- A degree at 2:1 or above, normally in a social science subject.
- Key Skills Level 2 or equivalent (eg GCSE A–C) in English and Mathematics or equivalently validated access course credits.
- All applicants must confirm prior to interview that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
- Demonstrable experience in the social care sector, obtained through paid employment or as a volunteer or user/carer experience; and have other work/life experience related to the sector or likely to be of value to the sector.
Months of entry
If you are a graduate looking to gain a professional qualification in social work and to become eligible to apply for entry onto the HCPC register of qualified social workers, this two-year course is ideal. Studying at masters level will give you the opportunity to analyse social work in depth and develop your skills in our purpose built skills lab by critically examining the research evidence that forms best practice.
You will have the opportunity to take part in an international placement.
The course is underpinned by British Association of Social Worker's (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and will enable you to meet the Health and Care Professions Council's (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England.
What will you study
You will become equipped with the core knowledge, skills and values required for social work practice. On this programme you will learn about effective approaches to work with children and their families and adults at risk (including older adults, and mental health social work practice). You will study legal, policy and ethical frameworks for social work practice; human development; social work methods of assessment and intervention.
Emphasis is placed from the start of the programme on learning skills for social work practice. You will first undertake a Readiness for Direct Practice module in our state-of-the-art Practice Learning Skills Lab. This is followed by two contrasting placements of 70 days and 100 days. A specialist practice interest module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in depth study in a chosen area of special interest and can be taken in a national or international setting.
Information for international students
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
Fees and funding
Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/social-work-msw/fees-and-bursaries.html for further details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Kathleen Henderson
- +44 (0)20 8417 5141