opportunities on campus and in practice.

Practice learning opportunities take place in a range of settings, working with a variety of people with diverse needs. We have links with many agencies, and work in partnership to offer you practice learning opportunities with local authorities, and in private and voluntary settings.

Through reflective and professional practice, you'll learn about:

  • the community context of social work
  • the theory of contemporary practice
  • the legal and policy context
  • understanding human development
  • values and ethical issues
  • models of social work intervention

Through the active involvement of our Carer and User Group, we draw on the expertise of carers and those who use social work services. Their knowledge and experience informs many aspects of the course and you'll gain a greater understanding of their needs.

You will also have inter-professional learning opportunities, by studying alongside students on other courses such as teacher education, community education, and nursing.

“Studying social work at Dundee has completely changed my has provided me with a place to meet like-minded people and practical settings to practice what we are learning.”

James Moir, Social Work student

Professional Accreditation

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

Mutual recognition of professional qualifications after Brexit is a priority for UK professional bodies and universities. If you plan on practising outside the UK you should check with the relevant national authority on the recognition of this qualification.

Find out more from the UK Government

TEF Gold
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