What students do

When studying for a degree at Lancaster, students don't just gain knowledge. They learn about themselves and discover how they can support, challenge, and change the world. 

Students undertake a mix of taught courses within the University and two practice placements of at least 170 days within local social work agencies. Courses enable you to monitor your learning and development from entry level to the end of your training through the Professional Capabilities Framework. By the end of the programme you will be expected to have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and values to work with a range of user groups, the ability to undertake a range of tasks at a foundation level and the capacity to work with more complex situations. In addition, you should be able to work more autonomously, whilst recognising that the final decision will still rest with a supervisor and you will know how to seek appropriate support and supervision for your continuing professional development as you embark on your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

Social work placements

On our social work degrees, all students undertake placements that help them build up career-relevant experience and skills.

Placements provide the opportunity for students to integrate knowledge, skills and values within social work practice settings. The availability of placements is beyond the control of the University and therefore choice is limited. However, we do ensure that all students have the opportunity to meet the Standards of Proficiency for social work.

Placements are provided by agencies in the statutory and voluntary sectors within Lancashire, Cumbria, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen. As placements are across a large geographical area students may have to travel relatively long distances or find accommodation close to their practice to complete them.

The NHS Social Work Bursary contains a fixed contribution  towards placement travel expenses from term-time addresses to placements. It is expected that the agency offering the placement will contribute towards any travel expenses incurred while students are doing placement duties. Find out more about NHS Bursaries

Independent dissertation project

One of the highlights of our degree is the independent research project students complete at the end of their third year. You can choose any topic that you are interested in, and carry out original research under the supervision of one of our lecturers to learn more about it. To get an idea of what past students have researched, take a look at our featured dissertation projects.