Social Work at University of Kent - UCAS

Course summary

Social work is about changing lives for the better. Our degree has been designed with professional practice in mind, helping you to develop the knowledge and practical skills you need to become a confident, competent social work practitioner. The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the best in the country for teaching and research. This programme is regulated by Social Work England (SWE). Reasons to study Social Work at Kent: Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for professional registration with Social Work England (SWE), the regulatory body for social work. Social Work at Kent is ranked 2nd for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023. You are taught by qualified social workers with diverse practical experience, whose research explores the complexities of the social world You gain the knowledge, skills, confidence and critical understanding necessary to practise social work. 90% of Kent Social Work graduates were in graduate-level jobs or further study 15 months after graduation. (The Guardian University Guide 2023) What you’ll learn You gain a thorough understanding of issues and trends in adult services and social care for children and families. You critically examine how to work with individuals experiencing mental distress, and the role of mental health services. You study partnership working, interventions and skills, research skills and critical and reflective practice. You’ll complete 20 practice-focused skills days in your second year, as well as a 70-day practice learning placement and five skills development days. Additionally, your final year includes 100 days of practice learning and five skills development days. During these placement periods, you are supported by a practice educator and assessed in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).


Year 1 Compulsory modules currently include: Learning to Learn Communication and Interpersonal skills Lifespan and Development Law, Rights and Justice Social Policy and Social Problems Sociological Perspectives for Social Work What is Social Work Social Work Theories, Intervention and Skills Values, Ethics and Diversity Readiness for Direct Practice Year 2 Compulsory modules currently include: Placement 1and Practice Skills Development (70 days plus 5 day teaching block) Children and Families Social Work with Adults and Families Making Sense of Mental Health Advanced Intervention Skills Year 3 Compulsory modules currently include: Critical Policy & Critical Reflection Research for Social Work Practice Social Work Practice in a Multi-agency Context Placement (100 days)

How to apply

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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

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Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Institutions Own Test (IOT)

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 usually with a lecturer and a social work practitioner; and an observed group discussion usually including a lecturer and a service user or carer. 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. Successful candidates will need to complete a satisfactory health and criminal convictions declaration and supply a recent academic and/or relevant work related reference. We do not routinely admit students transferring from other courses, and those with a non-related course would be encouraged to apply at stage 1 of the BA programme. All decisions are made on a case by case basis.

English language requirements

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

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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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please see the programme page at 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