Field Education: BSW

What is practicum?

Practicum placements are an opportunity for students to gain work experience in the social work field under the supervision of an experienced professional. Placements are completed in a wide range of community and government agencies and can usually be done in your home community. Normally students complete a practicum in a single semester. We do, however, offer a two semester, part-time, option from September to April only. 

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For General enquiries about practicum please contact our
Field Education Assistant, 

 

Pre-Requisites:


Students can choose the semester they wish to complete their practicum in; however, students are responsible for ensuring they have successfully completed their prerequisite courses prior to beginning their placements. (e.g. 311 and 312 must be done before starting SOCW 304 or 304A) Prerequisites, for your year of entry to the program, are listed in the UVic Academic Calendar

  • Students will complete two placements (350 hours per placement) over the course of their program. A practicum seminar is also required.
  • All BSW students are required to complete either a 3rd year practicum placement (SOCW 304) or a 3rd year Prior Learning Assessment (SOCW 304A). The Prior Learning Assessment is an option for students who already have at least two years of social work employment or volunteer experience.
  • All BSW students are also required to complete a 4th year practicum (SOCW 402, 404A or 404).
  • Child Welfare/Indigenous Child Welfare Specialization students need to complete a SOCW 404 (protection) or SOCW 404A (non-protection).
  • Availability of practicum placements differs depending on your area, access to qualified supervisors and time of year.

For questions about BSW pre-requisites, please contact
For questions about MSW pre-requisites, please contact

SOCW 304:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 304 six months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 304 by the following deadlines:

September Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is March 1

January Practicum Placements:
Application Deadline is July 1

May Practicum Placements:
Application Deadline is November 1

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted

 

Steps for applying for Practicum

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual.
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum. (For PLA, please see SOCW 304A)
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application.

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a field education coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your field education coordinator about the process for successfully securing a practicum placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest of learning the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register for your practicum.

SOCW 304A:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 304A six months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 304A by the following deadlines:

September Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is March 1

January Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is July 1

May Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is November 1

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted

Prior Learning Assessment Requirements

To apply you must meet the following requirements:

  • Students who have previous paid or unpaid social work or social justice experience (4000 hours) in the past five years
  • Have completed SOCW 311 and 312 by the time the course starts
  • Have a completed supervisor form submitted at the time of application

Be Advised: This is a challenging course that requires students to reflect on their practice and engage in critical self-evaluation in an online group environment.

The online course provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your current practice, to engage with other students completing the course, and to demonstrate your competency as an anti-oppressive social work practitioner. You are assigned to an assessor, rather than an instructor. The assessor will guide you through the process and evaluate how you demonstrate evidence of meeting the competencies of a 3rd year practicum. Your final grade will be a pass or fail mark, with no letter grade assigned.

Steps for Applying for Prior Learning Assessment

  1. Download the supervisor form which will go to the course assessor as an assignment
  2. Submit PLA Application and supervisor form

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you listed in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed a field education coordinator will contact you.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register for SOCW 304A
Remember: Students who complete a PLA are also required to complete a 4th year practicum placement (SOCW 402, 404 or 404A).

SOCW 402:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 402 eight months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 402 by the following deadlines:

September Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is March 1

January Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is July 1

May Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is November 1

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted

Steps for applying for Practicum

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a field education coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your field education coordinator about the process for successfully securing a practicum placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest of learning the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register for your practicum.

SOCW 404/404A:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 404/404A eight months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 404/404A by the following deadlines:

September Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is March 1

January Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is July 1

May Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is November 1

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted


Steps for applying for Practicum

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a field education coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your field education coordinator about the process for successfully securing a practicum placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest of learning the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register for your practicum.

International Placements:


The School of Social Work permits international practicum placements for 4th year BSW and MSW students only. The process of securing and confirming international placements can be challenging, and as such, we require applications to be submitted nine months in advance. Students need to apply for their international placements by the following deadlines:

September Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is December 1

January Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is April 1

May Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is August 1

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted


Steps for applying for Practicum

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a field education coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your field education coordinator about the process for successfully securing a practicum placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest of learning the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register for your practicum.