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Community Practice Experience (SPSW) - SPY00028I

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Polly Sykes
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

For this 30 day placement, students will undertake take a social care related project within an independent agency. This module is designed to allow students to experience work in social care first hand, building relevant workplace and employability skills and knowledge while exploring their own specific career interests.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module will enable students to:

  • Develop workplace skills through firsthand experience of working within a community / social care setting, learning to negotiate the challenges of real world practice.

  • Evaluate and apply empirical knowledge and theoretical perspectives learned throughout the course.

  • Begin to contextualise and reflect critically on one or more aspects of practice.

  • Use communication skills effectively in order to engage with the individuals / groups / families who use the services, colleagues, teams and professionals.

  • Take responsibility for their own wellbeing and resilience through reflection and effective use of onsite support.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following common learning outcomes:

  • Good workplace skills, including the ability to take responsibility and an ability to communicate effectively.

  • Understand the remit of their placement provider and work safely and effectively within this remit, paying due attention to policies and procedures.

  • An ability to describe the legal, organisational and social context within which their service is set.

  • An insight into how those using the service perceive the support that they are given, and how support might be further developed to meet the needs.

  • The ability to independently identify, critique and apply a range of interventions and approaches employed in social care support.

Further learning outcomes will be developed individually by each student, as adapted to their specific placement setting and personal learning needs.

Module content

The module will be delivered over the course of three terms. Practice experiences can be completed within term time or during university holidays, at the discretion of the student, which would allow the student to explore alternative settings.

The practice experience is flexible, consisting of 30 days or an equivalent number of hours, starting at any point from Autumn Term Week 4 to Spring Term Week 10 and usually finishing at any point up to Week 2 Summer Term. Students should keep the module convenor appraised of progress / obstacles, and should they fall short of the recommended number of hours the convenor will discuss with them the sufficiency of their experience and support them to make progress. 

Term one:

The community practice experience is introduced, with input from the module convenor, the careers service, the local accredited volunteer centre (York CVS), and interested local organisations.

Students plan and create a project proposal, and agree parameters with input from the module leader and from any relevant provider organisation. Confirmation of practice / project suitability lies with the module convenor, who will ensure that these placements are in a different setting from the prospective statutory social work placements that take place over the final two years of the programme.

Term two

Students work with provider organisations, building their skills and gathering a portfolio of evidence.

Progress is discussed within drop in sessions and small group sessions, where students can access support from academic staff and peers.

Term three

Students have a final placements session, designed to help them to reflect on their learning and prepare for the assessment.

Students reflect on their own progress and that of their project and prepare their report. 


Task Length % of module mark
Placement (UK or abroad)
Placement Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Placement (UK or abroad)
Placement Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive feedback four weeks after submission of the reports using an adapted matrix and independent comments. 

Indicative reading

Students will identify texts specific to their own setting, and will draw on texts used throughout the course to date.

Graham H (2009) Understanding health inequalities. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Parris, M. (2012) An Introduction to Social Work Practice: A Practical Handbook, London: McGraw Hill Education

Social Care Institute for Excellence (2010) ‘The Good Practice Framework’ (accessed 12/5/2017)


The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.