Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree is ideal if you're interested in pursuing a professional career in social work. We'll equip you with the knowledge, values and skills you'll need to practise as a reflective and ethical social worker. Our graduates have gone on to work in local authority children's services departments, adult services departments, and independent sector and voluntary sector agencies such as the NSPCC, Family Action and Mind. The degree includes practice placements in two settings and with different service user groups, so you'll be able to gain invaluable real world experience. You will cover areas of human growth and development; community; needs and services; law and organisational contexts of social work; and research methods. Specific learning will include mental health and disability, and social work processes of assessment, planning, intervention and review. We'll encourage you to think deeply about human rights and social justice, and to embed these values in your practice. The degree prepares you according to the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency ' Social Workers in England and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), the Quality Assurance Agency subject benchmark for social work, and the Department of Health's requirements for social work training. Social work education at Goldsmiths has a long and distinguished record ' you'll be taught by established social work academics and associate lecturers who have considerable research and/or practice experience in their fields.

Course Modules

Year 1: Modules include: the nature of need, community, social work services, and the significance of the service user perspective; major theoretical approaches within the social sciences and their relationship to social work will be investigated, as will studies in professional development for practice. Year 2: Your assessed practice consists of 85 days spent as a social worker; this gives students the chance to develop their communication and social work practice skills with service users, and to work in partnership across professional disciplines and agencies; students are also provided with an introduction to assessment in social work and to the links between social work theory and practice. Year 3: Gives an overview of the legal and organisational context of social work, and extends students knowledge and skills in 1 of the 2 main specialist areas of social work practice: working with children and families, or working with adults in need; a theory and practice course looks at methods of intervention and theories applied to a particular area of social work, while another assessed practice element enables students to meet the professional requirements for social work training via 115 days of practice under the guidance of a practice assessor.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 73%
  • SQA Higher BBBBC
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • BTEC National Award
  • CRB check required
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • Tariff 120

Key Course Information

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69% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 64%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 89%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 80%

£23,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

70% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 5
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 20
Unknown 10

10% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 8%

Total Coursework: 90%

Total Practical: 2%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation