StudyQA — Bachelor: Health and Social Care — University of Kent at Canterbury

Health and Social Care

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 12.5k / Academic year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2022
StudyQA ranking:503 Duration:36 months

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Our BA (Hons) in Social Work offers successful graduates eligibility to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the regulatory body for social work. It provides the national required standard in knowledge, skills and professional capabilities needed by social workers and also provides extensive work in practice learning settings that meet Government requirements.

Broaden your outlook

The degree is based on the new curriculum for Social Work and allows you to gain a broad base in the key issues related to social work, such as the values and ethics that underpin social work, how social policies are formulated and put into practice, and the role of the law in social work. There are also modules that focus on specific areas of social work with children and families, with adult service users and community care. The curriculum is based on the new Professional Capabilities Framework.
Social Work is an area where it is important to consider a wide range of views and learn from others’ expertise. Service users and carers deliver sessions in modules highlighting their experiences of receiving social care services. Every year, a number of external public speakers visit the University to talk about contemporary issues and debates.

Social Work runs at the University of Kent’s Medway campus and benefits from the excellent new facilities on site. You are taught by lecturers with diverse social work practice experience who are active in research and scholarship, and the student body is a cosmopolitan mix of mature and younger students, from different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities.

Independent rankings

Kent was ranked 6th for Social Work in The Complete University Guide 2014.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 185 ECTS
  • Total Kent credits: 370
  • Total ECTS credits: 185
Credits 370
  • Total Kent credits: 370
  • Total ECTS credits: 185
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

SO307 - Communication and Interpersonal Skills

SO308 - Lifespan Development

SO309 - Law, Rights and Justice

SO310 - Social Policy and Social Problems

SO311 - Sociological Perspectives for Social Workers

SO312 - What is Social Work

SO313 - Social Work Theories, Intervention and Skills

SO314 - Values, Ethics and Diversity

SO409 - Readiness for Direct Practice

SOCWK01 - Learning to Learn

Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

SO716 - Social Work with Children and Families

SO717 - Issues for Families

SO720 - Practice Placement 1

SO723 - Practice Assignments 1

SO724 - Social Work with Adults

SO725 - Making Sense of Mental Health

Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

SO580 - Practice Learning Placement 2

SO671 - People who use Services and Carers

SO672 - Social Work Practice in a Multi Agency Context

SO673 - Research for Social Work Practice

SO674 - Social Work Theories, Methods and Practice II

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Mature candidates with equivalent qualifications are considered dependent on their qualifications and experience.

Candidates must demonstrate awareness and understanding of the needs of people requiring social care or social work. Paid/voluntary social care experience of dealing with vulnerable groups in society or some personal experience is required. All candidates are assessed against the criteria for entry level of The College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework.

Applicants being considered will complete a written test, and if satisfactory, will be invited to attend for an individual interview and observed group discussion. Individual interviews are carried out by a member of the programme team and an experienced practitioner, and service users and carers are members of the panel that observe each group discussion.

A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and a satisfactory health declaration are required for applicants receiving offers.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
  • A level:BCC.
  • Compulsory admissions tests also required GCSE:Mathematics at grade C
  • Access to HE Diploma:Pass with at least 65% of level 3 credits at merit (including English and Maths at Level 2 if not already held)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma):Distinction, Merit, Merit International Baccalaureate:34 points overall or 14 points at HL

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.


Home and EU students are normally eligible to apply for a non-means-tested Department of Health bursary in the second and third years only, which also includes placement travel expenses allowance. However, only a limited number of students will receive a bursary as a cap has been imposed nationally on the number of bursaries available to students in each university. Some students will be self-funding. Students who do not receive a bursary may be eligible for a contribution to their travel costs for placements, subject to eligibility criteria.

Undergraduates (including those who receive a bursary) may continue to be eligible for a student loan from Student Finance England, subject to eligibility criteria.

In addition, Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Find out more on our fees and funding page.

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.

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