Social Work at University of Kent - UCAS

Course summary

Social work is about changing lives for the better - and this is the core of our teaching at Kent. 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. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the 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'll also explore partnership working, interventions and skills, research skills and critical and reflective practice. This 360 approach means you graduate ready to step into social work and make a real difference. The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the best in the country for teaching and research. Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for professional registration with Social Work England (SWE), the regulatory body for social work, meaning you are ready to jump into a meaningful and successful career in social work. Your future With recent developments in computing, automation, and artificial intelligence, many of today's jobs will give way to new types of careers and opportunities. This course will develop your critical, analytical, communication and research skills to prepare you for this contemporary, ever-changing world of work, giving you lots of career options when you graduate, and in the years beyond. Many of our graduates take their concern with people, society and social justice into their career trajectory and move into roles that allow them to affect real-world impact. Our Social Work graduates are highly sought after and have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • The NHS
  • Local authority adults' and children's services
  • Charities and other voluntary organisations
  • Private agencies eg fostering agencies
  • Social research
Location Be a part of something new. With new developments across the region bringing excitement and opportunities, there is so much to see and do. Medway is home to three universities, we are creating a hub of new ideas in a historic region full of potential - join us and get involved!

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Social Work England

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

International applicants

For further information about applying to Kent as an international student you can visit our International student webpages: From here you will find useful information on country entry requirements, scholarship information, events and application guidance. Kent has dedicated support available to international students through groups, networks, English language and more specialist services through our Student Support and Wellbeing team. Visit our guide for international students to find out more on how we can support you during your time at Kent:

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

No fee information has been provided for this course

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

All fees for 2025/26 are to be confirmed. Please see the programme page at for further information on fees and funding options.

Sponsorship information

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details -

Social Work at University of Kent - UCAS