Social workers across the length and breadth of Scotland have been trained by The Open University through the range of highly regarded social work qualifications we offer.
There are many ways that employers can support their staff to study social work:
Our social work degree and postgraduate diploma are approved by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC):
The Open University's social work education has been praised for its quality, flexibility and collaborative nature in the most recent Periodic Quality Review.
Derek Archibald from Glasgow had never studied at university before, but the OU allowed him to balance work, supporting his family and developing a new pathway to becoming a social worker when his career options felt limited.
David Fenwick is a Team Leader in Social Work at a Scottish Local Authority. He used the OU graduate degree in Social Work to prepare him for a challenging role.
Balancing a young family with part-time study enabled Kamal D. Ibrahim from Ghana to study for his social work qualification, and to contribute to the OU’s work on removing barriers to access for students from BAME backgrounds.
A partnership between Dumfries and Galloway Council and the OU helped Laura McHarrie develop her career as a social worker while still working, overcoming her doubts to become a prize-winning graduate and a mentor for new students.
Highland piper Grant Milne has been able to successfully balance playing music and studying to become a social worker, and is now involved in an exciting project that allows him to combine both passions.
From working for a supermarket for nearly a decade, Megan Whyte from Peterhead completed two degrees with the OU and is now in her dream job helping some of the most disadvantaged people in the criminal justice system.
An integral part of the social work programme is undertaking practical learning in social work teams. This video highlights the benefits to teams of offering student placements:
Podcast: In our podcast ‘Solving social work skills challenges in Scotland’, a social worker from Fort William and a Practice Support Officer from Highland Council explore how the OU in Scotland is helping employers address challenges facing the social work profession.