Social Work Placements
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
Undergraduate Social Work
First placement 500 hours (18 weeks, 4 days per week)
Second placement 500 hours (18 weeks, 4 days per week)
Masters of Social Work Studies
32 Unit Course first placement 500 hours (18 weeks, 4 days per week)
- Field Placement 1 - SWSP7155. Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop July 8, 2016. Commence placement July 11, 2016 (note that this is two weeks before semester starts). Complete placement November 11, 2016.
32 Unit Course second placement 500 hours (18 weeks, 4 days per week)
- Field Placement 2 - SWSP7266. Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop July 8, 2016. Commence placement July 11, 2016 (note that this is two weeks before semester starts). Complete placement November 11, 2016.
24 Unit Course first and only placement 600 hours (21 weeks, 4 days per week)
- Field Placement 1 - SWSP7366. Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop July 8, 2016. Commence placement June 27, 2016 (note that this is four weeks before semester starts). Complete placement November 18, 2016.
Masters of Counselling (TBA)
Field Placement Manuals
- Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work Studies
- Bachelor of Human Services
- Master of Counselling
Fact sheets for placement
Below are some of the areas where social work and human services placements can be taken:
- Alcohol and Drugs
- Child Safety
- Community Mental Health
- Community Centres
- Community Development
- Defence Forces (limited opportunities in this category)
- Family and Children
- Hospitals - Other
- Income Security
- International (second placement students only who meet eligible criteria)
- Local Government
- Men's Issues
- 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 Justice
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Travel Notification Form
- International Student Placement - Acknowledgement Form
- Policy on Rural and Remote Placements
Policies, Procedures and Forms:
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Placement in Workplace
If you would like to make an enquiry please email email@example.com or call (07) 3365 2462.