Social Work
Social Work

Social Work

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Goldsmiths is one of the leading universities for social work education in the UK.

At qualifying level, we offer both a BA and MA in Social Work, and at post-qualifying level, an MA in Practice Education.

We aim to equip you with the knowledge, values and skill set you need to practise as a reflective and ethical social worker.

Both our BA and MA Social Work programmes have been approved by the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).  This means that students who successfully complete these programmes can register with the HCPC.

We work with employer stakeholder partners to provide you with practice-learning opportunities that will deliver the skills you need in your career.

Each of the social work programmes that we offer at Goldsmiths is designed to prepare you by recognising:

• The unique contribution that all students bring to the programmes in terms of their qualities and experiences;
• That training builds on the uniqueness of each person by facilitating their exploration of the values, knowledge base and skills of social work practice;
• That it is the student’s responsibility not only to develop their understanding of the framework of social work practice but also to demonstrate
  skills, knowledge and values in this area.

We work according to national professional and academic standards set out by The Department of Health, The Health and Care Professions Council, The Quality Assurance Agency and The College of Social Work.

Our teaching is characterised by a strong commitment to social justice and
anti-oppressive principles, and, as such, we strive to cultivate an inclusive learning environment. In study groups you are actively encouraged to explore and manage the tensions, ambiguities and uncertainties that exist in social work practice. By utilising an action and reflective learning approach, we seek to bridge the gap between theory and practice, facilitating your critical thinking.  Our teaching staff is actively engaged in a range of research projects and we aim to provide a stimulating research-led teaching and learning environment.


Social Work


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An introduction to Social Work at Goldsmiths


BA in Social Work
Dr Perlita Harris

MA in Advanced Social Work
Adi Staempfli

MA/PGDip/PGCert in Practice Education
Adi Staempfli

MA in Social Work
Joan Fletcher

MA-level practice education & CPD (continuing professional development) modules
Adi Staempfli

MPhil & PhD in Social Work
Dr Claudia Bernard

Social Work Toolkit

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