Courses & Units

Social Work Practicum 1 HGW513

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Restricted to the Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Prior to the commencement of placement, attendance will be required at scheduled seminars, workshops and an interview held on campus in Semester 1. There are compulsory Preparation for Placement seminars in March, April and June. Placement starts in July of each year

Students enrolled in the Master of Social Work are required to provide:

  • a new National Police Certificate (Schedule 1) obtained through Tasmania Police in Semester 1 for each year that a Professional Education Placement is undertaken.
  • a Working with Children Check.
  • in accordance with the University of Tasmania Safe to Practice Policy and Work Health and Safety Policy, a signed 'Safe to Practice Agreement' in Semester 1 regarding their medical, physical and psychological capacity to practice safely on placement and without adverse impact on themselves, professional colleagues or clients

See more information and resources at Field Education Placements.


Social Work Practicum 1 is a cornerstone unit in the first year of the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) degree. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 500 hours of placement in a setting that is relevant to social work practice in order to experience a range of practice tasks. Full-time placements are undertaken over a period of 14 weeks. A Field educator is allocated to each student and through supervision (provided by a social worker with a minimum of 2 years full time equivalent post graduation experience in the field) the theory of social work is translated into practice. Students will be required to attend preparation seminars and a placement interview prior to commencing placement.


Unit name Social Work Practicum 1
Unit code HGW513
Credit points 37.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work

Co-Coordinators: Dr Sonya Stanford and Matthew Williamson

Teaching staff

Matthew Williamson & Tammy Leslie (Cradle Coast); Brigid Wilkinson & Bronwyn Scanlon (Hobart); Michael Davies (Launceston)

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $2,506.00 2020: $6,324.00 090501

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HGW512, HGW514, HGW515, HGW517



Teaching Pattern

Students undertake 500 hours (minimum) of placement in a setting that is relevant to social work practice. Placements are undertaken on a full time basis. In some circumstances, part time placements may be negotiated, subject to availability. Full time placements are undertaken over a period of 14 weeks. Students will also be required to attend preparation seminars and a field education placement interview in Semester 1.


Continuous evaluation of student performance by the Field Educator. At mid placement and at the end of placement, student, field educator and liaison staff (from the School of Social Sciences, Social Work Program at the University) formally evaluate student performance based on the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Practice Standards 2013 and the AASW Code of Ethics 2010.

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