Social work degree and postgraduate courses

Approved courses

The SSSC approves social work honours degree and postgraduate courses at universities across Scotland. 

You can find out more about a career in social work, social care and early education and child care in the careers section of the SSSC website. 

Practice learning case studies 

Six new case study learning materials are now available to support the assessment of practice learning within the Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE) against levels 9 and 10 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 

Recent research highlighted inconsistencies in the SiSWE student practice learning opportunities for students on the degree in social work programme. Six case studies are now available to make sure all those involved in social work education and practice learning opportunities have a clearer common understanding about the changing expectations of practice learning as student's progress through the programme. 

The materials have a range of possible uses in both agencies and Universities including student learning and assessment, preparation for practice and in supporting the learning of practice educators. 

Download Benchmarking the Standards in Social Work Education against the SCQF: six case studies

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Key Capabilities for Child Care and Protection

As part of the quality assurance and quality enhancement processes for the Honours Degree in Social Work, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) will require evidence from Universities (HEIs) that Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection have been embedded at the appropriate level in each year of the degree, from September 2007. This will mean HEIs will have to include the relevant evidence in the Annual Monitoring Return to the SSSC in autumn 2008. 

Please view the links below for further information:

Involving service users and carers in the social work degree

The Scottish Government has recently awarded each University in Scotland delivering the Social Work Degree £5,000 as a contribution towards their activities in involving service users and carers in all aspects of the Social Work Degree. This is a requirement of the Standards in Social Work Education, the framework against which the Social Work Degree is approved by SSSC. The grant will be administered by SSSC and the Funding Scheme, setting out the conditions and eligible areas of expenditure can be found below: 

Funding Scheme

On 19 March 2008 SSSC and Scottish Voices held a workshop in Perth to show how people who use social work services and people who are carers contribute to training social work students in Scottish universities. The report of this workshop is now available - Grasping the Thistle Workshop report

Funding for practice learning

The revised guidelines for the financial year 2008/09 set out the arrangements for funding for practice learning opportunities associated with professional qualifying training for social work students. They replace the original guidelines which were effective from September 2004 to March 2008 and issued by the then Scottish Executive.

Learning support for disabled social work and teaching students

The SSSC and the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) launched an innovative new guidance kit to help disabled social work and teaching students to achieve their full potential. The guidance helps lecturers, tutors and others involved with students to provide vital learning support.  View the guide in our publication section.


The Framework for Social Work Education in Scotland

The framework for Social Work education in Scotland

The Framework is made up of the Scottish Requirements for Social Work Training, an Introduction to the Standards in Social Work Education and the Standards in Social Work Education.

You can download this document on the Scottish Government website.