Social Work Placement for Optimal Career Growth

Field Education is an integral component of the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (Honours). The Field Education capstone course offers students the opportunity to develop practical competence under the qualified supervision of approved human service organisations.

What’s Involved in Social Work Placement?

Your final placement allows you to bring together theoretical and skills-based learning in a practice setting. You'll be partnered with a qualified social worker in a human services agency where you'll receive practice-based education that meets the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) Practice Standards. Placements occur in diverse contexts of practice such as hospitals; state and federal government departments and non-government community-based organisations.

Supported by experienced supervisors who encourage critical reflection, you'll be expertly guided through a development process that focuses on knowledge, skills and values relevant to social work. We also prioritise your learning and professional goals to collaborate and consult on the right placement allocation for you.

For Level 4 placements, we provide exciting opportunities in rural and international settings. Social work interventions may include policy, research, counselling, casework and community work. You'll also develop general social work skills through these placements, which are transferable to all social work contexts.

Field Education Course Types

There are two Field Education courses:

1) Social Work Practice Level 3 Placement

SOCW3012, SOCW3013 (18 units of credit)

Level 3 Placement is a 70-day placement. The placement starts at the end of January and runs four days a week (Monday-Thursday) until early June. Students attend university lectures and tutorials (including Placement Integration Seminars) on Fridays during the semester.

2) Social Work Practice Level 4 Placement

SOCW4017, SOCW4018 (18 units of credit)

Level 4 Placement is a 70-day placement. The placement starts at the beginning of July and finishes in Mid-November. Placement attendance is four days a week (Monday-Thursday). During the semester, students attend Honours and Placement Integration Seminars on Fridays.

Placement Manual

For more information, download the Placement Manual (PDF).

Social Work Field of Education Management System

The Social Work Field Education Management System can be accessed by students who are currently undertaking Level 3 or Level 4 Placement.

How to Grow a Social Worker

For resources and interactive worksheets for student supervision, download: How to Grow a Social Worker: A Comprehensive Guide to Student Supervision (PDF).

Advanced Supervisory Practice Course

The Advanced Supervisory Practice Course offers an intensive training program for supervisors in the techniques of student supervision. Successful completion of the Advanced Supervisory Practice Course significantly enhances the professional competence and efficacy of supervisors and will be completed with a certificate of recognition from UNSW Australia.

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