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Social Work Masters (Postgraduate)

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

**Reasons to choose Kingston**
- Kingston is part of a teaching partnership with seven local authorities and voluntary agencies and expert social workers contribute to the teaching.

- The course is underpinned by the British Association of Social Workers’ Professional Capabilities Framework. You will be able to meet professional standards and register with Social Work England.

- You will be able to work nationally and internationally with this qualification.

**About this course**
You will prepare for social work practice in our state-of-the-art Practice Learning Skills Lab, developing core knowledge, skills and values. A specialist practice interest module will give you the opportunity to study a chosen area in depth.

There are two contrasting placements of 70 days and 100 days. You will learn from service users and carers, shadow experienced social workers and make observation visits.

You will study effective approaches to working with children and their families and adults at risk (including older adults, and mental health social work practice). You will examine the legal, policy and ethical frameworks for social work practice; human development; social work methods of assessment and intervention.

A satisfactory health declaration, including immunisations, and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are required from accepted candidates before registration for the programme.

Modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Readiness for Direct Practice
First Placement 1 (70 days)
Final Placement 2 (100 days)
Assessment and Intervention
Human Development and the Social Environment
Applied Social Work Practice
Legal, Ethical and Policy Frameworks for Social Work Practice
Specialist Practice Interest
Independent Study: A Capstone Project

Assessment methods

Individual and group presentations, essays, exam, case studies, portfolio, feedback, practice assessment and final project.

Tuition fees

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England
£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

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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.

86%
high
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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

72%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

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.

Health and social care

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

£27k

£27k

£31k

£31k

£33k

£33k

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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