"I decided to study social work after volunteering as a befriender with a looked after young person. I had been out of education for some time and I believed that I would not be able to gain the qualifications required to access the Goldsmiths course. Luckily, I spoke with the Admissions Office who advised me to undertake the Open University Introduction to Health and Social Care qualification which, with my voluntary experience, gained me a place on the social work course last year.
Goldsmiths is a great university to study social work at. Although perhaps best known for its arts and humanities departments, Goldsmiths’ rhetoric of radical and original thought permeates through the course, giving us students the belief that we can genuinely promote human rights and social justice.
Our lecturers are passionate about social work and are experienced as practitioners as well as academics. However much of my learning has come not from the library or lecturers, but from the rich tapestry of colleagues that I study with, all of whom bring and share unique insights and experiences, which continuously challenge, influence and develop my own ideas of good social work."
When you attend Goldsmiths you feel part of something very special. The campus feels intimate and the Students' Union works hard to create an environment which I have found promotes plenty of fun as well as a good dollop of social debate. If you want to study social work and just pass then there are plenty of decent universities to do so. However, if you want to be creative and challenge the status quo, then maybe this is the place for you.