The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has a number of field work courses which are offered as part of the Bachelor of Social Work, the Master of Counselling, and the Master of Social Work Studies programs.

About the Field Education Unit

The School's Field Education Unit is responsible for organising and matching students with practical placements. The Unit strives to provide the necessary balance between support and challenge in order to maximise a student’s learning opportunities whilst on field placement.

The Field Education Unit is available for the duration of a student’s program, for consultation and assistance regarding placement and field education issues.

Field education online database

The Field Education Unit utilises an online database for the organisation and assessment of student placements.

Students are provided with internet portals that enable them to have easy access to information about the agency that they are placed with and evaluation forms to be used to assess the students’ progression on placement.

Students will be provided with a username and password during the placement organisation process.

Hours of placement

Semester 1, 2017

  • Field Placement 1 : SWSP3155 (Bachelor of Social Work) & SWSP7155 (Master of Social Work Studies)
    • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 10 February 2017
    • Commence Placement: 13 February 2017 (note: this is two weeks before semester starts)
    • Complete Placement: 16 June 2017
    • A minimum of 500 hours, 18 weeks, 4 days per week
 
  • Field Placement 2 : SWSP4266 (Bachelor of Social Work) & SWSP7266 (Master of Social Work Studies)
    • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 10 February 2017
    • Commence Placement: 13 February 2017 (note: this is two weeks before semester starts)
    • Complete Placement: 16 June 2017
    • A minimum of 500 hours, 18 weeks, 4 days per week

Semester 2, 2017

  • Field Placement 1 : SWSP7155 (Master of Social Work Studies)
    • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 7 July 2017
    • Commence Placement: 10 July 2017 (note: this is two weeks before semester starts)
    • Complete Placement: 10 November 2017
    • A minimum of 500 hours, 18 weeks, 4 days per week
 
  • Field Placement 1 : SWSP7366 – Master of Social Work Studies
    • Commence Placement: 26 June 2017 (note: this is four weeks before semester starts)
    • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 7 July 2017 (note: an earlier date may be set if multiple students enrol in the course – students will be advised in due course)
    • Complete placement: 17 November 2017
    • A minimum of 600 hours, 21 weeks, 4 days per week
 
  • Field Placement 2 : SWSP4266 (Bachelor of Social Work) & SWSP7266 (Master of Social Work Studies)
    • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 7 July 2017
    • Commence Placement: 10 July 2017 (note: this is two weeks before semester starts)
    • Complete Placement: 10 November 2017
    • A minimum of 500 hours, 18 weeks, 4 days per week

Masters of Counselling 

  • A 6 unit course COUN7020 provides the placement component of the Master of Counselling program
  • Students complete this placement course in the second year (or equivalent) of their program. Students are only able to undertake this placement course following successful completion of all first year courses and evidence of competency in basic counselling skills
  • This placement course is a year-long course occurring over consecutive semesters. Placements commence in February-March each year and finish in November. Students enrol in COUN7020A (Semester 1) and COUN7020B (Semester 2)
  • Students complete a minimum of 182 placement hours (usually 2 days per week for 13 weeks) each semester
  • Students attend a compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop in August of the year previous to undertaking placement

Field Placement Manuals

Fact sheets for placement

Placement opportunities

Below are some of the areas where social work and human services placements can be taken:

  • Aged
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Child Safety
  • Community Mental Health
  • Community Centres
  • Community Development
  • Corrections
  • Defence Forces (limited opportunities in this category)
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Family and Children
  • Hospitals - Other
  • Housing
  • Income Security
  • Indigenous
  • International (second placement students only who meet eligible criteria)
  • Legal
  • Local Government
  • Men's Issues
  • Multicultural
  • Policy & Research
  • Prisoners (limited opportunities in this category)
  • Queensland Health (limited options for Human Services placements)
  • Rural and Remote (second placement students only)
  • Women's Issues
  • Youth
  • Youth Justice

Deferring placement

If you wish to defer, or have deferred placement, please ensure that you contact the Field Education Unit at the start of the semester before you intend to go on placement.

Blue Card and Immunisations

Please see the Social Work and Human Services Student Users' Guides for information about the Blue Card and Hepatitis B immunisations requirements.

Rural, Remote, Interstate and International Placements

There are opportunities for students to complete their final placement in a rural/remote area, in another state of Australia, or even in another country. An application needs to be lodged with the Field Education Unit around the time that students are being interviewed for placements in the following semester. Emails will be sent out to all relevant students at this time, setting out the steps to take. Lodging an application does not guarantee that you will be accepted for a rural, remote, interstate or international placement. Certain travel requirements must be completed well in advance of the placement commencing. Information about travel insurance is available at: FBS Travel Insurance webpage.

A UQ Travel Notification Form (spreadsheet) needs to be completed before travel to a rural, remote, interstate or international placement commences. This spreadsheet (first link below) needs to be emailed to fielded@uq.edu.au.

International placements also require a Travel Checklist (Student Placement International Travel Acknowledgement form), which can be downloaded from the second link below and lodged with the Field Education Unit once filled out and signed by the student.

Policies, Procedures and Forms:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Placement in Workplace

Enquiries to:

If you would like to make an enquiry please email fielded@uq.edu.au or call (07) 3365 2462.