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Social Work BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

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 social care, health, education and criminal justice settings.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Name: Sara Jane

Sara Jane took a couple of years out after completing her A-levels to gain some work experience. She then took a degree course in family and child care, with the Diploma in Social Work (the equivalent of what is now the Social Work BA).

"I took a post as a community worker for a church and worked with children, young people and the elderly in a variety of settings, including drop-in centres, schools and people's homes. At the same time, I worked part-time for a charity supporting people with HIV and AIDS and also educating young people in schools, by raising awareness and giving practical advice surrounding HIV and AIDS. I progressed to the role of community support worker going into people's homes. I also spent some time working in orphanages in Romania.

"I'd always wanted to work with people, right from an early age, and social work seemed right for me. My work experience confirmed this choice. I saw a lot of injustice and I felt I wanted to do something about it. To be able to do something for other people was what drove me on.

"The degree course has helped me ground my experience. It has been really interesting to learn about government policy and law and to appreciate the difficulty of putting theory into practice."


As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities to prepare for employment include:

  • practice placements;
  • intensive practice in the final year in applying for jobs and succeeding at interviews
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to an area of social work practice of your choice. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our course will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

Continuing personal and professional development (CPPD)

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education offers a flexible and diverse portfolio of CPPD courses which are open to all health and social care practitioners wishing to develop their knowledge and skills.

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