Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Education and Social Care
BA (Hons) Social Work
Category: Social sciences and social care
23 February 2023
If you're interested in studying Social Work, you'll find that placements are an important part of your degree course. Here's why they matter (from the student perspective).
- It’s a requirement! This may seem obvious, but it's important to know that to register as a Social Worker, practice placement experiences are a requirement of your registration. For the degree courses, both MA (Masters) and BA (Undergraduate), there is a requirement from Social Work England, the regulatory body in social work, that students will complete:
- 30 skill days- these are usually university skill days.
- 70 days on initial placement and 100 days on final placement.
Confirmation that you have completed all of these is needed from the university or Social Work England for you to both graduate and register as a social worker!
- It’s the best learning tool! Being in placement and working with real people is the best learning tool you could get. Your time on placement will support you to make links between what you learned at university and what you’ll practice. Aside from this, there are some things you need to learn as a social worker, like how to communicate and practical tasks, that just cannot be taught in the classroom. You are fully supported on your time in placement and your experience is centered around your learning.
- It’s a journey! The journey to becoming a social worker is not to be underestimated. In taking part in two contrasting placements, you will not only be developing skills that will equip you to practice as a social worker, but you will also be developing as a person. On these contrasting placements you will be finding out about the types of work you might do in different areas of social work, such as work with children, adults, or older people. Social work has so many areas that you can work in, part of your journey is finding out where that will be for you. Don’t be surprised if your placement completely changes your view on where you want to work when you qualify!