Social work

Social work student

Social work

Awarded by Kingston University

Kingston and St George’s is one of the leading providers of social work and social care education within London and UK. Courses are based at the Kingston Hill campus of Kingston University, with over 460 students and extensive relationships with providers of care. We have 20 academics within the school helping to inform best practice of social work/care with their years of experience and research, at a local national and international level.


Pre-qualifying social worker status course

Post-qualifying course for continuing personal and professional development

Eligible to be completed on a stand-alone or continuous module-by-module basis within a five year period

Eligible for international students

Why choose us?

  • We focus on active engagement with service users and carers who work as equal partners with us in recruiting new students, participating in teaching and in assessing students. This partnership has been commended by the Social Care Institute for Excellent (SCIE) and is used as a model for other higher education institutions in the UK
  • You will benefit from a dynamic range of partnerships with statutory and voluntary agencies, who contribute to course delivery as well as providing student placements
  • In our Practice Learning Suite facility, you have the opportunity to rehearse your social work skills in a simulated home environment and receive feedback from academics, to prepare for the workforce
  • We offer a stimulating blend of learning, mixing academic excellence with valuable hands-on work experience
  • The Working with Children and Young People: Social Pedagogy BA(Hons) course is a flexible, newly developed programme that spans social work, education and healthcare disciplines, and offers a well-rounded perspective based on social pedagogy. This course is ideal for students who want to work in interprofessional work settings, or are undecided about which career path to follow

Employment prospects
  • Over 50 per cent of students graduating in 2015 were offered employment at work settings where they had completed their final practice placements.
  • 100 per cent of all students obtain employment within six months of qualifying.
  • Graduates have competitive starting salaries of up to £30,000 which increase significantly as their careers progress.
Student benefits
  • Kingston and St George’s runs monthly social work seminars and an annual research conference. Professionals within London and the further region are invited to attend, as well as affiliate organisations with an interest in the industry. The mixture of students and professionals results in stimulating discussions about the evidence-based nature of practice, provides an insight to current topics and allows students to network with employers and academics in an informal environment.
  • Our students are active partners in course delivery. They mentor other students through the Student Academic Mentors Scheme (SAMS), and regularly attend formal meetings to ensure student feedback is taken into account.
  • Personal tutor scheme: each student has regular meetings with their own personal tutor to discuss their progress. Together, you will draw up a personal and professional development plan for each stage of the course.
  • We have a dedicated Student Support Officer to ensure student wellbeing; they are the first point of contact for students who have personal problems, need advice or are seeking information about University services.
Practice placements
We have many strong and long standing relationships with practice partners (see Partnerships).
Our students have opportunities to work in a wide variety of settings including:
  • Statutory children and families social work.
  • Drug and alcohol teams.
  • Statutory social work with adults and in mental health services.
  • Safeguarding teams for older people.
  • Fostering teams.
  • With perpetrators and survivors of domestic abuse.
  • With young people who have left care and are homeless.
  • Local charities.
We work with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies including:
Local authorities:
Voluntary agencies:
  • Catch-22, a social business that helps people in tough situations to turn their lives around.
  • Hestia, a charity that provides housing and support for vulnerable people.
  • RISE Mutual (Rehabilitation, Innovation, Solutions, Enterprise) which works with service users in the justice system to help them lead responsible and law abiding lives.
  • Welcare, a charity working with families in London and Surrey.
Extra practice learning opportunities
Students are encouraged to make links with international organisations and our staff are in contact with the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).

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