Social Work

Social work is about changing lives for the better. 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.
This continuation degree is taught at the Medway campus

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Social Work

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year UoK International Foundation Programme + 3 years degree


Pathways Available

International Foundation Year


Start Dates

January | September

Degree Overview

You gain a thorough understanding of 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 study partnership working, interventions and skills, research skills and critical and reflective practice.

You’ll complete 20 practice-focused skills days in your second year, as well as a 70-day practice learning placement and five skills development days. Additionally, your final year includes 100 days of practice learning and five skills development days. During these placement periods, you are supported by a practice educator and assessed in accordance with the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

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This continuation degree is taught on the Medway campus. You can travel between the Canterbury and Medway campus on a dedicated free shuttle bus, or you can choose to stay local to Medway. To find out more about the Medway campus please visit

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the university over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Social Work at Kent scored 91% overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.

You are taught by qualified social workers with diverse practical experience, whose research explores the complexities of the social world

Social Work at Kent is ranked 2nd for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Your Pathways

The IFY will prepare you for the first year of your undergraduate degree. It’s made up of several core and subject-specific modules that will give you a greater understanding of your chosen subject area. The skills you develop through this programme will help you in your chosen degree, in your future career, and in all aspects of life.

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