Kingston University London - Social Work BA (Hons)

Kingston University London

Social Work BA (Hons)

Train to become a social worker with this degree, accredited by Social Work England. This course offers hands-on experience in social work and a foundation in ethics, diversity, psychology, sociology, social policy, and law. You'll study mental health, disability, adoption, fostering, substance misuse, youth justice, and domestic violence.

You'll learn directly from people with lived experience and teaching consultants currently in practice. We're part of a teaching partnership network with seven local authorities and two voluntary organizations. This means that you will be taught in the classroom by practicing social workers who will bring theory to life with their front-line experiences.

We have a wide range of placement opportunities throughout South West London and Surrey, including child care, youth justice, mental health, vulnerable adult settings, schools, and drugs, and substance misuse services.

You'll be expertly prepared for social work practice with placements in the field, residential, daycare, hospital, prison, and service user-run settings. Placements will be supported by studies of assessment, intervention, evaluation, safeguarding, evidence-based practice, research, and law. Employment skills workshops are provided by the partnership to maximize your chances of securing employment within the partnership at graduation. 

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course is accredited by Social Work England. Once you graduate, you can apply to register with Social Work England to start work as a qualified social worker.
  • You'll develop your skills in our award-winning Practice Learning Suite through simulated interactions with people with lived experience.
  • We have a wide range of placement opportunities throughout southwest London and Surrey.

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS tariff points:


  • Minimum six months' work experience in a relevant setting. GCSEs at grade C/4 in English. Enhanced DBS check and Occupational Health Clearance. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview including selection exercises.
  • The typical requirement for entry for this course is 120-136 UCAS points, health and science subjects preferred:
  • A-levels BBB (General Studies not accepted)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit

  • Access to HE course to value of 120 UCAS points normally achieved with 30 Distinctions and 9 Merits

  • IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in all elements.

Career Prospects

This is an exciting time to enter social work and a very high percentage of graduates quickly obtain qualified social work posts. There are excellent employment and career opportunities in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors for qualified practitioners. Social workers increasingly work in integrated inter-professional teams in social care, health, education and criminal justice settings.

Course Details

You will gain a foundation in ethics, diversity, psychology, sociology, social policy and law for social work practice. You will study best practices with adults and children, engaging with areas such as mental health, disability, adoption and fostering, substance misuse, children in conflict with the law, and domestic violence. You will choose a specialist practice area to explore in depth. This course will 

develop your skills through the simulation and recording facilities of our Practice Learning Suite. You will also gain a foundation in ethics, diversity, psychology, sociology, social policy, and law for social work practice.

Year 1

Readiness for Direct Practice
Human Development, Relationships and Social Contexts
Working with Ethics and Diversity in Social Work Practice
The Practice Context: Law and Social Policy for Social Work

Year 2

First Practice Placement
Practice Skills and Methods: Assessment and Intervention
Knowledge for Social Work Practice 1
Knowledge for Social Work Practice 2

Year 3

Contemporary Social Work Practice
Research in Practice Study
Critical Analysis of Practice
Final Practice Placement

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