Degree in Social Work

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 our career in care section.

Practice learning case studies

Six 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.

For further information please contact Anne Tavendale at: anne.tavendale@sssc.uk.com.

Key Capabilities for Child Care and Protection

As part of the quality assurance and quality enhancement processes for the Honours Degree in Social Work, we require evidence from universities (HEIs) that Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection are embedded at the appropriate level in each year of the degree. This means HEIs have to include the relevant evidence in the annual monitoring returns to the SSSC.

Please view the links below for further information:

The SSSC expectations around Key Capabilities for Child Care and Protection

Frequently asked questions about Key Capabilities

Letter to universities - Key Capabilities for Child Care and Protection

Letter to employer agencies - Embedding Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection

Involving people who use services and carers in the social work degree

Each university has systems in place to include people who use services and carers in all aspects of programme delivery, including management, design, planning, teaching, assessment and programme evaluation. This is a requirement of the Standards in Social Work Education, the framework we use to approve social work degrees. We administer the grant and use the Funding Scheme which sets out the conditions and eligible areas of expenditure.

On 19 March 2008 we held a workshop in Perth with Scottish Voices 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.

Guidelines on funding for practice learning

Practice Learning funding spreadsheet

Guidance on completing the Practice Learning funding spreadsheet

Practice Learning fees process chart

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 Learning support for disabled social work and teaching students: a guide