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Placement I - SPY00064H

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Polly Sykes
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

All social work students are required to undertake a 70 day first placement. Your first placement will enable you to learn more about yourself as a learner and as a developing professional, and will offer opportunities for you to develop the skills you need to progress to the next level (see End of First Placement: Student PCF Descriptors).

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The degree in social work is the standard UK qualification for those seeking to work as social workers. It was introduced in England in 2003 and 2004, replacing the Diploma in Social Work, and has recently undergone significant reforms to strengthen professional practice standards and requirements.

Students are required to spend 200 days in practice learning. This should include three elements –

  • 30 days of skills practice (at York, these are integrated into academic modules throughout the programme, predominantly in year 1);
  • 70 days first placement;
  • 100 days final placement.

This module is the 70 day first placement.

Module learning outcomes

During the first placement students will demonstrate ‘professional capabilities’ across 9 ‘domains’ at the level appropriate to the End of First Placement.

LO1: Professionalism

LO2: Values & Ethics 

LO3: Diversity & Equality 

LO4: Right Justice & Economic Wellbeing

LO5: Knowledge 

LO6: Critical Reflection & Analysis

LO7: Skills & Interventions 

LO8: Contexts & Organisations 

LO9: Professional Leadership 

Details of professional capabilities expectations for each domain at:


Module content

Students will be supported by a Practice Educator and a University Liaison whilst on their placement. 


Task Length % of module mark
End of Placement Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

Pass/fail & Non-compensatable


Task Length % of module mark
End of Placement Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students receive feedback from their Practice Educator as part of the report writing process. Students are informed about their grade (P/F) within 4 weeks of submission. 

Indicative reading

Lomax, R. (2010) Surviving your social work placement. New York : Palgrave Macmillan.

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.