Practice Placement 2 - SOCI9220

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 30 (15) checkmark-circle


Students will attend placement for a period in line with regulator standards and carry out direct work with service-users in a social work or social care organisation. They will develop skills, knowledge and values through experiential learning supervised by a qualified practice educator.

Involvement in practice activities will enable students by the end of last placement to have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and values to work with a range of user groups, and the ability to undertake a range of tasks at a foundation level, the capacity to work with more complex situations; they should be able to work more autonomously, whilst recognising that the final decision will still rest with their supervisor; they will seek appropriate support and supervision.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 18
Private study hours: 600
Total study hours: 618


Social Work MA - compulsory module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Portfolio (4000) – Pass/fail (100%)
Note the portfolio is marked as one item but contains the following elements: four reflective summaries PLUS additional material dependant on format and contents

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

Adams R, Dominelli L and Payne M (2009) Critical Practice in Social Work. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Banks S (2012) Ethics and Values in Social Work 4th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Fook J (2016) Social Work: A Critical Approach to Practice. 3rd ed. London: Sage Publications
Lishman, J (2015) (ed) Handbook for practice learning in social work and social care: Knowledge and theory 3rd ed., London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Stepney P and Ford D (2012) Social Work Models, Methods and Theories Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing
Trevithick, P (2012) Social work skills and knowledge: A practice handbook. 3rd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press
Watson F, Burrows H, Player C (2002) Integrating Theory and Practice in Social Work London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development.
8.2 Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice.
8.3 Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice.
8.4 Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic well-being.
8.5 Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory.
8.6 Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making.
8.7 Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse.
8.8 Engage with, inform, and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within own organisational frameworks and contribute to the development of services and organisations. Operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional partnerships and settings.
8.9 Take responsibility for the professional learning and development of others through supervision, mentoring, assessing, research, teaching, leadership and management.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate developed communication skills appropriate to a variety of audiences and/or using a range of methods which are commensurate with postgraduate study.
9.2 Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of communication and identify skills in working cooperatively, but also identifying and working with difficulties, on a range of group tasks. Reflect critically on effectiveness of skills used.
9.3 Critically explore personal strengths and weaknesses, informed by critical judgements based on theoretical material as well as feedback from others


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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