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