"Studying for the degree has been an ambition of mine for many years. Through being out of academic education for many years, I did not feel confident enough to undertake a degree in the first instance. I therefore undertook an Access to Social Work course in order to prepare me for undertaking the degree.
I had known about Goldsmiths and its reputation of being a very good university to study social work. Although I had read information about the university, upon attending the open day, I was very impressed by the diversity and the different cultures of both the students and staff. Being a mature student, I felt then that Goldsmiths would be a place where I would be best suited to undertake my studies.
The lecturers are passionate about social work and the promoting of human rights and social justice. Classes and lectures cover various subjects, topics and debates, with many linking theories to current contemporary social work practice. Some areas of learning have been more challenging than others, but what I love the most is that unlike other universities, Goldsmiths really does start to prepare you for social work practice from the offset.
The university atmosphere is very buzzy and vibrant and there are so many groups you can get involved with if you wish. Academic and emotional support within the university is very good and is available to everyone."