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Placement II - SPY00137M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Polly Sykes
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module summary

All social work students are required to complete a 100 day final placement. Your final placement is designed to prepare you for your first job as a qualified social worker (see End of Final Placement: Student PCF Descriptors).

Professional requirements

Practice Educators assess students against the 9 domains of the Professional capabilities Framework

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22
B Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

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 100 day second placement.

Module learning outcomes

During the second placement students will acquire ‘professional capabilities’ across 9 ‘domains’ at Qualifying level.

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 expectations within each domain are available at:

Students will also gain an understanding of the role of the KSS as a framework for post-qualifying practice, in preparation for future employment. Details of the KSS for adult social work can be found at:

Details of the KSS for child and family social work can be found at:

Module content

Practice learning on placement supported by a Practice Educator.

Students are allocated a University Liason who assists the student in setting up a Placement Learning Agreement and confers with the student and Practice Educator at the midway point of the placement. The University Liason is the university contact if there are any issues on placement and will chair and action planning meeting to create an action plan if issues arise.


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

Special assessment rules

Pass/fail & Non-compensatable

Additional assessment information

Where a placement has broken down, or a fail recommended, the Independent Practice Panel may recommend that an additional placement is sought for the student. Where this is the case, a replacement placement time-limited protocol will be applied which permits approach to minimum one and maximum three further organisations with a view to securing a placement within a maximum period of four calendar months from the date on which the student is informed of the IPP decision.

Students who have not secured a replacement placement within four months are permitted to withdraw from the programme at that point and prior to their deadline for programme completion. Unless withdrawn, students who fail to secure and complete a replacement placement will be recorded as having failed the module and will therefore not be eligible for the qualifying social work degree award.


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

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. Processes are in place to support the student if the Practice Educator does not feel the student is on track to pass their placement.

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.