Social Work Practice 1 (863L5)

Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

The module runs from Semester 2 of the first Year and includes a 70-day placement. Additionally, practice development workshops are provided to support the development of practical skills relevant for practice learning.

This placement will provide an opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the knowledge, skills and values required for practice. There is a wide range of settings that placements are offered; Private, Voluntary, Independent and Statutory settings, with a wide range of client groups.

This module includes experience of the following:

  • Direct practice experience with service users/carers, including the experience of holding cases and understanding the need, multiplicity of need and complexity of cases within a particular placement context and setting.
  • Practicing within organisational policies, structures and processes and in line with the requirements of relevant social work legislation.
  • Regular supervision, support and guidance with a designated Practice Educator, who is a qualified Social Worker with experience of work-based learning and assessment. There will be an opportunity for purposeful reflection on the process and content of practice and the links between direct practice, theoretical learning and research.
  • The ability to practice in a self-directed way and to identify when it is necessary and appropriate to seek advice and supervision.
  • Timely, honest and constructive feedback on direct observations of practice by the practice teacher/assessor or other designated persons and from service users.
  • Regular feedback on your performance, from social work and other professionals, as well as service users and carers.


72%: Practical (Workshop)
28%: Seminar

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.