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Social Work, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) London, United Kingdom
The Social Work programme is offered by Saint George's University of London in conjunction with Kingston University London. As a student, you will be taught in the award winning Practice Learning Suite by well-established and published academics that have practice and research experience in social work.
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The Social Work programme is offered by Saint George's University of London in conjunction with Kingston University London. The social work profession can be demanding and intensely rewarding. It requires:

  • Maturity and a high level of personal commitment alongside excellent communication skills.
  • An open mind with a willingness to examine and change your own attitudes and perceptions.
  • Patience, determination, and both physical and emotional resilience.

In Year 1 you 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.

In Year 2 you will take a 70-day block practice placement. This will be supported by academic modules focused on reflection, assessment, intervention, evaluation, safeguarding, evidence-based practice and law. You will study best practice with adults and children, while engaging with areas such as mental health, disability, adoption and fostering, substance misuse, children in conflict with the law, and domestic violence.

In Year 3, you will take a fully-supported 100-day block practice placement. Academic study will support you in keeping abreast of developments in law, research and practice. Your studies will finish with an in-depth study of a specialist practice area of your choice.


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 areas such as social care, health, education and criminal justice settings.


This exciting and challenging course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so once you graduate, you can register with them immediately and start work as a qualified social worker.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • 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
  • First Practice Placement
  • Practice Skills and Methods: Assessment and Intervention
  • Knowledge for Practice 1
  • Knowledge for Practice 2
  • Final Practice Placement
  • Contemporary Social Work Practice
  • Research in Practice Study
  • Critical Analysis of Practice

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Points: 112 points from:

  • Two or three A-levels (grades A* A* or BBC). General Studies not accepted.
  • BTEC Extended or National Diploma in a health-related subject (DMM).
  • Other Level 3 qualifications equivalent to 112 UCAS points
  • Note: Functional/Key Skills points not accepted as part of the tariff.


  • Full Access Diploma with 45 level 3 credits and 15 level 2 credits of which 24 of the level 3 credits should be at Distinction and 12 at Merit.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13800 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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International student fee:

  • Year 1 - £13,800 
  • Year 2 - £14,200
  • Year 3 - £14,600

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Eligible students can apply to Student Finance England for a loan to cover living costs. The loan is paid into your bank account in three instalments – one at the start of each term. The maximum maintenance loan in 2017/18 is £11,002 if you live away from home and study at Kingston University or £7,097 if you live with your parents whilst studying.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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