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Course summary

Social work is about changing lives for the better. Designed as a route into professional practice for graduates, the Kent MA is taught by qualified social workers. Overview 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. Home/EU students may be eligible to apply for a Department of Health bursary for both years of study. The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) Social Work at Kent is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, operating across Canterbury and Medway campuses. The School supports a large and thriving postgraduate community. We have close links with employers such as Kent County Council, Medway Council and Avante Care, who not only provide student practice learning opportunities but are also engaged in joint research projects with us. Our learning community also includes service users and carers who work with us to ensure that this programme and our research work represents a wide range of perspectives, including those of people who receive services. The Social Work MA is based at the University's Medway campus and benefits from the excellent facilities on site. Students also benefit from the insights and experience of a wide range of practitioners from different settings, through their teaching and evaluation of practice learning portfolios.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
53Z8
Institution code:
K24
Campus name:
University of Kent at Medway
Campus code:
K

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.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Interview

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.

Please visit our website for further information:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/how-to-apply/english-language-requirements.html


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £18600 Year 1
International £18600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please see the programme page at www.kent.ac.uk for further information on fees and funding options. Please be aware that if the Government permits, the UK fee quoted may increase in line with inflation. Full-time fees for 2024/25 for international students are £22,700 for laboratory programmes and £18,600 for non-laboratory programmes
Social Work at University of Kent - UCAS