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Unit Overview


The final placement serves three purposes. It provides students with an opportunity to build on and extend the professional knowledge and skills acquired on the first placement and to apply and 'test out' subsequent theoretical and reflective learning in the University, thus allowing for the application of learning. It also provides a longer period for agency based learning, thus facilitating greater depth for learning. Finally, it offers students a contrasting practice setting, allowing them to transfer their learning across client populations, problem circumstances and organisational environments. This process facilitates the development of professional identity based on an understanding of the 'universals' of practice. The required hours of the AASW for all placements during the BSW is 1000 hours. Students need to ensure that all required hours have been completed by the end of Field Education Two. Placement hours include compulsory attendance integration days. Students are also required to attend orientation days and consolidation, which are in addition to placement hours. Students complete a Common Assessment Tool and supporting Portfolio of Evidence. Students also undertake a presentation of a critical reflection during placement.

18 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Off-campus
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 core unit in the Social Work major sequence

Students are able to (1) apply social work knowledge and values across different fields of practice in order to address inequalities; (2) analyse the application of critical reflective skills and ethical decision making in social work practice; (3) apply appropriate social work theories and change strategies within different organisational and policy contexts; (4) analyse social, political, economic, historical, cultural and ecological systems and their impact on social inequality, vulnerability and trauma; (5) demonstrate the ability to undertake a range of assessments and interventions; (6) demonstrate the ability to utilise research findings to inform practice and social policy; (7) demonstrate competent interpersonal, advocacy and written communications skills with a diverse range of people and groups in a range of applications; (8) demonstrate the understanding and application of cultural knowledge sensitivity practice; and (9) critique own learning needs and engage in critical reflection of practice.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) placement appraisal; (2) written assignment; and (3) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the placement appraisal and professional behaviour assessment components.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Lisa Lee
Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH017 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
and Successful completion of
144 Points
and SWSP3001 Field Education 1: First Placement
SWSP5429 Field Education 2: Final Placement
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Department of Education Criminal Clearance (estimated cost - $35)
(2) Optional rural placement travel costs (estimated cost - $35).
Contact hours
550 hours
This unit does not fall into the standard University semesters and thus has non-standard withdrawal and census deadlines. Contact Student Administration for more information. Students are required to travel as part of their field placement. This placement is 550 hours full time.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.