Department of Social Work and Social Care

Placements for the Social Work BA

Learning in a real-world environment is an important part of your degree. Find out more.

About placements

All students on qualifying social work courses must complete at least 200 practice learning days, according to the government.

The majority of these learning days will take place during your two professional practice placements. The others will take place at the University and provide skills and knowledge updates essential for your development.

Excellent links with our placement providers ensure that we are able to offer an exciting and varied range of practice learning opportunities in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors. Support is provided by experienced practitioners and by University tutors.

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Learn about a student’s experience of the placement opportunities on the Social Work BA.

Types of placement

Although placements vary from year to year, these are the ones likely to be on offer.

Children and family placements

These include duty teams, long-term teams, family centres, children's hospitals, fostering and adoption centres, child protection services, Connexions, Sure Start, child and adolescent mental health, and children's disability teams.

Adult and community care placements

These include older people's assessment teams, hospital-based teams, Independent Living Teams, day centres, mental health teams, disability teams, homelessness and addiction services, and hospice work

Find out more about the Social Work BA course.