Practice Learning 1 (L5095)

45 credits, Level 5

All year

The learning for this module occurs within the framework of the Key Roles, Units and Elements of the National Occupational Standards for Social Work, the present standards for assessing students. In this Level 2 practice-learning module, you will be expected to develop competence in all Key Roles and Units. You will demonstrate your competence in relation to all key roles and units at an intermediate level (ie lower than that of a newly-qualified worker as is required in Level 3 placement).

You produce far less formally-assessed academic work relating to your placement in this year compared with your final year, but will need to keep a log of your progress in skills development and assessment as this is formally-asssessed (along with your reflections on your development) in Level 3.

The module runs from Spring term of Level 2 and includes a minimum of 70 days actually in the placement itself, with 30 additional days located in other practice-learning settings, including attendance at skills sessions at the University prior to the placement itself, and during the months that you attend placement.

You will receive an induction at the start of your placement and will be supervised by a practitioner within the placement and assessed by the same person or by an external assessor where this is required by the placement for any reason. The Practice Learning handbook details roles and responsibilities of all parties as well as procedures for dealing with difficulites.

This module includes experience of the following:

  1. Direct practice experience with service users/carers, including the experience of taking considered and professional risks within a particular placement context and setting
  2. practicing within organisational policies, structures and processes and in line with the requirements of relevant social work legislation
  3. regular practice teaching with a designated practice teacher/assessor, including purposeful reflection on the process and content of practice and the links between direct practice, theoretical learning and research
  4. the development, through supervision and practice teaching, of your ability to practice in a self-directed way and to identify when it is necessary and appropriate to seek advice and supervision
  5. the development through supervision and practice teaching of your ability to self-evaluate and seek service users', carers' and peer group feedback on your performance
  6. timely, honest and constructive feedback on direct observations of practice by the practice teacher/assessor or other designated persons
  7. regular feedback on your performance, from social work and other professionals, as well as service users and carers.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 450 hours of work. This breaks down into about 121 hours of contact time and about 329 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: