The School of Education and Social Work is different to most other schools at the University of Sussex insofar as it is largely concerned with the career development of professional, practising teachers and social workers/carers.
In order to be able to offer our students the very best opportunities for on-the-job training, the School has developed very close links with local authorities, schools, colleges and various social care settings.
The Department of Social Work and Social Care works in partnership with local authorities and the third sector and, by doing so, has developed strong relationships with placement providers to ensure students get a challenging but safe environment in which to work. These placements depend on the goodwill of local services as, whilst the social work profession aspires to train students in placement, there is no mandate to require agencies to take a trainee.
Students studying the BA and MA in Social Work courses are required to complete 200 days in a relevant placement during their studies. The placements are arranged with local social work providers, both in the statutory services and in private, voluntary and independent settings.
On their placements students practice a range of skills with individuals and families individually as well as in groups to meet the requirements of the National Occupational Standards. As a general rule, students will complete 80-90 days at level 2, and 110-120 days at level 3.
See 'Placements for the BA in Social Work' for more information about placements for undergraduates.
See 'Placements for the MA in Social Work' for more information about placements for postgraduate students.