Field education is a core component of Australian undergraduate and graduate Social Work courses. Field education is based on a philosophy that students learn best by doing and that learning should take place in a workplace environment. In the Field Education program students are required to complete two placements, each for 70 days duration. Placements take place in the third and fourth year of the Bachelor of Social Work program and in the first and second years of the Masters of Social Work.
The learning that occurs during placement is supervised by qualified social workers who support students to integrate social work theory into practice and develop the skills, values and knowledge to work effectively in contemporary social work settings. Placements are designed to provide students with learning opportunities in different practice settings (e.g. child protection, aged care, disability), in varied practice methodologies (e.g. counselling, group work, community development, social policy, research) and with different client groups in accordance with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Education and Accreditation Standards (2013) for Field Education.
Before considering enrolling for a BSW or MSW degree it is important to read the Inherent Requirements of the MSW and BSW.