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Kingston University

Social Work

UCAS Code: L501

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Other A Level combinations possible to achieve 120 points. Minimum of 2 A Levels, can be combined with other Level 3 qualifications eg. AS levels/Extended Project to achieve 120 points

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:9,P:6

Achieve a minimum of 120 UCAS Points from a Access to HE course: this is normally achieved with 45 level 3 credits and 15 level 2 credits of which 30 of the level 3 credits should be at Distinction and 9 at Merit. Other combinations of distinctions and merits to the value in excess of 120 points can also be accepted. GCSE at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above for GCSEs taken before 2017) in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent qualification eg Functional/Key skills level 2 in numeracy and literacy

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above for GCSEs taken before 2017) in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent qualification eg Functional/Key skills level 2 in numeracy and literacy

May be considered for entry into year 1 of the course. Due to the professional requirements of this course it is unlikely that you would be able to get advanced standing for entry into the second year of the course.

May be considered for entry into year 1 of the course. Due to the professional requirements of this course it is unlikely that you would be able to get advanced standing for entry into the second year of the course.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

A minimum of 120 UCAS points usually from 5 subjects

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 points

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 points

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

Grade combinations below 120 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 120 points

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 points

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 points

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Grade combinations below 120 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 120 points

Achieve a minimum of 120 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C,C

Achieve a minimum of 120 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBBCC) are required.

UCAS Tariff

120

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social work

**Reasons to choose Kingston**

– This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Once you graduate, you can apply to register with the HCPC to start work as a qualified social worker.

– You’ll use our award-winning Practice Learning Suite, with simulated interactions with service users (on doorsteps, in living rooms, in reception areas and interview spaces).

– This course received 100 per cent overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018).

**About this course**

Social work is a caring profession with a vast scope. It has both employment opportunities and opportunities to improve people’s lives.

This course offers hands-on experience of social work and a supporting foundation in ethics, diversity, psychology, sociology, social policy and law. You’ll study mental health, disability, adoption, fostering, substance misuse, children in conflict with the law, and domestic violence. You’ll choose a specialist area to explore in depth in your final year.

There are placements in field, residential, daycare, hospital, prison and service user-run settings. To support your work on placement, you’ll study assessment, intervention, evaluation, safeguarding, law and best practice with adults and children.

Modules

Examples of modules:

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 Practice 1
- Knowledge for Practice 2

Year 3

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

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are responsive to a range of student preferences and include group poster presentation, essays, case study analyses, exams, reflections and practice portfolios.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston University

Department:

Department of Social Work and Social Care

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

54%
Welfare professionals
10%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
8%
Childcare and related personal services

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social work

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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