A course in Social Administration began in 1968/69 with a Diploma in Social Administration starting the following year, replacing the Diploma in Social Study.
The curriculum was made up of courses in social administration, psychology, sociology and social work studies. Students could be required to submit a dissertation. One afternoon a week throughout the academic session was spent in a social work agency. In addition to this, students were required to undertake fieldwork arranged by the Department. These periods of fieldwork usually took place before students began the course and at the end of the academic year and were to be for a total of 14 weeks. Students needed to satisfy the Board of Examiners that they had achieved an "adequate standard" in their field work and could be required to supply a written report about it. As the course developed, the requirements for the fieldwork element noted that "students who had not yet had residential experience and wish to gain admission to a course of study leading to professional social work qualifications may be advised to spend four weeks of their fieldwork in an approved residential setting".
From 1972, it is noted that a "substantial proportion of students" would be assured of a place on the Diploma in Social Work course for the next academic year on successful competion of the Social Administration Diploma.
Source: University of Edinburgh Calendars 1968/69 - 1975/76