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Social work placements

As part of the MSocW Social Work, and in order to become a qualified social worker, you will undertake approximately 200 days work placement split into two periods of placement during your degree course. These placements provide you with direct experience of being a social worker, drawing on the theory and skills you develop through the programme. We have dedicated social work placement staff who will arrange the placement opportunities for you. Working with our partnership agencies, on placement you will have first-hand experience of being a social worker under the guidance of trained practice teachers.

Placements: Opportunity to put theory and practice together

Applied Social Science and Social Policy shadowing placements

At York we recognise that shadowing placements offer a valuable learning experience to complement your academic study to allow you to see first-hand how real-world issues are addressed in practice. Many students use their placement experience as a basis for their dissertation, to inform their future careers and develop their employability

Our students' placement experiences

Placement: Observation of two Crown Courts. Photo (cc) Matt Cornock

Placement: National charity that aims to reduce reoffending among young people. Photo (cc)

Placement: Charity whose mission is to promote social inclusion to vulnerable young people. Photo (cc)

Placement: Voluntary organisation working with children who go missing from home. Photo (cc)

Integral to our courses

Work shadowing placements are an integral and core part of our BA Social Policy (Children and Young People) and BA Social Policy (Crime and Criminal Justice) degree courses. We also offer the opportunity to undertake a shadowing placement as an optional part of the BA Social Policy and BA Applied Social Science degree programmes. Shadowing placements are organised by you under guidance from academic staff.

Between your second and third year you will undertake a work shadowing placement lasting for around 80 hours. By going on placement, you will see first hand the policy-practice releationship in a variety of contexts. Watching and talking to professional workers will offer you a completely different form of learning experience. You may go on to incorporate the real-world issues you have experienced within your dissertation or follow through in the development of your own career.

Previous placements arranged by students have included:

  • Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts
  • Drug Intervention Projects and Rehabilitation Units
  • Out-reach Youth Work
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Charities: Homelessness, Social Inclusion and Young People
  • Life Skills Development Centres and Sure Start Children's Centres