Practice Learning - Social Work

Practice Learning Team

The team comprises administrators and academic staff who support practice learning for the professional social work courses. We do this by developing, auditing and evaluating placements, allocating students to placements, educating and supporting practice educators and supervisors and contributing to the practice learning that takes place within the university.

The team is based in Harrington Building, Room 305. View map (.pdf 909KB) 

We hope that you will find the following information helpful in supporting, or considering supporting, our students during their important practice learning periods. Practice learning is a critical element of the student experience in any vocational programme and those programmes offered by the School of Social Work, Care and Community are no exception.

If you are an agency interested in providing placements for our social work students we would be very happy to hear from you. Please contact a member of the team above for an initial discussion. Please note that our final placements need to have a social worker on site.

If you are an existing placement provider, practice educator or supervisor, you will be able to access documentation on this page relating to placements, links to useful resources and information about events that may be of interest to you.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the content on these pages please email the team.

Mia Gatrell, Senior Lecturer, Telephone: +44 (0)1772 893474 Email:
Ruth Parkes, Associate Lecturer, Telephone: +44 (0)1772 895407 Email:

Key Information for Placement Providers, Practice Educators and Practice Supervisors

Students on a BA or MA Social Work course will undertake two practice placements.

BA students:

  • First placement: 70 days, full time, from September of their second year.
  • Final placement: 100 days, full time, from February of their third year.

MA students:

  • First placement: 70 days, full time, from February of their first year.
  • Final placement: 100 days, full time, from February/March of their second year.

The placements meet requirements set by the HCPC and College of Social Work and take place in a range of social care and social work settings, fully supervised by a trained practice educator, who must be a registered social worker.

An overview and guidance for those undertaking, or supporting Social Work Student Placements (.doc 205KB)

Documentation for Practice Educators

Placement related documentation. Please note that the following documentation is relevant for all placements.

Practice Learning Handbook BA and MA (.docx 776KB) – this contains key information about processes and procedures, including what to do if concerns are raised during placement.


Events you may wish to attend

Training for Practice Supervisors and Educators

You may be interested in training to become a practice educator. The documents linked to below give details of requirements set by the College of Social Work, contained in the Practice Educator Professional Standards (2013), and our local training arrangements.

For information relating to assessment for Stage 1 or Stage 2 Practice Educator status see document the following document How to become a PE Assessor (.pdf) 537kb

For information about training to become a practice educator see our PE Training flyer. (.pdf) 713kb

For information about training to become a practice supervisor see our PS Training flyer. (.pdf) 675kb

For dates and details of upcoming training please contact the team using the email address

Useful Resources for Practice Educators

Useful Websites:

Useful Links:

Useful articles:

  • Guidance on assessing practice using the PCF

Useful resources for Practice Education: