Unhappy with the direction the LSE course was taking, the COS started its own 12-month training course in 1915, with some lectures held at Bedford College, another of the University of London’s colleges, which had been founded in 1849 to promote the higher education of women. Bedford College was the first college for women in the UK. In 1900, the college became a constituent school of the University of London. It played a leading role in the advancement of women in higher education, and in public life in general. The college became fully coeducational in the 1960s. In 1985, Bedford College merged with another of the University of London's colleges – Royal Holloway. The merged institution was named Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (RHBNC). While this is still the official name, for day-to-day use the college is called Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) .
RHUL still educates social work students today. The department has taught programmes at postgraduate and post qualification levels including the MSc Social Work. It works in partnership with local authorities and voluntary agencies to provide professional courses across health and social care settings that reflect the increasing multi disciplinary nature of social work.