University of Kent

Degree level: Undergraduate

Social Work

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Course summary

Course overview Social work is about changing lives for the better. Designed as a route into professional practice for graduates, the Kent MA is taught by experienced academic staff who are all qualified social workers. You have access to placements across a range of settings, allowing you to develop your practice and research skills and apply knowledge to practice. Our graduates become confident, competent practitioners and 89% of our recent graduates are in work/further study six months after graduation. Home/EU students may be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary for both years of study. Course outline The MA programme incorporates a range of taught modules alongside practice-based learning. This includes a two-day observational practice learning opportunity and a 70-day placement in Stage 1, with a further 100-day placement in Stage 2. The majority of the Readiness for Direct Practice module is taught in the autumn term of Stage 1. The remaining portion is taught as part of practice placement preparation and as ‘recall days’ during both placements. These practice-based opportunities, along with your academic work, provide the basis for your professional development. There is considerable emphasis on participative seminars and class sizes are smaller to facilitate this approach. The student body is a cosmopolitan mix of mature and younger graduates creating a rich and diverse learning environment. You are allocated an academic adviser to support and mentor you throughout the programme. This programme is regulated by Social Work England

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University of Kent at Medway
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A good (2.1) honours degree in a relevant subject as well as English Language (at GCSE Grade C or 4 are essential for all candidates. GCSE equivalence within an Access to Higher Education course is acceptable as a substitute for GCSE or Functional Skills level 2. Although Maths GCSE at C or 4 is preferred, applicants will still be considered if this requirement is not met. It is also expected that you will have at least six months full-time relevant experience in social care/social work (or its equivalent part-time). This need not be paid work but could be voluntary work, unpaid work caring for a relative with a disability or personal experience. Applicants with a 2.2 honours degree may be considered in circumstances where they have a sustained period of relevant experience and/or have work experience at a senior (management) level. Candidates already holding a post graduate qualification may also be considered. If you meet these criteria you can apply through UCAS.

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Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Institutions Own Test (IOT)

The selection process for an MA degree in Social Work at the University of Kent consists of two stages: Stage 1: All candidates who are considered to meet the entry requirements for the BA social work programme will be invited to complete an online written test. Those applicants who pass the written test are invited to attend the University Medway campus for the second stage of the process: an interview day. Stage 2: The interview day is made up of two parts, an interview with an academic lecturer and practitioner; and an observed group discussion generally including an academic and a service user or carer. At interview, each candidate is asked a number of the same questions covering issues such as motivation to undertake social work training and postgraduate study, expectations of the degree, background experience and awareness of the social work role. Some previous experience of understanding people and possession of good communication skills help in interview. Candidates also take part in an observed group discussion with a number of other candidates. The group is asked to discuss a question relating to social work for around 30 minutes. The discussion is observed by a lecturer and normally a service user or carer. This selection process is in line with other social work courses and is also consistent with guidance from social work's professional and regulatory bodies. All applicants are considered on an individual basis: relevant work and/or lived experience, the candidate's personal statement and academic qualifications are all taken into account when considering applications.

English language requirements

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in English Language GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

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Social Work at University of Kent - UCAS