I have absolutely loved my placements. We were able to pick organisations in areas that we were passionate about and therefore really wanted to work with. I did a placement with a charity called HOPE. This organisation supported people in the community with mental health issues. I ran support groups and did home assessments. My current placement at St Anne’s in Leeds. I have been lucky enough to secure a part-time job as a Community Care Officer.
Employers place a high value on graduates who can show that they have relevant work experience.
To prepare students for future employment, all students complete a work based placement during the 2nd year of the course. The placement takes place in Semester 1 of the 2nd year. Each placement is 100 hours, which is around 14 days.
The placement will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in real-world settings. You will also gain valuable experience and develop skills that will help you succeed in the job market when you graduate.
We work closely with employers to secure placement opportunities for students. Students have completed successful placements in areas such as:
- Mental health
- Drugs and alcohol services
- Youth services
- Care homes
- Housing and homelessness
- Supporting refugees and asylum seekers
- Public health teams in local councils
- Charities working in health and with vulnerable communities
Learning and assessment
Teaching methods include formal lectures, seminars, group work and tutorials, supported by our virtual learning environment Canvas. This is used to access additional learning resources and will let you participate in online group discussions and activities.
Assessment strategies will aim to develop both knowledge and skills and include written assessment, verbal and poster presentations, reflective accounts and case studies.