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Practice learning information: MSc Social Work

Practice Learning: Fresh thinking ... informing practice

‘Practice is central to the new degree, with academic learning supporting practice, rather than the other way around.'

Requirements for Social Work Training, Department of Health (2002)

Our MSc in Social Work programme is committed to providing a high quality and rigorous education for all students, ensuring that those qualifying from Royal Holloway demonstrate high professional standards reflecting core social work knowledge, skills and values.

Our programme meets The College of Social Work (TCSW) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Social Work training requirements, including the requirement to undertake 30 days skills development days and 170 days assessed practice learning throughout the MSc programme of study.

MSc students undertake assessed practice placements in year 1 of 70 days duration  and year 2 of 100 days duration.

A practice placement has a very clear focus and purpose – to offer a structured opportunity for students to demonstrate capability in a wide range of knowledge, skills and values against nationally agreed standards and to be assessed by a suitably qualified and/or experienced practice educator.

Students undertaking a placement will be assessed against the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) http://www.tcsw.org.uk/ProfessionalCapabilitiesFramework/

Students will be expected to adhere to, evidence and address the HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics which can be accessed here http://www.hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/10002D1BGuidanceonconductandethicsforstudents.pdf

The HCPC and TCSW have mapped the Standards of Proficiency for Social Work in England (SOPs) against the PCF expectations for social work students at the end of their last placement. This mapping document can be found here http://www.hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/10003b08standardsofproficiency-socialworkersinengland.pdf

If you do have any queries in relation to practice placements or about any aspect of this site contact, Donna Jones, Practice Learning & Development Manager via the link on the right,  who will assist you.


We hope you enjoy your practice placement experience with Royal Holloway.





Placement Unit

Donna Jones

Practice Learning
Development Manager

Catherine Reaney

Practice Placement

Patricia Alexander

Placement Tutor

Ceppy Hosegood

Placement Tutor

Karen Okuefuna-Budd

Placement Tutor





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